Why does Chrysler insist on burying parts designed to wear out behind so
much other stuff. Parts with a 3-5 year life expectancy should not require
8-12 hours labor to replace.
My 2000 dakota has a heater core leak. The Entire Dash has to be removed,
then the heater /Evap box has to be removed and that means the A/C must be
emptied flushed and refilled with r134. 8-12 hours shop time for a 100.00
part. Plus who knows what else will need replacing along the way!
Dodge has done crap like this for years and I hoped it had wised up. And
this is just WRONG on SOO MANY LEVELS!
Anyone got any tricks to help a poor $ap save about a grand a do it himself.
It is unfortunate that your heater core has failed however be assured that
Chryco is not the only manufacturer that "buries" the heater core in the
I/P. Virtually all manufacturers that I am aware of do the very same thing.
A fender removal is tough but beats the he<< out of a complete dash removal
and dropping the steering wheel, and evac + recharge of the A/C system.
I had several vehicles that were easy to moderate in difficulty for the same
job. My 02 exploder took 20 minutes and the old mustang took an hour or so.
Dodge van in the late 80s took 12 hours. Had a gm that took a couple hours
Any mfr that buries the heater core should guarantee it for the life of the
They CAN make them easier, they just want to stick it to you for repairs.
Not in this case. But you could look at a service manual and see what
it says. Or talk to a tech and he may have another idea. There often
easy ways around things, other than going by the book. But often it
means cutting or grinding you way in there and that is often not nice.
The problem is just not with Dodge, but a lot of newer vehicles. Try a
Ford Aerostar, with all the options, and you'll be loving you Dodge
To pull the motor on an Aerostar, you have to undo all the front
suspension components and remove the engine and tranny by lifting the
vehicle overhead. Fun!
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