Mechanics

HEATER CORE REPLACEMENT

2003 Pontiac Montana • 6 cylinder FWD Automatic • 197,045 miles

How do you replace the heater core in a 2003 Pontiac Montana 3.4. Where is it and how long does it take to change.
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Dcole4
December 9, 2010.



Heater Core Cover Replacement
Removal Procedure
Remove the floor air outlet duct.
If equipped, disconnect the DVD wiring harness from the I/P support bracket.
Remove the screws retaining the heater core cover.
Remove the heater core cover.

Heater Core Replacement
Tools Required
J 38185 Hose Clamp Pliers.
Removal Procedure
Drain the cooling system.
Remove the left wiper arm linkage nuts.
Reposition the left wiper arm linkage for access.
Disconnect the vacuum hose from the brake booster and reposition.
Remove the air cleaner cover and intake tube.
Important: Disconnect the throttle and cruise control cables to prevent bending the cable housings.
Disconnect the throttle and cruise control cables from the TBI mounting bracket.
Remove the transmission fluid filler tube.
Disconnect both of the heater hose clamps at the heater core using the J 38185.
Remove the heater hoses from the heater core.
Important: Cap off the heater core inlet and outlet pipes to prevent coolant spilling inside of the vehicle.
Cap off the heater core pipes.
Remove the heater core cover.
Remove the heater core pipe retaining clamp screw.
Remove the heater core from the HVAC module.

Installation Procedure
Install the heater core to the HVAC module.
NOTE: Refer to FASTENER NOTICE in Cautions and Notices.

Install the heater core pipe retaining clamp screw.
Tighten
Tighten the screw to 1.6 N.M (14 lb in).
Fig. 341: Installing Heater Core Pipe Retaining Clamp Screw
Courtesy of GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Install the heater core cover.
Install the heater hoses to the heater core.
Reposition the heater hose clamps to secure the hoses using the J 38185.
Install the transmission fluid filler tube.
Install the air cleaner cover and intake hose.
Connect the throttle and cruise control cables to the TBI mounting bracket.
Connect the vacuum hose to the brake booster.
Install the left wiper arm linkage.
Install the left wiper arm linkage nuts.
Tighten
Tighten the nuts to 5 N.M (44 lb in).
Fill the coolant

Installation Procedure
Install the heater core cover.
NOTE: Refer to FASTENER NOTICE in Cautions and Notices.

Install the heater core cover retaining screws.
Tighten
Tighten the screws to 1.6 N.M (14 lb in).
If equipped, connect the DVD wiring harness to the I/P support bracket.
Install the floor air outlet duct


BMRFIXIT
Dec 9, 2010.


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