Heater core replacement?

Tiny
RILMAN
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  • 2004 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 1.8L
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 180,000 MILES
The air condition is working perfectly well but the heater is not working. What can be the cause the heater core is plugged, I do see a leak as well?
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Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 AT 9:21 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi and thanks for using 2CarPros.

There are a few things which can cause no heat. For example, a plugged heater core, bad heater control valve, or (and most often) a blend air door actuator. Take a look at this link:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-heater-not-working

The actuator determines if you get heat or AC into the vehicle. Now, what I suggest is this. Start the engine and turn the heater on high. Allow the engine to warm up to operating temperature and turn it off. Next, locate the two heater core hose which will run from the engine to the firewall under the hood. Feel both. They should both be hot. If one is hot and the other cold, the heater core may be plugged. Take a look at picture 1. It shows the heater core return line at the firewall. There will be another hose that looks just like it which will be the supply. Do what I said. If one is hot and the other cold, you can try to flush the core. Basically, you remove both the supply and return heater core hoses and see if you can get water from a garden hose to run through it. If you can't here are the directions for replacing the heater core. Note: After these directions, I will provide directions for checking the blend air door as well as replacement if you find it bad. These are very extensive. However, they also indicate how to remove and replace the air mix actuator (blend air door actuator).

The directions include work to the AC unit because they work from the same location and one needs removed to access the other.

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PROCEDURES
Air Conditioning Radiator Assy
Air Conditioning Radiator Assy

AIR CONDITIONING RADIATOR ASSEMBLY

OVERHAUL

1. DISCHARGE REFRIGERANT FROM REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

SST 07110-58060 (07117-58080, 07117-58090, 07117-78050, 07117-88060,07117-88070, 07117-88080)

2. DISCONNECT COOLER REFRIGERANT SUCTION HOSE NO.1
a. Install SST to piping clamp.

SST 09870-00015

HINT: Confirm the direction of the piping clamp claw and SST using the illustration showing on the caution label.

b. Push down SST and release the clamp lock.

NOTE: Be careful not to deform the tube, when pushing SST.

c. Pull SST slightly and push the release lever, then remove the piping clamp with SST.

d. Disconnect the cooler refrigerant suction hose No.1.

NOTE:
- Do not use tools like screwdriver to remove the tube.
- Cap the open fittings immediately to keep moisture or dirt out of the system.

3. DISCONNECT COOLER REFRIGERANT LIQUID PIPE A

SST 09870-00025

HINT: Disconnect cooler refrigerant liquid pipe A in the same way as the cooler refrigerant suction hose No.1.

4. DISCONNECT HEATER OUTLET WATER HOSE
a. Using pliers, grip the claws of clip and slide the clip and disconnect the heater outlet water hose.

5. DISCONNECT HEATER INLET WATER HOSE

HINT: Disconnect in the same way as the heater outlet water hose.

6. REMOVE INSTRUMENT PANEL SAFETY PAD SUB-ASSEMBLY

HINT: Refer to the instructions for removal of the instrument panel safety pad sub-assembly.

7. REMOVE AIR DUCT REAR NO.1
a. Remove the 2 screws, bolt and nut.
b. Remove the air duct rear No.1.

8. REMOVE AIR DUCT REAR NO.2
a. Remove the bolt and nut.
b. A/X models:
Remove the 2 screws, air duct rear No.2 and console box mounting bracket No.1.
c. M/X models:
Remove the screw, air duct rear No.2 and console box mounting bracket No.1.

9. REMOVE CONSOLE BOX DUCT NO.1 (AUTO AIR CONDITIONING)
a. Remove the clip and console box duct No.1.

10. DISCONNECT FLOOR SHIFT PARKING LOCK CABLE ASSEMBLY
11. REMOVE WINDSHIELD WIPER RELAY ASSEMBLY
12. REMOVE INSTRUMENT PANEL BRACE SUB-ASSEMBLY NO.1

a. Remove the 2 bolts and 2 earth wires.

b. Release the 2 clamps.

c. Remove the bolt and screw.
d. Remove the nut and instrument panel brace sub-assembly No.1.

13. REMOVE INSTRUMENT FINISH PANEL RETAINER LOWER
a. Remove the 2 bolts and instrument finish retainer lower.

14. REMOVE INSTRUMENT PANEL BRACE SUB-ASSEMBLY NO.2

a. Remove the clamp, nut and passenger side junction block.

b. Remove the bolt and earth wire.

c. Remove the nut and clamp.

d. Remove the 2 nuts, bolt and instrument panel brace sub-assembly No.2.

15. REMOVE HEATER TO FOOT DUCT NO.3
a. Remove the clip and heater to foot duct No.3.

16. REMOVE HEATER TO FOOT DUCT NO.1
a. Remove the clip and heater to foot duct No.1.

17. DISCONNECT STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY

a. Remove the 3 nuts and driver side junction block.

b. Remove the 2 nuts and steering side connector block.

c. Release the 2 clamps.
d. Remove the 3 bolts, disconnect the steering column assembly.

18. REMOVE INSTRUMENT PANEL REINFORCEMENT

a. Disconnect the 7 clamps and the wire harness.

b. Remove the 3 nuts, disconnect the 3 earth wires

c. Remove the 3 caps, 7 bolts and instrument panel reinforcement.

19. REMOVE BLOWER ASSEMBLY

a. Disconnect the connectors.
b. Remove the screw, clamp and blower connector holder.

c. Disconnect the 6 clamps and the wire harness.

d. Remove the 2 screws, 2 nuts and blower assembly.

20. REMOVE DEFROSTER NOZZLE ASSEMBLY LOWER
a. Release the 4 fitting claws, remove the defroster nozzle assembly lower.

21. REMOVE AIR CONDITIONING RADIATOR ASSEMBLY
a. Disconnect the connectors.
b. Remove the 2 nuts and air conditioning radiator assembly.

22. REMOVE MODE DAMPER SERVO SUB-ASSEMBLY
a. Remove the 3 screws and mode damper servo sub-assembly.

23. REMOVE HEATER RADIATOR UNIT SUB-ASSEMBLY
a. Release the 2 fitting claws, remove the piping clamp.
b. Remove the heater radiator unit sub-assembly.

NOTE: Prepare a support plate and waste to catch the leaked coolant.

24. REMOVE AIRMIX DAMPER SERVO SUB-ASSEMBLY
a. Remove the 3 screws and air mix damper servo sub-assembly.

25. REMOVE AIR CONDITIONING TUBE ASSEMBLY

a. Remove the packing.

b. Using a hexagon wrench 4 mm (0.16 in.), remove the 2 hexagon bolts and air conditioning tube assembly.
c. Remove the 2 O-rings from the air conditioning tube assembly.

26. REMOVE COOLER EXPANSION VALVE
a. Remove the cooler expansion valve from the cooler evaporator sub-assembly No.1.

27. REMOVE COOLER THERMISTOR NO.1

28. REMOVE COOLER EVAPORATOR SUB-ASSEMBLY NO.1

a. Auto A/C model:
Release the fitting claw, remove the 3 screws and air duct sub-assembly.

b. Remove the 12 screws and heater case LH.
c. Remove the cooler evaporator sub-assembly No.1 from the heater case RH.

d. Remove the 2 O-rings from the cooler evaporator sub-assembly No.1.

29. INSTALL COOLER EVAPORATOR SUB-ASSEMBLY NO.1

a. Apply compressor oil to the contact surfaces of 2 new O-rings and the cooler expansion valve and install them.

Compressor oil: ND-OIL 8 or equivalent

b. Install the cooler evaporator sub-assembly No.1 to the heater case RH
c. Install the heater case LH with the 12 screws.

d. Auto A/C model:
Install the air duct sub-assembly with the 3 screws.

30. INSTALL COOLER EXPANSION VALVE
a. Install the cooler expansion valve to the cooler evaporator No.1.

31. INSTALL AIR CONDITIONING TUBE ASSEMBLY

a. Apply compressor oil to the contact surfaces of 2 new O-rings and the air conditioning tube assembly and install them.

Compressor oil: ND-OIL 8 or equivalent

b. Using a hexagon wrench 4 mm (0.16 in.), install the air conditioner tube assembly and 2 hexagon bolts to the cooler evaporator sub-assembly No.1.

Torque: 3.5 N.m (35 kgf.cm, 30 in.lbf)

c. Install the packing.

HINT: Securely attach so that the gap in the packing will not be mode.

32. INSTALL AIR CONDITIONING RADIATOR ASSEMBLY
a. Install the air conditioning radiator assembly with the 2 nuts.

Torque: 1.5 N.m (15 kgf.cm, 12 in.lbf)

b. Connect the connector.

33. INSTALL DEFROSTER NOZZLE ASSEMBLY LOWER
a. Install the defroster nozzle assembly lower.

NOTE: After locating the pin (1) in the illustration, install (2), then (3).

34. INSTALL BLOWER ASSEMBLY

a. Install the blower assembly with the 2 screws and 2 nuts.

Torque: 1.5 N.m (15 kgf.cm, 12 in.lbf)

b. Install the 6 clamps, connect the wire harness.

c. Install the blower connector holder with the screw and clamp.
d. Connect the connectors.

35. INSTALL INSTRUMENT PANEL REINFORCEMENT

a. Install the instrument panel reinforcement with the 7 bolts and 3 caps.

b. Install the 3 earth wires with the 3 nuts.

c. Install the 7 clamps, connect the wire harness.

36. INSTALL STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY

a. Install the steering column assembly with the 3 bolts.
b. Install the 2 clamps.

c. Install the steering side connector block with the 2 nuts.

Torque: 8.4 N.m (85 kgf.cm, 73 in.lbf)

d. Install the driver side junction block with the 3 nuts.

Torque: 8.4 N.m (85 kgf.cm, 73 in.lbf)

37. INSTALL INSTRUMENT PANEL BRACE SUB-ASSEMBLY NO.2

a. Install the instrument panel brace sub-assembly No.2 with the 2 nuts and bolt.

b. Install the nut and clamp.

c. Install the earth wire with the bolt.

d. Install the passenger side junction block with the nut and clamp.

Torque: 8.4 N.m (85 kgf.cm, 73 in.lbf)

38. INSTALL INSTRUMENT FINISH PANEL RETAINER LOWER
a. Install the instrument finish panel retainer lower with the 2 bolts.

39. INSTALL INSTRUMENT PANEL BRACE SUB-ASSEMBLY NO.1

a. Install the instrument panel brace sub-assembly No.1 with the nut.
b. Install the bolt and screw.

Torque: 9.8 N.m (100 kgf.cm, 87 in.lbf) (Screw)

c. Install the 2 clamps.

d. Install the 2 earth wires with the 2 bolts.

40. INSTALL INSTRUMENT PANEL SAFETY PAD SUB-ASSEMBLY

41. INSTALL COOLER REFRIGERANT SUCTION HOSE NO.1
a. Lubricate new O-ring with compressor oil and install them to the hose.

Compressor oil: ND-OIL 8 or equivalent

b. Install the cooler refrigerant suction hose No.1 and piping clamp.

HINT: After connection, check the fitting for claw of the piping clamp.

42. INSTALL COOLER REFRIGERANT LIQUID PIPE A

HINT: Install in the same way as the cooler refrigerant suction hose No.1.

43. ADD COOLANT

44. CHARGE REFRIGERANT

SST 07110-58060 (07117-58060, 07117-58070, 07117-58080, 07117-58090, 07117-78050, 07117-88060, 07117-88070, 07117-88080)

Specified amount: 550 50 g (19.37 1.76 oz.)

45. WARM UP ENGINE
46. CHECK FOR ENGINE COOLANT LEAKS
47. INSPECT LEAKAGE OF REFRIGERANT

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The directions are for all aspects of the possible issues I mentioned. Feel free to let me know if you have questions.

Take care,
Joe
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Tiny
KEVNLKING
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  • 2000 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 170,000 MILES
Will it require removing the dash when removing and installing a heater core?
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STEVE W.
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No need to pull the dash. You remove the lower dash trim panel and its backing panel and can access the core from the foot-well. It slides out toward the drivers side.
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Tiny
B655005
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  • 2002 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
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How do you remove and replace a heater core? Thanks
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BLUELIGHTNIN6
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Hello and thanks for donating

Below are the proper replacement steps for your vehicle's heater core. Let me know if you need further assistance with this repair.

Disconnect the negative battery cable.

CAUTION
After disconnecting the negative battery cable, wait for at least 1 1 / 2 minutes for the SRS to deplete its energy.

Drain the cooling system into a clean container for reuse.
Remove the air bag module and the steering wheel by performing the following procedure:

Place the front wheels in the straight-ahead position.
At both sides of the steering wheel, remove the screw covers.
Using a Torx socket, loosen the 2 air bag module-to-steering wheel Torx screws until the circumference ring catches on the screw case.
Carefully, remove the air bag module and disconnect the electrical connector.
Remove the steering wheel nut.
Using a steering wheel puller, press the steering wheel from the steering column.

Remove the instrument panel by performing the following procedure:

Remove the front pillar garnishes and the door scuff plates.
Remove the hood lock release lever and the cowl side trims.
Remove the steering column covers and the combination switch.
Remove the lower finish panel assembly and the instrument panel finish lower left side panel.
Remove the fuse box bolt and the No. 2 heater-to-register duct.
Remove the parking brake release lever and the No. 2 undercover.
Remove the lower No. 2 finish panel.
If equipped with a column shifter, disconnect the shift control cable from the shift lever housing; then, disconnect the shift control cable from the steering column cable bracket.
Matchmark the steering column shaft and the control valve shaft.
Remove the steering column shaft-to-intermediate shaft bolt.
Remove the steering column-to-instrument panel nuts and remove the steering column assembly.
Inside the glove compartment, pry out the glove compartment door finish plate.
Pull out the air bag electrical connector and disconnect it.
Remove the 3 glove compartment door-to-instrument panel nuts and the door.
Remove the 4 glove compartment-to-instrument panel screws and the glove compartment; then, disconnect the glove box light connector.
Remove the passenger-s side air bag module-to-instrument panel 2 bolts and 4 nuts. Carefully, remove the air bag module from the instrument panel.
Remove the center cluster finish panel and the radio.
Remove the heater control assembly.
If equipped with a floor shifter, remove the upper console panel, the rear console box and the front console box.
If equipped with a column shifter, remove the finish panel.
Pry out the cluster finish panel.
Remove the 6 cluster finish panel screws, the cluster finish panel assembly.
Remove the 4 combination meter screws and the combination meter.
Disconnect instrument panel electrical connectors.
Remove the instrument panel-to-chassis nuts/bolts and the remove the instrument panel.

Remove the instrument panels No. 2 brace.
Disconnect the heater hoses from the heater core.
Remove the 2 heater pipes-to-heater core screws and clips; then, disconnect the heater pipes from the heater core.
Remove the heater core O-rings and discard them.
Remove the heater core from the heater housing.

To install:

Install the heater core to the heater housing.
Install new heater core O-rings.
Install the heater pipes to the heater core; then, the 2 heater pipes-to-heater core screws and clips.
Install the heater hoses to the heater core.
Install the instrument panels No. 2 brace.
Install the instrument panel by performing the following procedure:

Install the instrument panel and the instrument panel-to-chassis nuts/bolts.
Install instrument panel electrical connectors.
Install the combination meter and the 4 combination meter screws.
Install the cluster finish panel, the 6 cluster finish panel assembly screws.
Install the cluster finish panel.
If equipped with a column shifter, install the finish panel.
If equipped with a floor shifter, install the upper console panel, the rear console box and the front console box.
Install the heater control assembly.
Install the center cluster finish panel and the radio.
Carefully, install the air bag module to the instrument panel; then, install the passenger-s side air bag module-to-instrument panel 2 bolts and 4 nuts.
Install the glove compartment and the 4 glove compartment-to-instrument panel screws; then, install the glove box light connector.
Install the glove compartment door and the 3 door-to-instrument panel nuts.
Connect the air bag electrical connector.
Inside the glove compartment, install the glove compartment door finish plate.
Install the steering column assembly and the steering column-to-instrument panel nuts; then, torque the nuts to 19 ft. Lbs. (25 Nm).
Align the matchmarks and install the steering column shaft-to-intermediate shaft bolt.
If equipped with a column shifter, install the shift control cable to the shift lever housing; then, install the shift control cable to the steering column cable bracket.
Install the lower No. 2 finish panel.
Install the parking brake release lever and the No. 2 undercover.
Install the fuse box bolt and the No. 2 heater-to-register duct.
Install the lower finish panel assembly and the instrument panel finish lower left side panel.
Install the steering column covers and the combination switch.
Install the hood lock release lever and the cowl side trims.
Install the front pillar garnishes and the door scuff plates.

Install the air bag module and the steering wheel by performing the following procedure:

Align the matchmarks and install the steering wheel to the steering column.
Install the steering wheel nut and torque to 26 ft. Lbs. (35 Nm).
Carefully, connect the electrical connector and install the air bag module.
Using a Torx socket, tighten the 2 air bag module-to-steering wheel Torx screws to 78 inch lbs. (8.8 Nm).
At both sides of the steering wheel, install the screw covers.

Refill the cooling system.
Install the negative battery cable.
Operate the engine to normal operating temperatures; then, check the climate control operation and check for leaks.
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ELISHA YOUNG
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  • 1998 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
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Where is the heater core located?
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MHPAUTOS
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Hi there,
The heater core is located with in the heater ducting box under the middle of the dash, see pic

mark (mhpautos)


https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/61395_Graphic_82.jpg



https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/61395_Noname_44.jpg

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NOLA5178
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  • 1998 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 120,000 MILES
Is it necessary to remove the evaporator core when replacing the heater core?

What is labor time for heater core replacement?
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BLUELIGHTNIN6
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Approx. 1 1/2 labor hours, steps are below..


https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/261618_Noname_1989.jpg

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