My mechanic wants to charge me 750 dollars to replace the heater core, does this sound right? Or does it sound way to expensive? I have not looked closely at it yet but, can it be replaced without having to drain the AC system? I am hoping I can do it myself for a lot cheaper, but I do not have the equipmrnt to do the recharge for the AC, if it is needed. If I can do the AC system with the cans of freeon and some compressor oil and some gauges I might purchase the guages myself and do the job myself. I am a broke college student.
It's not an easy job as the entire dash needs to be removed. ALLDATA calls for 5.8 hours of labor and $175 for a Nissan heater core, but you could go aftermarket for the core for a few less $$. Then you have the price of coolant, as well. You don't mention whether you have R-12 freon still or R-134a freon. Each requires differant equipment. You will need to evacuate the system and put it under a vacuum, as well. You could also have a repair shop evacuate the system for you then recharge it after you get it back together. Either way, make sure you can handle the difficulty of the job before you start taking stuff apart!
Told my mechanic to bypass heater core for now. I picked it up and he charged me to "clean connections" on the fan switch, then when I check i didn't work at full speed and he destroyed my temperature slider. I mean I can't even move it, it has broken off. then when I asked him about it he said, " it should'nt be that had to move" whatever, I am not going back there(at least I got my money back), I plan to do the heater core myself and get the ac recharged at a more reputable shop.
thank you matt93se, after spending a lot of time trying to educate myself about the replacement of the heater core everything keep pointing to the fact that i do NOT have to discharge the AC. thanks for the educated response.
The AutoGuide.com network consists of the largest network of enthusiast-owned enthusiast-operated automotive communities.
AutoGuide.com provides the latest car reviews, auto show coverage, new car prices, and automotive news. The AutoGuide network operates more than 100 automotive forums where our users consult peers for shopping information and advice, and share opinions as a community.