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Keith84 12-26-2012 08:32 PM

2001 Ram Heater core
I have a 2001 Ram 1500 (5.2L) and it appears my heater core is out. I've got no issue doin maintenance and easy fixes on my truck but this appears to be a pretty big task. I haven't checked on the cost to have it done, but I'm assuming it's probably going to be a lot. Any ideas?

TimW 12-26-2012 08:39 PM

Looks like about a 3.5 hour job not sure if this helps but, have a look here

Keith84 12-26-2012 09:21 PM

I watched the video. Looks like something I would like to take a shot, unfortunately I depend on this truck daily. Not really doable during the work week, you think it's ok to drive til the weekend?

TimW 12-26-2012 09:27 PM

Is it leaking? If not you should be fine. How did you determine the is a problem, what exactly is it doing??

Keith84 12-26-2012 09:35 PM

Windows fog up, can't get it to clear up. White smoke comes out of the vents, smells like antifreeze. Driver side window was kinda wet, tried to wipe it off but it just kinda smudged like it was covered in glycol. And the floor mat on the passenger side is a little wet, wiped under the glove box and it was moist.

Goatboy 12-28-2012 02:26 PM

Yep, that would be your core alright. Realistically you should change it as soon as possible as its only to keep getting worse and leaking more and more. There is a quick fix that you can do if you find that your repair is taking to long. The heater core has coolant going and going out, you can simply by pass the heater core and connect the two hoses together at any time and you will be ready to travel. Granted, you will not have any heat. But if say in the middle of the fix you find you need to run to the parts store, this comes in handy. Now, I havent looked to see how difficult it would be to do the splice. Most cars have both the hoses right next to each other and easy to access from the engine bay and the splice can be done with an L shaped slip fit piece of pvc or metal. Good luck

Culrich 12-28-2012 03:14 PM

Just had mine done at a local cummins dealer. It was $850 all together with parts and labor. Im a poor college kid so im kind of wishing i had done it on my own because i know how and may have saved some money. but If your not sure how then id definately say leave it to the professionals, It can be a pretty tough task if you're not sure what you are doing. If you wanna attempt it yourself i found this video to be helpfull. Goodluck!

Goatboy 12-28-2012 10:12 PM

... much more labor intensive then it should be thats for sure... Will just cross my fingers and say a little prayer....... done, and hope I never have to deal with this :) Good luck

Screamintrashcan 12-28-2012 11:07 PM

Amen to that, there, Goatboy!!!

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