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Old 01-07-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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#^@*%! heater core going out...01 chev, 1/2 ton

Any recommendations on who to take it too?? I know I don't want to tackle this one myself but I don't want 50 new rattles and squeaks when it's done either...East side Houston would be nice but not mandatory. Thanks!
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:44 PM   #2
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Try some radiator stop leak first. Put it in and get the truck up to temp, then put the heater temp control on full hot and go drive it around for 30-40 minutes to circulate it through the core. I like Barr's Leak, it's worked on an 87 GMC with 150K on it for another 50K miles until I sold it, and in my wifes 05 Liberty with 110K on it for 30K so far. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bar-s-Leak...00000003260430
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:06 PM   #3
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It's very easy to do on the Chevys. I did it on my 97 and 98. It can't be too hard. The first one I just bypassed it and went through a cold winter because I though its be hard. But after I decided to tackle it, it's super easy. Basic hand tools and a little common sense go a long way.

I have a hard time paying ridiculous labor bills for things though. I'll try fixing anything myself first.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:59 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies guys. After checking a couple of how-to videos on youtube, this is something I'm not going to attempt. (no time, and need truck very soon for a long trip) I was referred to a local general automotive and I visited him yesterday. He came across as a pretty sharp guy with an immaculate shop and quoted me a price that I can live with. He said the job is not easy but it isn't as bad as you might think. Since it will be disassembled and the A/C system evacuated, I think I'll have him do the A/C core at the same time. (My idea, not his) He said extra cost would be the new core and minimal extra labor. I'll nail him down on just how much.....Thanks again and I'll report back when complete....ughh.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:07 PM   #5
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I don't think you have to do anything with the ac. At least you didn't on the older ones. Guess the 99+ ones Re different?
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