Heater Core

Schaible, David David.Schaible at jrspharma.com
Wed Sep 20 11:02:29 EDT 2006

Good advice......the core usually starts leaking b4 it fails in a
catastrophic manner and anyone w/ antifreeze smell in interior or on
windshield should be on it pronto

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave C [mailto:dconner at gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 3:33 PM
To: mikemilr at blackfoot.net; 200q20v at audifans.com
Subject: Heater Core

Hi Mike,
I would definitely replace it unless there is evidence that is

If it is original and 15 years old then it's on borrowed time along with
other plastic in the cooling system ... radiator, heater valve and/or
overflow tank.  Heater core failure is one of the most unpleasant things
your car can experience.  It can include a flooded interior and a blown
gasket or warped head.   A coolant flooded interior requires pulling all
seats and carpet at a minimum to wash and dry the carpet and
underlayment.  $60 and an hour of your time now to r&r the heater core
be a good investment.
Dave C.

*Mike Miller* WROTE ...

I'm replacing the flaps motor and the blower motor. I am swapping it out
a parts car where the parts were brand new. As I was not going to
anything in the parts car, I used George Sidmans method of just prying
whole unit out - took less than 30 mintues. So, the question is, should
change out the heater core while I have the whole assy out or just pop
whole unit into the other car. How often does the heater core go out?
is my 3rd 200 in the 200k mile range and I have yet to lose a heater
Any idea as to cost of heater core? I would think if it is under $100
under an hour extra labor, it might be worth it.
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