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any advice for changing a heater core?

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Chiputz, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Chiputz

    Chiputz Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    I need to change the heater core in my 2000 Dodge Ram, any advice or words of wisdom?
  2. GSS LLC

    GSS LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    ouch. use a cutoff wheel and hack a hole in the heater box, remove and reinstall core, epoxy box back together.

    well, if you dont mind that kind of thing. id research it on the net before cutting. sometimes its doable and sometimes its not. when it is, it saves an assload of time over taking out the dash.
  3. Plow More

    Plow More Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    First and foremost, make sure the engine is off and the key is in the OFF position then proceed to remove the core
  4. oldbluehairhemi

    oldbluehairhemi Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    On the body style truck its not that bad. Yes the dash has to come out but it is a lot easier than you would think. I will say have an extra set of hands to lift to off the perch would be nice.
  5. swiftwater

    swiftwater Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    If you pull your dash and your truck has A/C, make sure you replace the evaporator core while you're there. They're notorious for going bad and it's located right beside the heater core.
  6. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Remind me to not have you work on any of my vehicles LOL :mechanic:
  7. GSS LLC

    GSS LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    haha. yup. its hillbilly, but its an option. i wouldnt do it to anything nice, but different strokes ya know. for a pos plow only truck, in a heartbeat. my dodge, no way.
  8. Chiputz

    Chiputz Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    Got it changed today, 4.5 hrs start to finish. It was actually pretty easy. On to the limited slip carrier, plow harnesses and wiper motor...lol
  9. bleachcola

    bleachcola Junior Member
    from se mi
    Messages: 13

    pretty good, i hate changing heater cores

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    The hardest thing I can remeber was the two hidden 8mm bolts on the underside of the dash. One near the vin plate and the other near the same loaction on the opposite side. Take your time and never force the dash out.....

    Glad everything went smooth. Enjoy the warmth !!!