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Heater cores can be very challenging and time consuming to access. I suggest you don't even start until you have a good shop manual for that model, a 1/4 inch drive ratchet with short and long extensions and 1 or 2 u joints and lots of patience working in tight areas

Posted on Dec 04, 2014

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SOURCE: 2000 dodge grand caravan rear heater core tubes need replacing

a lot of pain and heart ache. even on a rack they are a pain . check with your dealer there wae a recall on them for failing its worth the phone call to see kdc744

Posted on Feb 08, 2009

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SOURCE: 2002 DODGE 2WD HEATER CORE REPLACEMENT

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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SOURCE: Need to replace the heater core in a 1995 Dodge Grand Caravan SE

1991-95 Models

  1. Disable the air bag system by disconnecting the negative battery cable.
  2. Have the system discharged by a qualified professional mechanic using an approved recovery/recycling machine.
  3. Drain the cooling system.
  4. Remove the steering column cover and left and right side under panel silencers.
  5. Remove the center bezel by unclipping it from the instrument panel.
  6. Remove the accessory switch carrier and the heater/air conditioning control head.
  7. Remove storage bin and lower right instrument panel.
  8. Disconnect the blower motor lead under the right side of the instrument panel.
  9. Remove the right side 40-way connector wiring bracket.
  10. Remove the lower right reinforcement, body computer bracket and mid-to-lower reinforcement as an assembly.
  11. Disconnect the vacuum lines at the brake booster and water valve.
  12. Clamp off the heater hoses near the heater core and remove the hoses from the core tubes. Plug the hose ends and the core tubes to prevent spillage of coolant.
  13. If equipped with air conditioning, remove the H-valve and condensation tube.
  14. Disconnect the temperature control cable and vacuum harness at the connection at the top of the unit.
  15. Remove the retaining nuts from the package mounting studs at the firewall. Disconnect the hanger strap from the package and rotate it aside.

To install:
  1. Remove the temperature control door from the unit and clean the unit out with solvent. Lubricate the lower pivot rod and its well and install. Wrap the heater core and/or evaporator with foam tape and place in position. Secure with the screws.
  2. Assemble the unit, making sure all vacuum tubes are properly routed.
  3. Install the assembly to the vehicle and connect the vacuum harness. Install the nuts to the firewall and install the condensation tube. Fold the carpeting back into position.
  4. Connect the hanger strap from the package and rotate it aside. Install the 2 brackets supporting the lower edge of the heater housing. Connect the blower motor wiring, resistor wiring and the temperature control cable.
  5. Install the retaining screws from the right side to the steering column. Install the instrument panel trim covering and reinforcement.
  6. Assemble the unit, making sure all vacuum tubes are properly routed.
  7. Install the assembly to the vehicle and connect the vacuum harness. Install the nuts to the firewall and install the condensation tube. Fold the carpeting back into position.
  8. Connect the hanger strap from the package and rotate it aside. Connect the blower motor wiring and temperature control cable.
  9. Install the lower right reinforcement, body computer bracket and mid-to-lower reinforcement as an assembly.
  10. Install the right side 40-way connector wiring bracket.
  11. Install the lower right instrument panel and storage bin.
  12. Install the heater/air conditioning control head and accessory switch carrier.
  13. Install the center bezel to the instrument panel.
  14. Install the under panel silencers and steering column cover.
  15. Install the vacuum lines at the brake booster and water valve.
  16. Connect the heater hoses to the core tubes.
  17. Using new gaskets, install the H-valve and connect the refrigerant lines. Install the condensation tube.
  18. Have the system evacuated and recharged by a qualified professional mechanic, utilizing the proper equipment. Add 2 fl. oz. (59 ml) of refrigerant oil during the recharge. Fill the cooling system.
  19. Perform the Air Bag System Check procedures outlined in this section before connecting the negative battery cable.
  20. Connect the negative battery cable and check the entire climate control system for proper operation and leaks.

Posted on Apr 08, 2009

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SOURCE: 1999 dodge durango heater core

It's a big job. Drain the coolant down, recover the freon in the ac system and disconnect the lines and heater hoses. Lower the steering column, remove the instrument panel assembly, remove the heater housing. Split the case halves on the housing and there you are. Usually around 500 to 700 dollars at a dealership.

Posted on May 29, 2009

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SOURCE: 2009 dodge journey...rear brake

If the e-brake cable is attached to caliper the piston is threaded. I use a very inexpensive tool i bought at the parts store . you will need to turn and press the piston at the same time. be aware that the two different sides are threaded oposite of each other.If the e-brake cable is not attached to caliperr the a c clamp should do the job.

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