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How do you change the heater core in a 2002 Dodge Intrepid?

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  • Loei Yang May 11, 2010

    You going to have to take the hole dash board out. is not a easy job and and i recommend to live it for a pro to do it



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Have done this job before stan cather and dennis weid are both complete idiots their answers show they have never done this job before follow the steps from glchristie that is the exact procedure

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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the remote battery post located near the right strut tower.
    CAUTION After disconnecting the negative battery cable, wait 2 minutes for the driver-s/passenger-s air bag system capacitor to discharge before attempting to do any work around the steering column or instrument
    Remove the instrument panel by removing or disconnecting the following:
  2. NOTE On the LHS or 300M, remove the center bezel prior to the shifter bezel
    Shifter knob Allen screw Both instrument panel end covers Using a trim stick tool, gently pry upward on the shifter bezel; then, disconnect both wiring connectors and a light bulb socket connector; then, remove the socket.
  3. Remove the 2 lower instrument panel cover screws (outside end) and disconnect the deck lid release switch wiring connector. Pull the lower instrument panel cover rearward releasing the clips. Remove the cable-to-brake release handle. Pull the cover rearward and remove it.
  4. If equipped for 6 passengers, remove the lower floor bin.
  5. If equipped for 5 passengers, remove or disconnect the following items:

    Center bezel using the trim stick Heater/air conditioning housing assembly control switch and the traction control switch wiring harnesses Bezel from the vehicle Two left side console side cover screws, pull the cover outward and remove from the vehicle Lower glove box door; the 2 screws are located at the right console side cover, pull outward and remove it 2 bracket screws and the 2 inside the console bin; then, remove the console 2 center lower instrument panel nuts 4 steel reinforcement-to-lower instrument panel cover bottom bolts 16-way DLC from the reinforcement left floor duct/silencer pad screw and the pad Steering column shrouds Shift interlock cable at the ignition switch Column wiring The under column duct section Left panel air conditioning outlet duct The 4 brake pedal support bracket-to-column mounting bolts Lower the steering column Heater/air conditioning housing and the Air bag Control Module (ACM) harness connectors then, the 2 ground eyelets from the floor tunnel near the bulkhead Using a trim stick, carefully, pry out on the left and right A-pillar trim moldings and slide them rearward to remove them.
  6. Using a trim stick, carefully pry upward on the instrument panel top cover, and remove it.
  7. From both sides, remove the scuff plate screw. Using a trim stick, carefully, pry out the scuff plates and remove them.
  8. Remove or disconnect the following:

    3 right side cowl panel screws and the panel 3 left side cowl panel screws and the panel Remove the right side under dash silencer and pad 2 right side radio antenna and amplifier harness connectors Left side junction block and Body Control Module (BCM) harness connectors 8 instrument panel-to-chassis screws Pull the instrument panel rearward Instrument panel from the vehicle with the help of an assistant ischarge and recover the air conditioning system refrigerant.
  9. Drain the cooling system into a clean container for reuse.
  10. Place shop cloths in the interior to catch any excess coolant.
  11. Remove or disconnect the following:
    WARNING The air conditioning lubricant used in this system absorbs moisture readily. Do not leave any portion of the system open for any long period of time.

    Air cleaner hose and the air distribution duct Heater hoses-to-dash panel spring type fasteners and the heater hoses from the heater core. Plug the openings to prevent coolant spillage. Refrigerant lines-to-expansion valve nut and separate the refrigerant lines from the expansion valve. Plug the openings to prevent contamination. 3 heater/air conditioning housing assembly-to-chassis nuts from the engine compartment 2 defroster duct screws and the duct Heater/air conditioning housing assembly-to-dash panel nuts and screws 4 rear seat heat duct nuts and the duct Rear seat heat duct elbow push-pin fastener Electrical connector from the heater/air conditioning housing assembly Pull the heater/air conditioning housing assembly rearward and remove it from the vehicle 2 heater core-to-heater/air conditioning housing assembly screws Heater core from the heater/air conditioning housing assembly
contact me and i can tell you how to put it back together

Posted on Jun 28, 2009


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first off, disconnect your battery for at least 30 min before touching any plugs or harnesses. next, bleed your A/C and disconnect the quick connects that go inside the firewall. drain your coolant, and disconnect hoses from firewall. note a certain bolt with nut on it that is going to the inside of the firewall, you'll need to take that off when you get to the airbox inside the truck which houses your heater core. next, take off the pillar handles next to the windshield, then pop off the plastic dash panel with defroster vents. there are a few bolts up there that need to be taken out all the way across. next, take off your glove box. remove plastic below the drink carrier. there are 2 bolts there on left and right once you remove the plastic. there's a yellow or red AirBag plug which you may or may not need to disconnect later. next, drop down the whole steering wheel column. 4 bolts I believe. look up under there on both sides, you will see a 2inch piece of tubing that goes from each side of the truck. your dash and everything you see in front of you is connected to that tube. find on each side of the truck where that tube is mounted to the body with brackets. There are 2-3 bolts on each side I think. When you get those out, and the steering wheel is sitting in the seat or on the floor, the whole dash and panel should tilt and lay on the seats. there are wires from your a/c controls and radio which you'll have to disconnect and some various other wires as well. I also think you'll have to disconnect a harness plug with bolt in it on the drivers side. (white) after you've done all that and don't have the dash and panel in a bind with wire hangups you can now get to the air box. I don't remember how many bolts, but don't forget the one in the engine bay going to it also. get the box unbolted, then roll it up, remove 2 clips holding the heater core in, replace heater core and do this whole process backwards. Hopefully you didn't lose any screws or bolts. charge your a/c, replace coolant, make sure all plugs are connected before connecting power. Should save you $400-$500 in labor.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009

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You will have to remove a large portion of the dashboard. It is on the pasenger side, lower section.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Changing the heater core in a 1994 Dodge Intrepid,

Sorry, nope. You have to get in there and tear it out. OR you can by an electric heater from Habor Fri**t and set it in the seat next to you. Plugs into the cig. lighter plug. 

Posted on Oct 17, 2009

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SOURCE: 2002 dodge 1500 Changed radiator, thermostat, and hoses. No heat

Why was radiator replaced?Did it have heat before ? If it was plugged, the heater core may also be plugged. Try flushing it with a water hose in both directions. I dont know why the botton radiator hose would be cold, the radiator should be a uniform temp and the air coming through the radiator should be HOT, when the engine is at operating temp. What condition was the old coolant? if it was rusty, the water pump may have lower flow than normal.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

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SOURCE: 2002 Dodge Intrepid has no heat

Radiators do not "go out". They leak or they don't... that's it. You wasted money changing a radiator if you aren't loosing coolant. The thermostat (~$10) is all you needed to change.

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How do you change the heater core in a 2002 dodge intrepid se 2.7

-Why need to be replace... ? Is it completely broken, leak...?
Or only blow cold air. No heat at all?
-If only cold air then possibly no the heater core. The problem is the heater valve or may be the system is clogged. It need to be flash.
-But you want to replace any way then follow the basic instruction below:
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You need to ask when you have water on the carpet
& little cabin heat

It over heats because the coolant is on the carpet &
your not finding out why & checking coolant level

Why would you even drive it

When a car overheats you make a run for home or a shop &
get about resolving the problem,or you can ruin the vehicle,
I would think that would be obvious

Is the heater core leaking or a head gasket & the heater core

That is what you have a repair shop check out

Can't use it at all for now

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If both heater hoses are getting hot, and the radiator is full of coolant, you may have a problem with the blend door under the dash.
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Sorry, nope. You have to get in there and tear it out. OR you can by an electric heater from Habor Fri**t and set it in the seat next to you. Plugs into the cig. lighter plug. 

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There is so many steps required in this procedure. I would recommend purchasing a repair manual so that you have it on hand.

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Radiators do not "go out". They leak or they don't... that's it. You wasted money changing a radiator if you aren't loosing coolant. The thermostat (~$10) is all you needed to change.

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It is installed into the engine core drain plug.

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