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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-25-2001, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Heater & Heater core Interchangeability ??

My heater core developed a small leak in my 87 Sami. Will the heater and core from an 88 1/2 swap in? Has anyone ever used a heater core from Auto Zone? They want $52 for a new one which seems pretty cheap compared to the other prices I've found ($140-$199). Maybe I can get away with using the whole heater assembly from my 88 1/2....
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I can't help you there, but you might want to do a pressure test on the heater before, installing it. I put a new heater in a K5 that I had, and the new one leaked just as bad as the old one. $52 doesn't sound bad

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Crow, the heater cores are the same,and what a job too!!!!I took one out of a parts truck to put in mine.Make sure you have the right torques head for the steering column bolts.you have to remove the cross brace to get it in and out easy....Good luck.BTW 52 bucks and warranteed why not?I got a quote this spring from a local parts house for 84.99.

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Re: Heater & Heater core Interchangeability ??

ACK Crow, I'm sorry, I actually saw some green yesterday from it while talking to you and wanted to point it out but we went thru a lot of topics, I just forgot.
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I do have an 88.5 core and am driving back to the Island again next late sat night and will be around sunday for a few hours before I leave again if U want it.

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Re: Heater & Heater core Interchangeability ??

Thanks guys... In pulled one from my parts zook and while there I kept gutting it. Parts heaven....
I pulled the heater apart and I'm not too pleased with the core's condition. Being that it is so labor intensive., I really don't want to take a chance. I'll surf the web to see if they can beat $52. In the meantime, I'll try some of stop leak elixur to quell the leak. It's no small task to remove everything. I'm glad this happened now and not in the dead of winter.....so I guess I'm real lucky!

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Re: Heater & Heater core Interchangeability ??

Matt, I was able to remove and install the heater/core without removing the dash or dropping the steering column. It was a VERY tight squeeze, but doable. As luck would have it, one of the column bolts wouldn't budge so I opted to try without dropping it. The cross brace came out without to much effort. Man, it is some job. I feel like I've been worked over by a heavy weight. Glad it's done now.

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