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post #1 of 16 Old 07-17-2016, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Weird condensation issue on windshield

I can't seem to get this one spot of condensation off my windshield. Of course kicking on the defroster removes it, but as soon as I turn it off it comes right back about a minute later. Windows down, top off, top on doesn't make a difference.

I pulled as much apart as I can trying to find warm spots with no luck, cant find anything that would be causing it. It's only in that one spot it keeps coming back.

I'm out of ideas......

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post #2 of 16 Old 07-17-2016, 06:41 PM
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Leaking heater core?

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Leaking heater core?
Great.....
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Leaking heater core?
Would be my first belief also.

Bypass heater core by connecting two heater hose together under the hood.

This will also give you some time to repair.

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Would be my first belief also.

Bypass heater core by connecting two heater hose together under the hood.

This will also give you some time to repair.
Going to install the bypass in the morning. Just tonight it wen't from that one spot to practically the entire windshield. Defogger is barley helping now, plus I found a small spot of coolant on the passenger floor.

Dumb question #1: Will I still be able to use A\C with the bypass on?

Dumb question #2: I assume I will have no heat until the core is swapped, which means I have to get this done before winter?

Normal Question #3: How much (average) does it cost to have one replaced professionally? Assuming I simply can't find the time to do it since I have one full time job plus two side jobs and rarely get days off......
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I was going to say, "Guarantee its the heater core" but it looks like everyone beat me to it. My heater core went out last weekend and I saw that the day before I had it dripping on my feet.

Now to answer your "dumb questions"
Dumb question #1: Will I still be able to use A\C with the bypass on?
-Yes

Dumb question #2: I assume I will have no heat until the core is swapped, which means I have to get this done before winter?
-Yes

Normal Question #3: How much (average) does it cost to have one replaced professionally? Assuming I simply can't find the time to do it since I have one full time job plus two side jobs and rarely get days off......
-hahahahaha sorry. Its officially a 6.8 hour job for a labor time guide, so if your shop is about $110 an hour, your looking at about $748 in labor plus about $100 in parts (could be as high as 300 depending on where you go). So your in the ballpark of a grand. Repair pal says about 550-800, but I think its a hair higher at most places, and closer to 900. A dealership will be around 1100. I really thought about it... and thought about it... and thought about it... but decided I couldn't pay it and scheduled a weekend to do it with a friend. (I also work 2 fill time jobs and own a company as well, so I know what you mean about time... I probably should have just ponied up, but I just couldn't stomach the price.

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I was going to say, "Guarantee its the heater core" but it looks like everyone beat me to it. My heater core went out last weekend and I saw that the day before I had it dripping on my feet.

Now to answer your "dumb questions"
Dumb question #1: Will I still be able to use A\C with the bypass on?
-Yes

Dumb question #2: I assume I will have no heat until the core is swapped, which means I have to get this done before winter?
-Yes

Normal Question #3: How much (average) does it cost to have one replaced professionally? Assuming I simply can't find the time to do it since I have one full time job plus two side jobs and rarely get days off......
-hahahahaha sorry. Its officially a 6.8 hour job for a labor time guide, so if your shop is about $110 an hour, your looking at about $748 in labor plus about $100 in parts (could be as high as 300 depending on where you go). So your in the ballpark of a grand. Repair pal says about 550-800, but I think its a hair higher at most places, and closer to 900. A dealership will be around 1100. I really thought about it... and thought about it... and thought about it... but decided I couldn't pay it and scheduled a weekend to do it with a friend. (I also work 2 fill time jobs and own a company as well, so I know what you mean about time... I probably should have just ponied up, but I just couldn't stomach the price.
Alright thanks, that helps a lot.

As for the core itself, would you recommend a OEM replacement or go aftermarket? This is the cheapest one I found on XT for $70

https://goo.gl/photos/dx9m2SGLWtZDoSKC8

MOPAR ones are $319

Crown makes one for $105
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Bump for that question regarding factory vs aftermarket.


Another nice development today, my radiator decided to blow. Going to have to replace that as well.

So far this week: Blown radiator, blown heater core, gas tank skid has to be replaced.

And it's only Monday
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Bump for that question regarding factory vs aftermarket.


Another nice development today, my radiator decided to blow. Going to have to replace that as well.

So far this week: Blown radiator, blown heater core, gas tank skid has to be replaced.

And it's only Monday
Don't buy your radiator from autopartsmopar on amazon. I ordered one from them last week with 2 day shipping (paid extra) still isn't here and had to buy a murray from oreilly's. Do try and get an OEM radiator.
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Is your radiator cap working. If it's stuck closed would the added pressure cause things to blow?

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I got a new radiator through NAPA. Next day shipping plus warranty.

The radiator cap is brand new. My old looked like it was as old as the Jeep, and I kept having issues with it. Finally replaced it, and I guess now that the system is operating at its normal pressure it, it was enough to blow the 16 year old heater core and radiator.

The new radiator coat $130
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Pretty sure that is what happened to my radiator. Replaced the cap and it couldn't hang with the new found pressure.
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I'm curious if now with the new pressure in the system, I should worry about the hoses bursting since they are probably as old as the rest of the components. I have a road trip coming up right after I get my new radiator installed and I don't want to end up with a busted radiator hose out in the middle of the mountains 50 miles from civilization.
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New radiator, new heater core (soon), I'd go ahead with new hoses and be done and enjoy the trip.

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