how long does it take to install a heater core in a 2000 Dodge neon
To change a heater core on a 2006 Forenza takes less than 30 mins. the cost should be 80 bucks total at any mechanic , . . its not difficult to get to , and if i have time i will repost how to install word for word later
Yes, as long as you connect the incoming and outgoing heater hoses that were connected to the heater core together. You will not have a functioning heater or defroster but otherwise it will be fine to drive.
A very basic answer is: The hot water the engine produces is circulated thru the heater core. The heater core looks like the autos radiator only smaller. The heater core is located inside the heater box. So as the engines hot water circulates thru the heater core the heat will transfer into the heater box. As long as the engine is running and everything is working properly the heater core will stay hot inside the heater box.
This is quoted from an article in Motor Service, Feb, 2001 by Demian Hurst, ASE Certified Triple Master Technician, Master Chevrolet Technician. "Make sure the engine is NOT at operating temperature (in other words, thoroughly cool) ... The heater case cover screw nearest the firewall will be difficult to see, but is the secret to removing the heater core without lengthy and complex disassembly procedures ... Use a long? in.-drive extension to access and remove this screw. Carefully remove the heater case cover from the vehicle. ... Pinch off the heater hoses using the proper smooth-jawed clamps. Disconnect the heater hoses from the heater core tubes at the firewall. Be prepared to catch the coolant for proper disposal. ... Remove the screws attaching the heater core to the heater case and remove the heater core."
It IS a bit of a pain in the $#&(... You have to pull the plastic shroud that is around the heater box under the dash so that you can expose the heater core. ONLY THEN, after the heater core is exposed do you go under the hood and pull the heater hoses and the three or 4 nuts that hold the heater core in place. But the plastic shroud is the difficult part. You might want to see if you can locate a set of dagrams.
A temporary fix would be to pull both heater hoses and connect them to each other, then don't worry about the heater core leaking. It's summer in the northern hemisphere, and you don't NEED a heater.
Labor time is about 5 hours.
The heater core and AC system aren't connected.. the only component of the AC system located near the heater core is the evaporator.. so long as you don't try, say, prying out the heater core carelessly, there's nothing it should do to the AC system.
I have a 1987 ford bronco and I changed the heater core in about 15 minutes. All you have to do is remove glove box and there is a panel with a few screws around it. and there you go.
Well, i have a 1998 Gmc Sonoma. My heater core just went out and i took it to all the mechanics in my town. they all sayed it would take at LEAST 5-9 hours of labor. plus the price of the core
The heater core is on the back side of the firewall. It has 2 hoses of 1/2 inch diameter running into it. It is about in the center of the firewall. Take the 2 hoses off the firewall. Get a hose with good pressure and back flush the heater core by running the hose into the side with the long hose on it. If you are not sure which side to do then do it both ways.
Really long bolts go through the heater core/blower motor housing into the cab. You have to go through the dash and undo the nuts and the housing will come off the front of the firewall in the engine bay. Once the housing's removed, it has a cover/bracket that has to be unscrewed around the perimeter of the housing to release the heater core.