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Repair Guide: How to replace the heater core on 6th gen Monte

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Old 01-26-2012, 09:52 PM
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Default How to replace the heater core on 6th gen Monte

First take off the lower dash paneling (the one with the courtesy lights) on both the driver and passenger sides.

Next take off the section of paneling right above that on the drivers side and disconnect the trunk release (quick disconnect) I believe this section of paneling has one or two screws in it.

Next take off both fuse panels on the driver and passenger sides

Next tilt your steering column down and open your glove box. There is a screw for the main dash panel (that covers the radio, HVAC, instrument cluster) on that side that the glovebox covers and another screw under the drivers side fuse panel. Take both of those out and use a little force and pull the whole cover off. The ring around the ignition key cylinder will pop out immediately. Just disconnect the hazard button (quick disconnect)

Next engage the vehicles emergency brake and turn the key on and put the vehicle in neutral. Then take a small flat-tipped screwdriver and pry out the rubbery-plastic ring around the shifter. Comes out easy.

Next remove the rubber insert that is on the center console (directly below the radio and HVAC panel) Remove that screw.

The whole upper part of the center console should now come apart with a little force. Now pop out both of your heated seat buttons (If so equipped) and disconnect the wiring harness that connects the front and rear cigarette lighters and the traction control. You should now have the whole upper part of the console free and just turn the whole unit side ways to get it out and over the shifter.

Next open the lid to your center console and take out the rubber insert at the bottom. Underneath you will find 6 bolts. Remove ONLY the two larger ones (10mm head, if I remember correctly) Now remove the two bolt (10mm head, if I remember correctly) that are in front of the shifter. The whole unit should now be free and just repeat the same steps for the upper console for removal.

Next cut your carpet from the firewall to the shifter. Make sure you cut in the center, so the center console covers up the cut. Peel back both parts of the carpet on the drivers side, and passenger side.

Now make a v-cut on both ends of the heating duct (that delivers air to the rear passengers underneath both seats)

NOW FOR THE FUN PART!.... (SARCASM)

Drill out all the plastic rivets that hold on the heater core cover.. (I used a step-bit) I HIGHLY recommend using a 90 degree drill, because there is very little clearance for most of these rivets, and they are all a huge pain to get to. Once you get this off, take it to the bench and use a hacksaw to cut the two main tabs off (bottom side) This will make installation MUCH easier. And they are not used anymore anyways.

Now take out the four 5.5mm bolts that hold on the main cover for the heater core. There are more plastic rivets to drill out. Once you get all them off, the cover should be removed easily, and you will now see the heater core

Next pop the hood and take off the clamps off both of the rubber hoses that hold on the heater core. There are a huge pain to get to. A pair of Channel Locks with short handles works the best. You should now be able to pull the heater core free from the firewall.

Now set the old one next to the new one and align the new metal tubes the same way as the old one. This will make life much easier.

Next install the new heater core. once both metal tubes are through the firewall, have a friend hold the new heater core in place while you put on the rubber hoses and clamps on the engine side.

Now bolt up the main plastic cover for the heater core using just those 4 bolts. Nothing else is needed to replace those plastic rivets, those 4 bolts are plenty.

Next slide the bottom cover into the ducting that you made the two v-notches in. Have some small self-tapping half inch long screws ready and screw the lower cover on. (I only used 2 self tapping screws. One on each side. I pulled on it real hard and it didn't budge. 2 screws is plenty.

I used zip-ties to sew my carpet back together, so it wouldn't spread apart any further. (see photo)

The rest of installation is just the reverse of disassembly. Just use your brain.

I typed this up from memory. I did this two days ago on my '04 monte, so I don't think I left anything out. If anyone can correct me on anything, feel free to chime in. This may only work on the 6th gen montes. I used a Delphi heater core Part # HC10004. Made in USA.
 
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I just got done finishing up this job. And thanks to codell17 for the write up without it I wouldnt have got the job done. But when I got into it I found a much easier way to get it done in case anyone wants to tackle this job. Follow all the directions for taking apart the dash and center console. But you do not have to drill out ANY rivets or cut the carpet and peel it back, or cut any v-notches in the floor duct. Basically just take out all the 5.5mm brass colored bolts you can see. The top cover will come off with a little gentle force and maneuvering. Then you may see a few more 5.5mm brass colored colored bolts, after removing those the second cover will come off with a little gentle force and maneuvering. And then the heater core will be exposed. There are 2 5.5mm bolts holding the heater core in place 1 on the bottom and 1 where the tubes go into the firewall. Pull the old heater core out, put the new one in and put it all back together.
 
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i did it a few years ago and i didnt have to cut any carpet either but did have to drill out the rivets on the heater core box. another thing i would like to add is the new heater core tubes were facing the wrong direction from the package but they rotate 180degrees to make it fit
 
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Hello, Fellow members. I am trying to remove the dash from my 1995 MC LS. Is this the procedure the for getting to the heater core out of my car? I have the dash apart, but I can't get the dashboard removed. I am not exactly sure what I should be taking off to replace mine. Please help!!!
 
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Originally Posted by codell17 View Post
First take off the lower dash paneling (the one with the courtesy lights) on both the driver and passenger sides.

Next take off the section of paneling right above that on the drivers side and disconnect the trunk release (quick disconnect) I believe this section of paneling has one or two screws in it.

Next take off both fuse panels on the driver and passenger sides

Next tilt your steering column down and open your glove box. There is a screw for the main dash panel (that covers the radio, HVAC, instrument cluster) on that side that the glovebox covers and another screw under the drivers side fuse panel. Take both of those out and use a little force and pull the whole cover off. The ring around the ignition key cylinder will pop out immediately. Just disconnect the hazard button (quick disconnect)

Next engage the vehicles emergency brake and turn the key on and put the vehicle in neutral. Then take a small flat-tipped screwdriver and pry out the rubbery-plastic ring around the shifter. Comes out easy.

Next remove the rubber insert that is on the center console (directly below the radio and HVAC panel) Remove that screw.

The whole upper part of the center console should now come apart with a little force. Now pop out both of your heated seat buttons (If so equipped) and disconnect the wiring harness that connects the front and rear cigarette lighters and the traction control. You should now have the whole upper part of the console free and just turn the whole unit side ways to get it out and over the shifter.

Next open the lid to your center console and take out the rubber insert at the bottom. Underneath you will find 6 bolts. Remove ONLY the two larger ones (10mm head, if I remember correctly) Now remove the two bolt (10mm head, if I remember correctly) that are in front of the shifter. The whole unit should now be free and just repeat the same steps for the upper console for removal.

Next cut your carpet from the firewall to the shifter. Make sure you cut in the center, so the center console covers up the cut. Peel back both parts of the carpet on the drivers side, and passenger side.

Now make a v-cut on both ends of the heating duct (that delivers air to the rear passengers underneath both seats)

NOW FOR THE FUN PART!.... (SARCASM)

Drill out all the plastic rivets that hold on the heater core cover.. (I used a step-bit) I HIGHLY recommend using a 90 degree drill, because there is very little clearance for most of these rivets, and they are all a huge pain to get to. Once you get this off, take it to the bench and use a hacksaw to cut the two main tabs off (bottom side) This will make installation MUCH easier. And they are not used anymore anyways.

Now take out the four 5.5mm bolts that hold on the main cover for the heater core. There are more plastic rivets to drill out. Once you get all them off, the cover should be removed easily, and you will now see the heater core

Next pop the hood and take off the clamps off both of the rubber hoses that hold on the heater core. There are a huge pain to get to. A pair of Channel Locks with short handles works the best. You should now be able to pull the heater core free from the firewall.

Now set the old one next to the new one and align the new metal tubes the same way as the old one. This will make life much easier.

Next install the new heater core. once both metal tubes are through the firewall, have a friend hold the new heater core in place while you put on the rubber hoses and clamps on the engine side.

Now bolt up the main plastic cover for the heater core using just those 4 bolts. Nothing else is needed to replace those plastic rivets, those 4 bolts are plenty.

Next slide the bottom cover into the ducting that you made the two v-notches in. Have some small self-tapping half inch long screws ready and screw the lower cover on. (I only used 2 self tapping screws. One on each side. I pulled on it real hard and it didn't budge. 2 screws is plenty.

I used zip-ties to sew my carpet back together, so it wouldn't spread apart any further. (see photo)

The rest of installation is just the reverse of disassembly. Just use your brain.

I typed this up from memory. I did this two days ago on my '04 monte, so I don't think I left anything out. If anyone can correct me on anything, feel free to chime in. This may only work on the 6th gen montes. I used a Delphi heater core Part # HC10004. Made in USA.
I just finished replacing this on my 05 Monte LT. Needless to say that thanks to your posting, I was able to complete the job. I didn't removed the seats and I didn't cut the carpet, but I think that removing the front seat would be very helpful in a way that an old man like me, can be able to get underneath, and tackled those plastic rivets, Thank god my son is home for the holiday and was able to reach. Once again Thanks for your posting, because this does save a lot of money.
 
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