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Old 10-01-2008, 12:19 PM
ZenBeam ZenBeam is offline
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Heater core leak in my car. Cost to replace?

I have a 1994 Chrysler LeBaron convertible, and I suspect the heater core has a leak of some kind. I can smell that engine coolant smell in the passenger compartment. I first noticed it late spring, but I have the top down most of the time over the summer, so I was OK.

Well, it's not summer any more so maybe I should have it fixed.

First question, is it probably a leak in the heater core? What else might it be?

Second, if the heater core does need to be replaced, what's it going to run. Looking around, the part is about $35, but I found this question and response:

Originally Posted by BMRFIXIT
Itís a lot of work
Set in driver seat or passenger seat every thing between u and the glass have to be out of the car dashboard and all
Steering column radio clove box and so on until u get to the heater box
I've found similar expensive-sounding descriptions for other years of LeBarons, so I'm assuming that's an accurate description of the work required. Can anyone give me a ball-park answer for what it would cost? $500? $1500? I'm in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Michigan, if it matters.