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post #1 of 12 Old 01-28-2011, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Need to replace heater core

I just took my truck (2005 F-350 6.0) into the dealership and stated my heater core was bad. They want $709. That way too much for my blood. Does anyone have a write up and a parts list I would need to do this?
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Not a very common problem, why do you think its the heater core?

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There is antifreeze leaking around the heater core and the windshield fogs up all kinds of crazy. This is what the dealership determined it to be. Or is there a way I can bypass the heater core until I have the funds to have someone else do it? I live in San Antonio so I'm not too worried about it getting cold out here.
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I am sure there is a way to bypass it, hopefully someone will chime in with how to do it.

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Did a quick search and found this. Check out post #5. Doesn't sound like a terrible job.
Smell of antifreeze? - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums

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Yeah I just saw this heater core location

I'm just trying to mentally picture how hard it will be lol
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Well I think I have a good understanding of how to change it. For the parts list do I only need to get a heater core of my choice and some antifreeze or am I going to need anything else?
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Well I think I have a good understanding of how to change it. For the parts list do I only need to get a heater core of my choice and some antifreeze or am I going to need anything else?
Personally, I would flush the whole cooling system and get a good ELC coolant with an EC-1 rating. The factory Ford Gold coolant is junk and leads to problems with restricted oil coolers, blown EGR coolers and possible head gasket issues.

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Personally, I would flush the whole cooling system and get a good ELC coolant with an EC-1 rating. The factory Ford Gold coolant is junk and leads to problems with restricted oil coolers, blown EGR coolers and possible head gasket issues.
I've never personally worked on a cooling system so I'm not too sure what would need to be done to flush it. Is it something I can do or better off taking it somewhere to get flushed?
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I've never personally worked on a cooling system so I'm not too sure what would need to be done to flush it. Is it something I can do or better off taking it somewhere to get flushed?
There are some write ups on here about flushing. I'll see if I can find one. It's pretty easy to do, just time consuming.

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