1997 Dodge Caravan problems in my heater core

Tiny
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  • 1997 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
How can I take off the old heater core from my van do I nead to remove the hole dash bore or can I take it off from one side?
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Friday, January 2nd, 2009 AT 3:06 PM

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Tiny
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Hello -

I have attached the removal and installation for your review. I hope this helps.

If you do need to get back with me please let me know if this is just a Caravan, or a ES, LE, or SE or if it is a Grand Caravan ES, LE, or SE. Also the engine size in liter and the 8th digit of the VIN.

Front Heater Core
Notes

REMOVAL

Drain coolant system.
Remove left side lower column cover.
Remove steering column assembly.


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Remove ABS module, bracket and wiring.


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Remove I/P to body harness interconnect and bracket


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Remove lower silencer boot at base of steering shaft. Pinch off heater lines under the hood.


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Remove heater core cover. Insert a small amount of towels under the heater core tubes. Remove heater core plate and tubes.


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Depress heater core retaining clips.


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Pull up on accelerator pedal and slide heater core past.
Depress brake pedal and remove heater core from HVAC housing.
INSTALLATION
For installation, reverse the above procedures. Install screws to retain heater core in housing. Replace heater core tube inlet 0-rings. Tighten heater core tube retaining plate to 2 to 4 NM (18 to 36 in. lbs.) torque .
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Friday, January 2nd, 2009 AT 5:16 PM
Tiny
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Hello -

Oh, I wanted to let you know one more thing. Looks like you may have some recalls on your vehicle. The dealer may fix these for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on these to see if they apply to you.

721
07/01/1997
Recall - Child Safety Seat

NHTSA02V293000
11/01/2002
Recall 02V293000: Clockspring Assembly Replacement

B24
11/01/2002
Recall - Clockspring Inspection/Replacement

NHTSA02V076000
03/01/2002
Recall 02V076000: Seat Belt May Become Inoperative

791
11/01/1998
Recall - Child Seat Belt Extension

NHTSA98V185000
08/06/1998
Recall 98V185000: Difficulty Unlatching Child Restraint

779
08/01/1998
Recall - Running Board Tire Jack Extension

749
12/01/1997
Recall - 15 inch Tires on Steel Wheels

NHTSA97V200000
11/06/1997
Recall 97V200000: Goodyear Conquest'' Tire Defect

724
05/01/1997
Recall - Stamped Steel Road Wheels

NHTSA97V070000
04/12/1997
Recall 97V070000: Wheel Defect

714
04/01/1997
Recall - Master Cylinder Leak

712
04/01/1997
Recall - Passenger Air Bag Safety

NHTSA96V215000
10/23/1996
Recall 96V215000: M/Cylinder Leak Into Power Booster

NHTSA97I001000
10/23/1996
Recall 97I001000: Proper Operation of Child Safety Seats
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Friday, January 2nd, 2009 AT 5:18 PM

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