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Re: cleaning the core of silencer
You can use a propane torch and heat it up until it glows red hot. It only takes a few minutes to do the whole tube. Let it cool and then scrub over it with a wire brush. When you're done it'll look brand new
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Local supermarket should have a suitable solution to pour in to deodorise and clean it. Alternatively check google for an home made solution from stuff like White vinegar and Caustic Soda which may clean it .
There is no way that a blocked radiator can be cleaned out . Flushing only cleans out the already open cores. Best and quickest way is to have a radiator shop replace it with a new radiator core . They will fill with the correct anti-freeze and ensure that there are no air locks in the system. Radiator guaranteed and so is the workmanship. Probably 2 hours time and you are on your way.
Remove the silencer and clean up the down pipe and silencer ends.
Use a liberal amount of exhaust repair paste and push the silencer back on.
Refit the clamp that holds the pipes together and replace any perished rubberised band that may be used.
Run the motor on idle for about 10 mins to harden the paste and the leave overnight.
Recheck the clamp for tightness and hopefully all should be well with the world, the sun will be shining and you can go for a ride.
Remove the silencer panel above the passenger's foot well and remove the glove box, that will give you access to the heater core from the inside. Remove the access cover and hoses from the engine compartment (easier to access from under the vehicle) and carefully remove the caulking / sealant. Make sure those surfaces are clean so you can apply the new sealant when you re-install the access cover. Clean out the air box as best you can before re-installation or you will never get rid of the coolant smell.
Installation is the reverse of removal.
The sound deadener under the carpet is probably trashed. Use a wet-vac to remove most of the fluid from the material and foot well, but you are better off replacing it as soon as possible before it rots and causes health problems.
the best way to clean out a heater core of gunk on a dodge neon is unhook the heater core lines from the fire wall after draining all the old coolant and then run a water hose to the heater core, do the top line first and then do the botom one after about a min. while the coolant is out replace the thermoustat.