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1995 Chevrolet G Series Van (G30) Question: How hard is it to fix/replace the heater core.

 

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rich4donaldson, 5.7L V8, Seattle, WA, March 05, 2010, 20:10
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This vans heater core is fairly visible and I am willing to cut the dash with fine saw if necc(work van/no money)...how hard is it to remove/install for this make/model...Are the control cables and such hard to move around. will I need new hardware to instll the cables(control levers)??? Thanks,Rich

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    Visitor, May 05, 2010, 13:48

    This is a big job. Takes about 5 hours for a professional. The dash does need to be removed or at the very least pulled back and supported out of the way. I wouldn't cut anything ...you'll wind up with more headaches than you can imagine.
    Even taking your time may not prevent breaking some of the hardware, so be prepared to run to your local auto parts store or your local dealer.

    Here's the procedure:

    Disconnect the battery ground cable.

    Remove the engine cover.

    Remove the steering column-to-instrument panel bolts. Lower the column carefully.

    Remove the upper and lower instrument panel attaching screws. Remove the radio support bracket screw.

    Raise and support the right side of the instrument panel.

    Remove the lower right instrument panel bracket.

    Remove dash

    Remove the vacuum actuator from the kick panel.

    Disconnect the temperature cable and vacuum hoses at the case. Remove the heater distributor duct from over the engine hump.

    Remove the two defroster duct-to-firewall attaching screws below the windshield.

    Under the hood, disconnect and plug the heater hoses at the firewall.

    Remove the three nuts and one screw (inside) holding the heater case to the firewall.

    Remove the case from the van.
    Remove the gasket for access to the screws holding the case together.
    Remove the temperature cable support bracket.
    Remove the screws and separate the case. Remove the heater core.

    Install the heater core.

    Assemble the case and fasten the screws.

    Install the temperature cable support bracket.

    Position the gasket, then install the case in the van.

    Fasten the three nuts and one screw (inside) holding the heater case to the firewall.

    Connect and plug the heater hoses at the firewall.

    Fasten the two defroster duct-to-firewall attaching screws below the windshield.

    Install the heater distributor duct.

    Connect the temperature cable and vacuum hoses at the case.

    Install the vacuum actuator at the kick panel.

    Install the lower right instrument panel bracket.

    Fasten the radio support bracket screw.

    Fasten the upper and lower instrument panel attaching screws.

    Fasten the steering column-to-instrument panel bolts.

    Install the engine cover.

    Connect the battery ground cable.

    Refill the cooling system as necessary.

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    Visitor, July 19, 2010, 10:29

    yes to big a job for me.

    thanks

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