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Heater Core Removal/Replacement Workaround

"NOTE: THIS WILL WORK ON 95 UP TO SOME 2000'S IT APPEARS TO HAVE CHANGED IN 2000 (USA MODELS AT LEAST) SO LOOK FIRST BEFORE TEARING APART EVERYTHING. SEE PICTURES ON SECOND PAGE OF THIS THREAD FOR OTHER TYPE " EDITED 10/29/2011
I have performed this procedure 2 times and have heard from 10 others that it has worked for them. It was not my idea but a guy on 4x4wire.com Kia forum whose handle is Dorkpunch.
Anyway, here it is:

Take out the battery and the plastic tank on the back side of the crossover tube to gain easier access to the clamps on the hoses. I found it easier to replace the clamps with standard hose clamps. You might also want to replace the hoses if they are old. I used standard heater hose or you can buy factory hoses. Remove the glove box and steel bar. You will also need to loosen up some of the screws for the center console and dash. Look at the pictures and you will see what you have to get to.
The hump is at an angle, you cut the hump off carefully (using a carpet knife or similar) and then push/pull the heater core out, while you have the heater core out, clean as much coolant as possible out of the hvac box as you can. I used SimpleGreen. Then slide the new heater core in and attach the hoses. Use RTV silicone sealer to attach and reseal hump back onto hvac box.. Use tape to hold in place while silicone is setting up, then reassemble dash.. Remove tape after a couple of hours.

You will smell the RTV for about 2 days.
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If you haven't purchased a heater core yet, some of the best prices I've found for heater cores is from: RockAuto Auto Parts
I have used the one they sell for a 1996, they show one PROLIANCE Part # 394185. This is the one I bought for my 2000 and it fit. [B]UPDATE: Now this heater core is leaking...So I bought another one from ROCKAUTO and the new one is ALL METAL...it looks as if it should last. The Proliance brand is no longer sold by them... wonder why????













DISCLAIMER: IF YOU STILL USE ROUNDED END SAFETY SCISSORS, DON'T ATTEMPT THIS. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INJURY TO YOU OR OTHERS OR DAMAGE DONE TO YOUR VEHICLE BECAUSE OF MY OR YOUR INCOMPETENCE.

This is not a difficult job and should take about 2 cocktails and use standard tools.

Several people have done this and are very happy with the outcome, and if you are one of them, please post your experience.

This procedure will save you several hundred dollars or several hours.

If you use this and find any other helps, post them.

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This works very well. Just finished. Took me longer that 2 hours though. I'm slow in my old age I guess. Hardest part was getting the old hoses and clamps loose from the core. Also, a dremel tool with a cutoff wheel makes short work of cutting the plastic. Keep in mind that the heater hoses are molded. I made do with regular heater hose, but may have to change them sometime if they give trouble.

Highly recommended over pulling the dash!!

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I have been going to change out the heater core for over a year now, So i thought i would give this method a try. It took me about an hour to get the old one out and wasn't too difficult at all.although i did lose half the skin on the back of my hand. However i didn't get the new one back in yet. A snow storm and sub zero temps sent me running indoors

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4 words.......................I DID IT, Toasty

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I did it too, and it did work pretty well considering my skills level (I guess I should still use rounded end safety scissors). It took me about 4 hours. The re are some things that did not work so well for me that may help others:

1- Listen to Upyourkia and be careful when cutting the hump. I did not have a carpet knife, so I used a regular kitchen knife. It worked, but I wasn't able to cut all the way around the hump. I tried to lift the partially cut hump to remove the heater core and cracked the hump. It wasn't a big issue, the silicone sealer did its job on gluing the pieces together.
2- Be careful when pulling the front dash. There are two "hidden" screws that are not visible and can only be reached from the inside of the dash. If you don't loose them and pull the front dash, it will crack. Just like mine did. If it happens to you, use super glue.
3- The worst part for me was to remove the clamps from the heater hoses. I have big hands and small pliers. I removed the top hose, but I couldn't reach the bottom one to remove the clamp. So I just pulled the hose until the heater core tube broke. It wasn't so difficult to connect the hoses back on the new heater core. I also replaced the factory clamps with standard ones, easier to handle in such a tight place.

I cracked a few things but I'm very happy with the final result. Thanks Upyourkia!
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IF you are tackling this have you done anything to the rear brakes on your Sport ? Trying to get some ideas on what is going on with mine and why the tech books indicate that the layout is different than what I have on mine. any assistance would be appreciated.

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My wife was reading about the trouble with getting to the clamps on the heater hose. She reminded me that when it comes to tight places, sometimes a womans touch is better. Her hands are much smaller and fit back there much more easily than my "meat hooks". So if you have a willing partner, that might help getting to those clamps!!!
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can anyone post a pic of their 03-05 rio of the water lines 1/4" coming off of the crossover water pipe to the water pump? I need to know where these lines hook up, ? Thanks Kindly

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Will this method work on a 2000 Rio???

My heater core just packed its dacks and I am hoping to replace it myself. A sneaky work around like this would be awesome.

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All Metal Rockauto Heater Core

Ok, just installed the second one in my 2dr, with the ALL METAL HEATER CORE currently sold by RockAuto Auto Parts
I do not recommend this all metal one for this type of install. I ended cutting the top and bottom frame off the new core so it would fit. I'm not so sure it would fit even if you did it via the book. I found a leak right in the middle of the 7 month old one in one of the tubes. There is no way it was over pressured due to the fact I run a 8 lb radiator cap.
I'm going to write to Proliance to see if they will give me a new one.
It seemed like an odd place for failure.
Anyway, I can't suggest on where now to get a new core. You will have to do it on your own.
Will try and add pictures to first post to give a more detailed account on how remove it.

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