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Hi John,A heater core replacement is a very fragile and difficult job, I strongly suggest that you have a shop do this job. It is really easy to damage hard to get pieces, as well as the core itself....
If you smell antifreeze it may be 3 possibilities: 1. you may have a leaking hose/hose connector , or water pump. 2. your heater core is bad and needs replaced. Unless you know what you are doing I would highly suggest taking to dealer for heater core replacement. The dash and steering colum has to be removed to get to the heater core. This is not an easy job believe me (about-900-1200 job). If you have your heater core replaced then also replace the climate control door. This is good preventative maintenance and also a a dollar saver. I would have a pressure check run on your radiator as a first thought. All you may have is a bad hose and that can easily be replaced.
Hello delton33: My name is Roger and I will answer for you. The time allowance for the heater core is 6.5 hrs. The money amount would depend on the shops prevailing wages. Depending on where you are will dictate the chargers. Costs are higher in California thea they are in Kansas.Take the shop labor rate and multiply by 6.5 hrs.If the A/C needs to be drained then add 1.5 hrs. to the job.
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it is better if you take it to a shop . the entire dash has to come out and be put aside or you'll never get it out of the car sorry .i have done this mant times and that is the easyiest way or you'll find yourself ruining a new heater core
the best I can recommend at this time is go to auto zone and ask if they can provide a diagram print out for you I have a Haynes book and it states: to pull off the cover of the heater core/evaporator core housing it has small screws and then pull the blend door assembly out to expose the heater core
Heater core is located under the dash board, as Jenkins said you need to remove the dash board amd all other panel to access it, you will have to spend at least 2 hours to remove them if you're not familiar with it, becareful not to break plastic locks and tabs. Get your self a service manual for your car and it will be a great help.