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Old 12-20-2011, 03:06 PM   #1
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'98 Wrangler TJ(?) With Heater Core Leak

I own a '98 4 cyl Wrangler (I think it's a TJ?) - I love the jeep big time, very reliable, runs like a top, great in the snow. A stereo installer poked a hole in my heater core when installing a fuse mount to the firewall. Didn't leak for a few months, but now I have it bypassed at the firewall under the hood AND I AM COLD AS HELL!

My jeep doesn't have AC... Question(s):

Is it a nightmare to remove/replace the heater core in my jeep model?

Do I need to remove the dash?

Should I find a mechanic? (I'm very good with tools, but there's no way I want to pull my dash off!).

Can anyone send me a good how to link, or a good you tube, or shed some light on this endeavor before I freeze my fingers off?

Thanks Group!

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Well seems your radio installer Owes you a heater core and install really.

But anyhoo... not a bad job. YES you have to pull the dash. Only down side.

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Oh yeah,,, here is a good step by step write up it you tackle it yourself...

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Pulling the dash isn't near as bad as it seems it would be. Just keep track of the order that things come apart and the screws. A service manual is also real handy, Best $$ spent for the jeep so far. Paid for itself many times over, plus I don't have internet in the garage. I wish I did sometimes.
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:30 AM   #5
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'98 Wrangler TJ(?) With Heater Core Leak

Thanks so much for the feedback and help guys! Great forum! It didn't seem like a big job at all - I just don't want to end up having to tow my jeep into a dealer to have the dash put back in cause I screwed something up - YA KNOW!?

My time is an issue too. If this is going to become a weekend project, I wonder if I am not better off finding a skilled mechanic who is willing to bust it out for me in his garage?

Oh... did I mention? I'm recently divorced. No good place to work on the car and no tools.

Thanks again guys!
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:44 AM   #6
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Well seems your radio installer Owes you a heater core and install really.

But anyhoo... not a bad job. YES you have to pull the dash. Only down side.
Wish I could hit him up for the repair costs, but it was a friend of a friend and I did the install last summer. No idea where the guy went, and hard to go back 5 months later - even though I clearly have a screw through my dang firewall right into my heater core! - Arrrrrggggghhh!
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Oh yeah,,, here is a good step by step write up it you tackle it yourself...

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Thanks so much! Checking it out right now!

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