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Old 04-08-2012, 08:36 AM
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Anyone see any problems with these pictures?! I pulled the a/c evaporator core and heater core yesterday and this is what I found. I am completely amazed at how much crap had made it's way to the evaporator. And I am almost equally amazed at how nasty the heater core is. I replaced them both with new cores and will be putting the dash back together today.
Not a particularly fun project, but it is always interesting to take things apart and see how they work!
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what a mess....how long did it take you to remove the a/c evap and heater core?
I have to do the same to my '96. Doesn't look like any fun at all.
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Looey, I had the luxury of having my dash already in pieces from cracking, so I didn't need to spend much time being careful while I removed the dash plastic (I ended up replacing it). In all, it took me about 13 and a half hours. That included two trips to Napa, messing around for about an hour trying to drain the coolant from the engine (which I ended up not doing). My Haynes book said th drain the coolant, but it was not necessary - just have some rags available when you pull the radiator hoses and pull the housing from the interior. Also, I would plan on simply replacing the radiator hoses that connect to the heater core. I tried to pull them off, but ended up cutting them off. The cost to replace them is minimal and it saves time!

I HIGHLY recommend taking pictures along the way. I referred to them MANY times when I was putting things back together.

The other thing is that I had the a/c discharged ($85) prior to working on anything and then recharged ($175) once everything was back together. I hadn't quite expected that much of a cost, but it's something to think about.

Overall, it was a fun project since I have never done anything this involved in a vehicle before and it was interesting to see all of the parts and figure out what they do.

Good luck with yours and if you have any other questions about my experience just let me know!
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