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Hey im replacing the heating core in my '96 grand am. first time ive ever replaced it and would be alot cheaper if i put it in myself. can anyone tell me where it is on my car and how i replace it?

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Need to take it to a shop because you will need to remove some of the dash

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Removed the center console to get to the panel that holds the heater core. the heater core is in the center of the car under the radio. There are 7 screws holding the cover on. Once you remove the 7 screws, there are two straps that hold the core in the heater box (2 screws per strap. Some cars are easier to get the heater hoses from underneath after jacking up the car, some you can get to from up top under the hood behind the engine. It's not a 15 minute job, but not difficult at all. I usually suggest pulling out the passenger side seat to give a comfy place to lay while doing it. the seat comes out with only four bolts, and you won't have to contort your self to get the heater core out. Your low coolant light is due to air trapped in the system. Anytime you open the cooling system on a 3.1, you have to bleed the air out using the bleed valves on the t-stat housing and transfer tube (some only have one on the t-stat housing. If you have a 5 speed, your going to remove the shifter knob and just yank on the plastic that had the boot. (it only has snaps that hold it on) Then there are 2 bolt holes in the armrest compartment. and 4 more which are under the boot and plastic. Very easy to take off and put on.

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