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How difficult is it to replace a heater core? my 96 grand Caravan blew the heater core. I have just put a couple of thousand into other repairs and I either have to do this job myself, or bypass the heater all together.

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It's a big job but nothing especially difficult (several hours at least). Recommend you buy or borrow (library?) a repair manual that has the procedure in it.

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f74-01.gif The heater housing is disassembled to get to the heater core. Heater Core
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