: Heater Core Replace BRRR COLD!



nycnftm
12-06-10, 01:03 AM
Got my 1983 Eldorado 4 years ago. Had the leaky heater core bypassed in the first week of ownership. Tried replacing it myself, but realized it is a PIA and lived 3 winters cold. What would you guy estimate a decent shop would charge me to finally replace it. Also, does the blower need to be on for it to pass heat? Can it just be warm with intake air?
Thanks in advance
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Sevillian273
12-07-10, 06:38 AM
I have heard of heater core replacements going from 700 - 1200 bucks. Book time is high on a job like that for most cars. Not sure about your specific model though.

nycnftm
12-07-10, 07:04 AM
Now I remember why I'm cold in the winter. LOL

MrDobin
12-08-10, 01:26 AM
This reminds me of the joyful winter I had while surviving in Minnesota on ONLY the induction current to defrost hahaha.

daniel58
12-09-10, 01:53 AM
You could try one of those small 12vt heaters, its not much but may help to clear the windshield.

skipcarver42
12-13-10, 04:28 PM
I just had my cooling system flushed, a new thermostat and heater core on my 95 Deville for $258. Heat is a good thing to have in Indiana winters.

drewsdeville
12-13-10, 04:42 PM
Yeah, let us know what happens with this one. I know most of the post-'85 FWD Cadillacs have heater cores that are relatively accessible compared to most others. Usually can be done by removing the glove box and kickpanel.

Same can't be said for most Ford vehicles. Most need the entire dashboard removed to get at them. Crown Vic's and Taurus's are notorious for high cost heater core replacement.

Sevillian273
12-13-10, 07:02 PM
^ I second that. I just took my grand marquis apart in preparation for scrapping it and the ENTIRE dash was disassembled before I even saw where the core was. What a nightmare it would have been if I had to put it all back together!

still_walkin
12-20-10, 06:52 PM
I have heard of heater core replacements going from 700 - 1200 bucks. Book time is high on a job like that for most cars. Not sure about your specific model though.

mine ran mine 780 93 sdv

quins90lac
12-22-10, 04:25 AM
my 90 took me about 4-5 hours to do. hardest part was getting the hoses off and back on.

donwon
12-24-10, 05:26 PM
The hose clamps on my 92 Deville were a PITA so bought a special tool to compress the hose clamps and have had to use it on a few other vehicles also.
It made things much eaiser.

nycnftm
02-18-11, 05:23 PM
Sorry I didn't update sooner. I went to an a/c shop that had nothing to do in the cold. I brought the core that I got at Autozone, new anti-freeze and a bottle of Bars Leak pellets and they did it for $300 cash.