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post #1 of 56 Old 02-03-2013, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Just found out our heater core is going out FML! The coolant is on floor boards!
What would this Cost to repair it myself?
Can we still drive it in this current condition safely? Not running the Heater ect?
I know the job is a nightmare with dash removal ect. Thanks now any input would be awesome don't have the $right now to have a mechanic do it would probably cost over $1000 am I wrong? Thanks guys


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post #2 of 56 Old 02-03-2013, 11:29 PM
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If you do it yourself the price of the heater core, lol
You may as well do the blend door while your at it. There are videos on youtube on removing the dash in a WJ. Think the dealer charges $2000.00 Not sure how much it would cost at other shops but I'd think most places would charge $800 or more to do it.

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For a shop it's about 500 to do but that's just at the shop I work out of, doing it yourself is the best way to go and it's not very difficult it's just annoying and time consuming but you can do it . But you can for the moment just by pass the heater core itself and still be able to drive it with no harm done what so ever
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If you do it yourself the price of the heater core, lol
You may as well do the blend door while your at it. There are videos on youtube on removing the dash in a WJ. Think the dealer charges $2000.00 Not sure how much it would cost at other shops but I'd think most places would charge $800 or more to do it.
Yeah I just ran through dozens of threads and the dealer cost is re donkulous and most experienced guys who have replaced it recommend the blend door also, which I still fully don't understand how it works something with the dual climate correct? Thanks man looks like I have my first spring project in order

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For a shop it's about 500 . But you can for the moment just by pass the heater core itself and still be able to drive it with no harm done what so ever
Awesome key info here its my fiancÚs wj and we're still getting snow here so she will have to dress warm to keep driving it ;P till I fix it next month hopefully. Thanks!

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It's still going to leak with it on or off if it's barely leaking I'd try it on slow and hopefully your windows don't steam up.

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It's still going to leak with it on or off if it's barely leaking I'd try it on slow and hopefully your windows don't steam up.
Ok, try what now on slow? Lol or do you mean low, damn. & I think the leak is heavy, or my fiancÚ has just been basting the heat On High like I know she does haha damn WJs!

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Slow, I'd think it would be dangerous driving without defrost in the winter...

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post #9 of 56 Old 02-04-2013, 04:22 AM
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Did this job a few weeks ago. Was not that hard. I put it off for a year because I thought it would be horrible job to do. That was stupid of me, really was not that bad just follow the step by step instructions from wjjeeps and watch the u-tube video. I spread the job over two days but if I had to do it again. I think I could do it in 4-6 hrs.
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post #10 of 56 Old 02-04-2013, 05:12 AM
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I've got the same thing. My passenger carpet gets damp and I have to add coolant every month or so. I'm going to do the heater core when I have the time but my heat still works it just isn't too hot. And my windows tend to fog real easy. Just keep and eye on temperature and coolant level and fix when you can.

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If you let it go to long it will start to vaporize at operating temp. The antifreeze vapor will fill the cab unless you crack a window, it can't be healthy to breath that in. I waited way to long to fix mine. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, especially with the YouTube videos to help. Heater core cost me $60.00, a shop wanted $950.00.



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Thanks for all the input guys I will definitely be doing this myself, I really want to keep this jeep and just need to fix some of these things to keep it safe & reliable for the girl thanks

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If you let it go to long it will start to vaporize at operating temp. The antifreeze vapor will fill the cab unless you crack a window, it can't be healthy to breath that in. I waited way to long to fix mine. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, especially with the YouTube videos to help. Heater core cost me $60.00, a shop wanted $950.00.

If you are passing through Grand Junction anytime soon I'll give you a hand. I have a nice warm shop and all the tools.
I might have to take you up on the offer in grand junction it's possible we could be out there next month well see. I briefly went through the YouTube vids definitely will help me from not destroying all the plastic lol. A warm shop and tools would be amazing, it's bad enough I put the IRO kit and all new steering on in freezing weather. Thanks again

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PM me if your serious man. Always glad to help a fellow keeper

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post #15 of 56 Old 02-04-2013, 03:16 PM
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It ran me about $700 at Firestone, dealer wanted over a grand to do it.
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