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Unread 01-08-2012, 07:25 AM
 
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Default how much should it cost to repair the heater core in my vehicle

My heater in my car is blowing not so hot air. I believe that I need to replace the heater core. Does anyone know how much it should really cost to have this replaced. I know that it is not an easy job. You have to pull the entire dash out before getting to the heater core.
My vehicle is a 2000 Jeep Cherokee. Thank you.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Central, CT
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Try looking at www.jeepforum.com

It's going to depend largely on where you take the jeep and how it has been maintained and driven (if it's all rusty you're paying more in labor).

There is a resistor issue with 97-2006 wranglers...not sure if it's on cherokee too, since they share so many parts. Is the fan working? Working on all speeds? When it's the resistor sometimes it still works on speed 3 or 4 just not the first 2 speeds.

How about coolant? is the reservoir full? Have you had any leaks or overheating? If the thermostat isn't functioning properly you may not get much heat inside. Have you had any other servicing done recently? New battery, anything in the glovebox area? New stereo? Any crimped vacuum lines can effect the hvac system too.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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My f150 is doing the same thing, only works on high...mechanic says it's gist thecresistor, maybe a $100 fix
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Unread 01-08-2012, 02:09 PM
 
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Try looking at www.jeepforum.com

It's going to depend largely on where you take the jeep and how it has been maintained and driven (if it's all rusty you're paying more in labor).
Most places have a standard book rate for each job so it doesn't really matter if it's rusty. I'd personally recommend going to a dealership unless you know a local shop where the mechanic is your brother or father. The majority of these shops will rape even if you think you know a lot about cars. They also completely lie about the price of parts. Go and price the part at a parts store and then see what your garage is charging you and they have a commercial account to boot so they get it even cheaper. It's all a scam. At least the dealership has a vested interest in keeping you around to buy a new car. While their labor rates might be a little higher, they won't con you as bad as these local shops. They generally won't lie and say you need repairs when you don't. I'm not saying that never happens at any dealership, but it's much less likely.

Check out repairpal.com for common prices for repairs.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/my-actual-evaporator-heater-core-removal-installation-thread-592844/
Labor cost is the killer
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Unread 01-08-2012, 07:42 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Make really sure it is the heater core as opposed to a diverter valve, resistor or some other part. Do you smell coolant when the temp control is on hot? Heater core is expensive because the dash usually pretty much has to be removed.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 08:29 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle, originally from SF Bay Area
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Failure of the heater core is usually leakage, resulting in the inside of the windshield being steamed up, and a wet carpet. Lack of heat while the fan works is most often a thermostat sticking open, or a control valve stuck, much less expensive repairs. The cores have been known to clog up but that's pretty rare.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Eastern Iowa
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Could just be the thermostat is stuck open, relatively inexpensive fix compared to a heater core replacement. Ever had the cooling system flushed?, if not it's liable to be pretty clogged, may need a system flush, still cheaper than a heater core.
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Unread 01-09-2012, 12:34 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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My estimate for a similar application was $800 ($700 labor)

IF IT IS NOT LEAKING, yet... (steam on windows / antifreeze smell in cabin)
I disconnected and ran some cleaner through the heater (both directions) via a cheap pump ($12 @ Harbor Freight). THEN flush real well before re-hooking to cooling system. This worked pretty well, tho not like a new core. WARNING, cleaning Heater core can also cause system to start leaking, then you will HAVE to replace core.

Do read specific instructions on Jeep Forums. many folks have figured out shortcuts. BE CAREFUL with airbags... disable if necessary.
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Unread 01-09-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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If you are not getting heat from the heater, replacing the heater core is about the last thing I would look at, first I would check that the engine is warming up normally, make sure there is good flow on both the coolant and air sides of the heater, maybe clean it as Stealth suggests - but R&R of the heater core is not easy, go after the low-hanging fruit first IMHO.
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