1990 toyota camry wagon (v6;auto;with A/C) Someone changed my heater core and cracked the radiator. Shopping around online just to get a feel for prices i see the difference is in ''core size''. How can i find out what core size the radiator in this car is? (no i don't have a manual :)
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Re: 1990 toyota camry wagon core size?
Measure it ,simple,some models have a bigger rad and some have more tubes in matrix depending of the end market where vehicle is sold .
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Toyota normally use a viscous fan hub which fails when required especially when waiting at lights or when using high rpm's going up hills... Have a compression test done to determine head gasket or cracks . Check cooling system for leaks with a coolant system pressure test . Have the radiator flow tested checking for blocked cores.. First stop for me would be the hub if you have one.
You may also have blockage in the cooling system. If you want to check for blockage yourself, you can do the following.
Checking coolant circulation;
After the engine has ran for 6 to 8 minutes, and the heater has been on for a few minutes, turn the engine off and very carefully reach behind the engine, at the firewall and feel both of the hoses that go to the heater core. ( the hoses are usually about 1 inch in diameter ). If both hoses are hot, then you should have good criculation, however, if only one of the hoses are hot there is something blocking the ciculation. I usually flush the whole cooling system first and if that doesn't fix the problem then you need to check, or have checked, the heater core valve. It's usually in the cab near the heater core, but some vehicles do have them in the engine compartment.
The only antifreeze that goes into your car is two hoses (one in, one out of firewall, behind engine) that connect to what looks like a mini radiator. This is called the heater core. Usually this leaks to the passenger side, however it simply has to be your heater core leaking. Tell them to connect those two hoses together instead of running them into fire wall, and if the problem stops, which it will, to replace the heater core. How big is the leak by the way?
To begin, if you have A/C, you're screwed. You HAVE to take it into a shop cause the system has to be discharged. Otherwise: pretty much you need to take apart the entire dash. Well, the lower portion anyways. Take all the cover panels off, then take out the center console, and the plastic around your shifter. After that, take out the metal supports for the dash. Then take the duct between the fan (far right) and the heater unit (center) out. Now, you're left with the heater unit which is in the center. Go under the hood and around that center area you'll see two hoses coming out of the firewall. Drain the radiator, and then disconnect those two hoses. Now you can take out the heater unit. Inside the unit is the heater core. In order to install, just do the reverse. Hope this helps.
You are losing coolant if you have a coolant pressure tester follow the directions and use it. If you don't when the car is cool use a 50/50 solutuion of water and coolant fill system and check all the listed items carefully with a flash light and look for leaks. It is either a bad hose, cap, water pump or radiator. Your coolant circulates through the dash and the blower blows throught the heater core to produce heat. No coolant no heat. I would also check the passanger side floor for anti freeze or moisture could be a leaking heater core also.
check the heater control valve. its a plastic valve in the engine compartment, ensure the cable is attached and also ensure that the valve moves when heat is selected. also it is possible that someone has bypassed the heater core due to a leak. check to make sure both hoses are still connected.