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Old 01-01-2008, 05:08 PM   #1
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hi

i was wondering if anyones know some direction to remove the heater core without wrecking the AC

i have the dash out and i have to change a flap on the heating unit so i want to change the heater core while im down there but not wanting to wreck the ac

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sorry its the old style dash.... 1989
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Old 01-01-2008, 06:22 PM   #3
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the heater core and evaporator are both in the heater box and the A/C needs discharged to remove the box. Sorry. You might want to check the service manuals because the dash doesn't need to be removed on newer lebarons and daytonas. Just the passenger seat so it might not be a big job later.
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Old 01-01-2008, 10:32 PM   #4
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yeah i had to take the dash out earlier so i figure i might as well.

well i almost have the box open so im wondering if its possible to open it from where it sits ... its a pain but seems to be going good

just wonderring if anyone has done this before
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I had mine apart last winter and forget if all the screws are on top or how the heater core tubes are angled. I was changing the evaporator on my car. So discharge was easy let the evaporator leak it out. I have had some newer vans apart and it is impossible to open the box inside the car. Good luck with it.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:25 AM   #6
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I replaced my '89 LeBaron core just a couple weeks ago. There are about 5 screws that go from the bottom up and about 10 screws from the top down. Don't think it's possible to open the box while it's in the car, the top has to come off straight up to clear some actuating rods, and I don't think you can get to all the screws. Luckily, I retrofitted the AC a few years ago, so the recharge will be less than $20. Not even going to bother with it until spring.

Took 4 hours to do the job from start to finish!! The cheapest shop quote I got was about $500 for labor, I think their quote was for 5.5 hours of labor. I was able to whip it out that quickly because I replaced the core about 5 years ago and remembered most of the procedure.

The first time I took it out was to replace the directional flap, only getting flow from the defrost. Took about 8 hours. Three days later, the heater core started leaking, turns out that I had tweaked the brazed fitting on it when I removed the hoses from under the hood. Pulled it all apart again to install the new core, took about 5-6 hours. So after having done the job three times now, I'm getting pretty quick at it

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Old 01-02-2008, 11:29 PM   #7
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hey

just finished changing the heater core and flap
i was able to do it without wrecking the AC

just took the bolts out from the engine compartment and pushed it as far as it would go without breaking the ac

the dash was out so i was able to get the bolt from the top and was pretty easy... 5 bolts to take off for the steering column... then let it sit on the seat and 6 for the dash and i just let that sit on the seats also

heat and AC work great now
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you are the man. So you just pulled the A/C lines inside the car as far as they would go? How far did the H block make it through the firewall?
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not very far(just to the sensor)but with the other side made it pretty far so i was able to get all the screws and take the top off... car is back together
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now you can write the how to you were asking for. I guess if the dash has to come out to do something else it might be worth it. But I doubt I would pull the dash to do it on a car that doesn't need the dash pulled out to do the job if the A/C just needs opened. But good for you. Like I said before you the man!
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heat and AC work great now[/QUOTE]

Awesome ! you are the shit ! i knew you could do it- but most ppl are lazy and can only think they can only do what the book says, i am doing the same! dash off , compete restoration. also sson to be AWD, Engine out, front end replacement and a/c still attached!!! i' ll be damed if i remove the ac now!




if you are too lazy to take the dash off than you should buy a new car :(.....

feel free to chk out the pics here at my website
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