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Heater core for 2002 volvo s40

Smell of antifreeze in car, heater an ddefrost not working. How hard i sthis to replace on my own. Can't find aftermarket part, do you know if available for this model?

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Do you have a Chilton or Hayes manuel on the vehicle they will guide you in th removal and install of the heater core unit, Every one i have changed out has been under the dash and difficult to do.Go to a radiator repair shpo they should be able to help out with a new one or a rebuilt unit .

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