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 Posted: 11-05-2011 04:03 pm
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Joined: 10-21-2005
Location: Eastanollee, Georgia USA
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Driving home from work the other morning, after working a night shift, it was a little chilly so I had the roof up and the heater on (which is some thing I hadn't done in a while).  After a few miles, when the engine warmed up, I noticed that I seemed to have created my own personal sub-tropical biosphere inside in the car.

A peek up under the dashboard with a flashlight after I got home, and the simultaneous discovery that the carpet was soaked with coolant, led me to the inevitable conclusion that my heater core was leaking.  I had been wondering where that cooling had been going!  At least it wasn't a head gasket as I had previously suspected.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jody for his excellent video on heater repair.  It helped a whole bunch to see how the unit is installed before attempting removal with the dash in place (yes it is possible).

I do currently have the whole unit in pieces on the bench so if anyone has any questions that Jody didn't cover, now's the time to ask.  I have already had the heater core repaired by a local radiator shop (the same guy recored my radiator for me a couple of years ago with a three row) so will hopefully be going back together with it in the next few days.



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 Posted: 11-07-2011 02:05 am
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Joined: 05-15-2006
Location: Tempe, Arizona USA
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Thanks for the kind words. I know that others would likely appreciate a quick description on how to get the heater out of the car with the dash in place. When I worked on mine it had come out of a box of spare bits.


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