2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Q&A
2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Question: PT CRUISER HEATER CORE
Sorry, no short cuts, Here is the summary to replace the Heater Core. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Drain the cooling system, Evacuate the refrigerant system, Remove the instrument panel, Remove the refrigerant line retaining bolt from the expansion valve, Remove the refrigerant lines from the expansion valve. Disconnect the electrical connector from the bottom of the expansion valve. Remove the expansion valve retaining bolts and remove the valve from the vehicle. Remove the heater core coolant supply hoses from the heater core. Working from inside the engine compartment, remove the A/C-Heater housing retaining fasteners from the bulkhead. Remove the A/C-Heater housing drain tube. Remove the spring clip and pull the hose from the housing nipple. Working from inside the vehicle, remove the defroster duct from the A/C-Heater housing and body attachment point. Remove the A/C-Heater housing retaining bolts. Disconnect the electrical connectors from the A/C-Heater housing. Remove the A/C-Heater housing from the vehicle and place the assembly on a bench. Remove the heater core cover from the housing assembly. Remove the heater core coolant lines from the heater core. Remove the screws necessary to disassemble the A/C-Heater housing assembly. Remove the heater core from the A/C-Heater housing. - Johnny Mopar
what are the odds that flushing the heater core will eliminate me having to buy a new heater core? and when a heater core goes doesn't it usually leak or just break in the fins or welds?
how difficult and time consuming is it to replace the heater core on this car? is there a home kit to discharge the AC or does this have to be done in a shop?
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