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post #1 of 17 Old 09-01-2011, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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How much is it to get a heater core replaced? Any ideas?

Please help!!! I just had to drop my 2005 WK off at the dealership today. What's the typical cost since I've heard it's labor-intensive. Thanks!

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post #2 of 17 Old 09-01-2011, 08:14 PM
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For a WK it looks like about $600-$1000 for labor depending on your area's labor rate,that's not including parts.

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For a WK it looks like about $600-$1000 for labor depending on your area's labor rate,that's not including parts.
Damn just to replace an $80 part? Freaking stealership. It shouldn't take more than 3 hrs from what they told me or lied to me about. Have you had a WK heater core replaced or know someone who has?
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Damn just to replace an $80 part? Freaking stealership. It shouldn't take more than 3 hrs from what they told me or lied to me about. Have you had a WK heater core replaced or know someone who has?
I did one a few months ago and the book time was like 5.5 hours of labor so the actual price will depend on your local labor rates which can vary some from shop to shop even in your area.Either way you will still be billed for the same number of hours just at that shops labor rate per hour times how many hours the job calls for(not how long it actually takes).

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post #5 of 17 Old 09-02-2011, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I got an estimate from a local Jeep dealer and they initially said around $1450 with 10.5 hrs labor! They said it was it was heater core leaking, NO ****!!! I told them that before they even diagnosed it. They then tried to get me to replace the AC Evaporator ($359) which they told me was absolutely fine. I know this job is a lot of labor time thus they tried to convince me while they were in there to just replace the evaporator avoiding future labor costs, which is logical but I don't currently even have the money to replace the heater core let alone a $359 part I don't need right now. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. So as I'm a full-time student and only working part-time I got them to do just the heater core for now for $800. I still feel like I'm getting f'n robbed.
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post #6 of 17 Old 09-02-2011, 01:26 PM
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Thats crazy!!! I got qouted for 300 for the heater core.
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Just curious...but why do you need it replaced now. Its summer time and shouldnt need the heater. You could always recirc the lines in your engine bay and wait til winter to do this.
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Thats crazy!!! I got qouted for 300 for the heater core.
I wouldn't know one shop that would touch that job for $300 as the whole dash has to be removed.It's very labor intensive.

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Wow you got quoted $300 for parts and labor even though they have to take the entire dash off just to remove it? Wish I lived in Alabama!!! I need it replaced now because I just got it in March of this year and have been doing maintenance on it myself so I did a coolant flush. I ran the heater a couple of times to get any residual air out of the cooling system and it just leaked all over my passenger side floorboard and there was a small puddle of coolant so I figured I'd get it fixed before the winter. Besides how do you bypass the heater core? I thought in the WK it flows through the heater core at all times according to the 7200 page WK service manual I got off Ebay.
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To bypass the heater core, locate the two coolant hoses going through the firewall on the passenger's side. Get a piece of copper pipe the same outer diameter as the hoses' inner diameter and connect the two hoses together.

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post #11 of 17 Old 09-03-2011, 09:02 PM
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When my heater core went out on my 05 5.7, I called Chrysler and talked to customer service. They said it was very rare for a core to go out, and they covered 75% of the dealer repair cost. I was blown away, and the dealer was pretty surprised too.
Worth a call for sure!
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post #12 of 17 Old 09-04-2011, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Dude seriously?! I REALLY don"t have the $850 they are now quoting me, I'm a full-time college student and my mother just got rushed into the hospital last night for the 3rd time in 2 months for stroke related issues and I am so stretched thin on anything to do with money right now. If this is for real, this would help me so freaking much I would be eternally grateful. What number do I call and who do I have to contact?
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just replied to your PM. Still looking for the receipt from the dealership, will post or send soon as I find that dern folder!
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Can I mix the Zerex G-05 HOAT coolant with the Mopar HOAT coolant?
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Can I mix Zerex G-05 HOAT coolant with Mopar HOAT coolant?
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