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Old 10-07-2004, 15:09   #1 (permalink)
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Heater Core Replacement

Hey guys and Gals.

The heater core in the EA has decided to start leaking on me, leaving the passenger side carpet nice and wet

Has anyone changed the core without removing the dash (I don't wanna do this again!)? I had a quick look, and it may be possible to do it by removing the glove box surround. Any tips?

Also, are the heater core and fan units the same EA-EL?

Any info would be great!

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Old 10-07-2004, 16:57   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Heater Core Replacement

removing glove box surround?
its the dash that holds the glove box. so by glovebox surround arnt you reffering to the dash ne ways?

maybe you can get it by taking the glove box off. but be careful i snapped my glovebox last week tryin to take it off and now i got a nice hole =)
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Old 10-07-2004, 17:42   #3 (permalink)
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dash out job unfortunatly.
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Re: Heater Core Replacement

Only way to remove the heater core is full dash removal and heater box removal, means A/C degas as well.

Other choice however is remove glove box and CUT the back of the heater box and pull it out that way, looks possible, I have a spare heater box at home, I will try take some pics so you can see where things are located if you want to attempt this option.

I have pulled my dash at least 5 times, its not really all that hard :0)
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Old 10-08-2004, 00:22   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, dash out. Had to change mine two days after completing the el dash conversion (bloody heater fan didnt work). It is possible to do without pulling the dash right out, but all the bolts need to be undone, and the center console out. Also, the EL heater box is exactly the same. Im using one in my NA, bolts straight in.
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Old 10-08-2004, 06:07   #6 (permalink)
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Ah that's crap eh, I just sold an EA Ghia heater box yesterday lol.

I'm pretty sure you don't have to take the whole dash out if you're replacing the core, you may only need to remove the glove box and panel behind it, along with the whole stereo bit. That should give you good enough access, someone told me they did it that way a while ago.

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Old 10-08-2004, 06:25   #7 (permalink)
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when i did it about a month ago i had to take the dash out to get it in, GRRR that damn heater boxes are hard to get in! the dash was easy thou
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Old 10-10-2004, 15:22   #8 (permalink)
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Ahhh crap.. I cbf pulling out that dash. I think I'll bypass the core and worrk about it when winter comes along again :)

Anyone know if the EF cores are the same??

Thanks for the replies fellas!
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ill ask at work and try to find out simon, if i can find out ill have a reply tomorrow (day off today)
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Old 10-14-2004, 06:02   #10 (permalink)
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Hey Simon,

Yep you have to move the dash back but like one of the replies above you don't have to take the dash right outof the car you can just have it sit on the passenger seat and pull the heater case from the passenger side out.Remember to remove the foot duct as its easeir and when you drop the column undo the foot plat as if this is not done you can pop the bearing out of the sleeve or make the bearing noisy and that means a new column.When moving the heater case out lift it has high as possible as you could also break the actuator at the bottom of the case.

The EA to EL heater core is the same,I think even AU.The fans are the same as well right down to the connector.

Won't be to hard just seal it with windscreen sealer or something that has a bit of give other wise the sealers that go hard will allow condensation to come between the split inthe case and thus onthe floor again.

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