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Old 04-25-2015, 01:12 PM   #1
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98 Allure Heater Core Removal

I have a '98 Allure and the dash heater core is leaking coolant. I clamped the hoses shut so I could drive it without losing coolant but now I need to pull it out and get the leak fixed. It appears to drop out from below the coach but there is significant shrouding in the dashboard. Has anyone removed the heater core that could give me a little direction before I jump into this project?
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Had to do the same thing. Bought my 98 Allure just before Thanksgiving, it had spent it's entire life in the desert and evidently the previous owner(s) didn't need OTR heat. When I investigated, I found the hoses tied together up front with a pipe nipple to prevent the compromised core from leaking. The core was toast and needed replacement, it didn't warrant repair. It was an all day (9 hour) job from start to finish for two of us with average DIY maintenance skills. The core was $250 from CC, local mechanics in my area are $100/hr (+-) and had quoted me $13-1500 plus parts. I learned a whole lot about what's under the dash and satisfied myself that nothing else was leaking or needed attention plus saved a bunch of cash. It's not difficult, just time consuming. Sorry, I didn't take any pictures. Good luck!!
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Old 05-01-2015, 08:19 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Since you learned a lot about what's under the dash, does that mean the core comes up out of the dash instead of dropping out below?
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gsanford,

Sorry for the tardy reply, was on a remote fishing trip with no net or phone service (pure bliss!!). The core comes out from the bottom. I'm sure you're aware, but PLEASE....use jackstands or blocks before getting under there!

I had other issues that I took care of that weekend too....indicator bulbs, a rattle or two, cleaning up/out the OTR HVAC delivery hoses and vent openings among others. That's why I mentioned I learned alot about what's behind there.....apologize for confusing you on that.
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