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How to change a heater core on a 2005 dakota

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The dash does need to come out. It is very time consuming! Beware. Also, make sure that you disconnect the battery prior, to avoid any possible airbag issues.

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Before resorting to replacing the heater core, first verify that the thermostat in the engine is operating properly. Sometimes the thermostat will stick in the open position. When this happens, the coolant does not get hot enough to provide sufficient heat. Also check to make sure that the heater core is not clogged up with rust or other debris. You can do this by disconnecting the heater hoses from the heater core [done from under the hood]. Place a garden hose against the upper metal tube and turn on the hose. Water should come out the lower hose without a lot of restriction. If debris or rust comes out with the water, flush the heater core out, using the hose, until there is no debris and no restriction in the heater core.
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How to replace heate core 99 dakota


Grab a Chilton's or Haynes repair manual for your truck... it's cheap, and your truck is at the ripe age where more projects may be close enough that it will pay for itself quickly enough. Your store may even let you open up the manual (usually shrinkwrapped at my store) and thumb through to see if the project is something you feel you can handle easily enough. From a quick google search, your heater core looks to be behind the dashboard on the passenger side. It doesn't look like you should have to pull the dashboard off, but rather just dig in a bit from underneath. You should be able to get an idea exactly where by following to water hoses (about an inch and a half or so thick) that come from the engine and head directly into the cab on the passenger side of the engine compartment. Anyway, grab the manual and a new core and have the job done in an afternoon. As a side note, check the inside of a couple water hoses on the engine (you'll get a good look at the two heater hoses when you change the core, but also check at least one of the major water hoses that plug into the radiator). If they look rotten or aged too much (you be the judge) then consider changing all of these as well. If you do change the hoses and the heater core, it's a good idea to suspect the radiator... a radiator shop will be able to look at it and give you a prognosis, maybe even for free. Good luck!

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the heater core is simaliar your radiator It tipacly is located at the firewall passengers side 1 hose in 1 hose out not very large in demension.

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How do you remove heater coil unit ?


This will be a big job. The heater core is tucked up under the dashboard. In some cases you can get the heater core out without removing the dashboard, in other cases some or most of the dashboard will need to come out.

If you are entertaining tackling this job yourself, you will definitely need a service manual. The ones from automotive stores, Haynes, Chilton, etc, will provide generic instructions. For specific detailed instructions, order a Workshop manual for your vehicle. It will provide detailed instructions on how to remove, test, repair, replace the heater core.

In general, the Haynes and similar manuals provide basic information for those who have skill in repairing vehicles with little assistance. The Workshop manuals also require skill but are dedicated to just one model and year and provide much more detailed instructions.

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I think for every automobile you have to do this. You can always get a Haynes Repair Manual it should tell you how to do it step by step. If you are a do it yourselfer this investment will pay for itself many times over with the job your trying to do. By the way, what makes you think you have to remove it? The only reason that I can think of is because its leaking. If it is the case you need to check where is it leaking from, it could be fixed by tightning or replacing a hose you never know. But to answer you question, yes you have to dismantle every thing. I haven't heard of any automobile having the heater core outside the firewall where the engine is located. They're always well hidden not visible nor reachable inside the dash. I'll say it again get a Haynes Repair Manual for your 01 Dakota. You'll find a lot of answers there.

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