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Old 04-21-2011, 10:57 PM   #1
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I have a green puddle starting on my passenger floor board. It's obvious it coolant but where is it coming from? I believe it's the heater core but not sure. It seems to be dripping down just to the right of the shifter under the dash. So if you wouldn't mind helpin me out that would be awesome.

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Old 04-21-2011, 11:00 PM   #2
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Gotta be the heater core. Thats the only thing that could leak coolant on the inside of the cab.

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Old 04-21-2011, 11:06 PM   #3
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Ok thanks. Ohh boy that means tearing apart the dash haha would you happen to know the prices for a replacement?
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:14 PM   #4
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Oh boy, that's a days worth of work right there

TJ Heater Core Replacement - 2

There's the best guide to get you started. Prices should be around $60 - $150
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:54 AM   #5
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Ohhh boy this will be fun! Unfortunately I have to deal with it I guess since I am short on money and time until next week. I guess a towel will have to do the job for now.... I don't know if it can get worse or not? Hope not. It won't be driven much anyway. When I do it I'll try and keep you guys updated. That link you gave me will definately be my guide haha thanks all for the information and help.

The leak just started today. Could it be that the heater core was about to go out and thats why my heater was not strong and burning hot this winter. Haha hopefully I will be back to scorching the hair off my legs soon enough haha
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:02 AM   #6
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if your not going to fix it right now you should be able to bypass the heatercore, just take the line that goes to the inlet of the HC and put it on where the outlet goes too, ive got the climate control removed from my camaro (no heat or air) and just ran a short hose from the waterpump (inlet line) to where the outlet line went to on the block, OR you could just connect the 2 lines together lol
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:03 AM   #7
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Boy oh Boy, yes it could get worse, but you'll know it right away when the heater core completely fails.
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if your not going to fix it right now you should be able to bypass the heatercore, just take the line that goes to the inlet of the HC and put it on where the outlet goes too, ive got the climate control removed from my camaro (no heat or air) and just ran a short hose from the waterpump (inlet line) to where the outlet line went to on the block, OR you could just connect the 2 lines together lol
I will definately take that into consideration if I can't get it done soon!
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Boy oh Boy, yes it could get worse, but you'll know it right away when the heater core completely fails.
Oh gosh. How long do I have do you think until complete failure? Haha
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Old 04-22-2011, 04:04 AM   #10
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Oh another question. I've been researching this problem, and a few people said that they have bought heater cores from certain auto stores that don't fit because the tubes are bent differently, they don't generate the amount of heat that the stock one did and/or take longer to warm up. Got any info on this for me? Is there a certain brand of HC to look for? or auto parts store I should buy from? Closet ones near me are Napa Kragen, and Autozone. (Have not been a fan of Autozone). Thanks
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:49 AM   #11
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Not sure about which brand to replace it with; if you're short on cash just do what the previous poster said and bypass the heater core. Summer is coming and you won't need it anyways, which will give you some time to save up the cash (or wait until you have the time to fix it yourself, it is quite the process).
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until you fix it, keep an eye on your overspill for the radiator, check it when cold and fill it to the "cold full" line with anti-freeze/water 50/50 or whatever it is that you run in there.

DO NOT ever open anything in the cooling system when the engine is hot. You'll get a nasty face full of 210 degree spray.
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I think I'd rather beat my head with a BFH than have to replace my Jeep's heater core.
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Not sure about which brand to replace it with; if you're short on cash just do what the previous poster said and bypass the heater core. Summer is coming and you won't need it anyways, which will give you some time to save up the cash (or wait until you have the time to fix it yourself, it is quite the process).
I just really need to wait till next week till I get paid so I can pay for it. But yes very true summer is coming and I have lived fine through the cold winter so now I'm thinking about that.
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I think I'd rather beat my head with a BFH than have to replace my Jeep's heater core.
Oh great. Haha well at least I will learn from it haha
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until you fix it, keep an eye on your overspill for the radiator, check it when cold and fill it to the "cold full" line with anti-freeze/water 50/50 or whatever it is that you run in there.

DO NOT ever open anything in the cooling system when the engine is hot. You'll get a nasty face full of 210 degree spray.
Yeah definately not opening anything hot. I run 50/50. Ok thanks for the tip!
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This is the status got to take a look at it in the sun.
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Old 04-22-2011, 01:23 PM   #18
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The heater corre itself is relatively cheap. Under 60 bucks. But what a pain in the A&^% to change. Hope you have a manual. There a bunch of other stuff under there that has to be undone to do the job and not much room to work.
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The heater corre itself is relatively cheap. Under 60 bucks. But what a pain in the A&^% to change. Hope you have a manual. There a bunch of other stuff under there that has to be undone to do the job and not much room to work.
Not enough room to work the the dash out? Another WF member earlier in this thread gave me a pretty good guide.
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Old 04-22-2011, 01:41 PM   #20
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I have a tiny bit on driver side too. Just figures to notify you all.
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Ok I didnt see where he took the whole dash out. we did it with the dash in. Probably woulda been easier that way. Still a big job and pain in the ass.
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Ok I didnt see where he took the whole dash out. we did it with the dash in. Probably woulda been easier that way. Still a big job and pain in the ass.
Maybe I saw it when I was researching then and just got confused. Not sure. But anyway yes a very big job I hope I'll never have to do it again haha
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:17 PM   #23
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Ok so started deconstruction today.....Ohhh my haha. Here is a few pics. I took the steering wheel out then soon realized I could have left it in because the dash won't come off all the way due to the previous owner rewiring a lot of things. Anyways now I'm stuck on the replacement I got from kragen as you can see in the last picture the inlet and outlet are bent differently. I though maybe I can tweak it a half of an inch but nope i didnt want to force it because it seemed that I was putting stress cracks where the tubes connect to the actual core hopefully if I can make it work that wont be a problem:/ I may to bring it back to them tommarow or later today along with the old one and figure it out... What a project.
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lol looks like fun! not.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:49 PM   #25
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Oh at times I was thinking I should have just paid a shop to do it hahaha but it's nice learning more about the jeep how things are underneath.

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