Hi first timer here, Good year wants to charge me $650.00 to remove and replace my heater core in my Expedition. Is it worth that much trouble or can I find some where cheaper to get it done? Any Help would be deeply apprieciative.
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If it is necessary to remove the heater assembly, the cooling system must be drained before removing the heater core.
When a heater core leaks, a new heater core is installed or the old one repaired. Heater Housing
The heater housing is usually under the dash and must be removed to gain access to the heater core.
Procedures for replacing the heater core vary with the year, make, and model of car. It threfore necessary to consult the manufacturer's repair manuals for the proper procedure for replacement.
The heater housing is disassembled to get to the heater core.
Remove the access panels(s) or the split heater/air conditioning case to gain acess to the heater core.
Remove the heater coolant hoses.
Remove the cable and/or vacuum control lines (if equipped).
Remove the heater core securing brackets and/or clamps.
Lift the core from the case. Do not use force. Take care not to damage the fins of the heater core when removing.
To reinstall the heater core, reverse the removal steps.
When the heater core leaks and must be repaired or replaced, it is a very difficult and time-consuming job primarily because of the core's location deep within the firewall of the car. For this reason always leak test a replacement heater core before installation.
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.
There may be a corrosive in the system. Flushing the system should be done at least every 2 years. Your vehicle is now 12 years old, but I have not seen a heater core go bad in 10 months, it may have been defective, and should have some type of warranty.
Dear Heater Core Hunter, For your 01 expedition, that has the 5.4 liter motor in it, the heater core is located in the evaporator case assembly, where the blowermotor itself is located,This is a pretty darn good labor intensive job, if you open the passenger front door and get down onyour knees and look up underneath the dash.....that's what you're going to be removing and replacing, the heater core is inside of this black case.Please get back to me if you have any more questions...I'M HERE TO HELP!!!
Heater core is a lot of work, but not extremely technical. You do have to remove the console, if applicable, and most of the passenger side dash materials, until you can get to all the small bolts on the bottom of the black blower unit. Beware of all the blend doors, they have to go back in the right places!. Then, to get the old core out, you may want to cut the metal tubes of the heater core, so you can work loose the hose connections to fit the new one. Strongly recommend Ford OEM replacement core, about $110, for fit. Also check closely the bottom of the blend door axle for cracks, you may want to replace it (about $35) while you are there. Local A/C shop with good reputation quotes $350 labor for this job. Good luck!