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Old 09-24-2006, 10:47 AM   #1
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whats a heater coil

recently my mustang is acting up. ive had to add water to my radiator because my low fluid symbol comes on and the winshield is fogging up. my friend said it was my heater coil. has anyone heard of that or know where to get one?
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I dont really know what they are, Im pretty sure it has to do with something in your a/c though.
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Your Ford heater core keeps the inside of your car toasty and warm. A heater core is a series of coils attached to the radiator by hoses. Coolant flows from the radiator through the heater coil. The surface area on your core’s coils heats up, allowing hot air to be sucked into your car. You control the amount of heat that your Ford heater core releases into your car by adjusting the heat levels and blower levels on your temperature panel. Maintaining your heater core is relatively easy. Your Ford heater core will be automatically taken care of when you have your cooling system serviced. Consult your owner’s manual for your maintenance schedule. There are several indications that you might have a problem with your heater core. If you turn on your heater and your car just does not seem to get warm enough, you may have a heater core problem. If you turn on the heater and it just does not smell right, you might have a problem. Obviously, if you find coolant inside your car, you probably have a leak. When any of these problems occur, do not ignore them, particularly if you are coming up to the winter season. Having an effective heater is imperative for the comfort of you and your passengers.
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Damn... the dreaded heater core. Feared and hated by mechanics everywhere.
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how hard is it to replace and how much does it cost to do this.
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how hard is it to replace and how much does it cost to do this.
It's a pain to replace. I know that for the foxes, it requires removal of the dash. Yup. That's right. The entire dash. I really have no idea how much a shop would charge you to swap one out.

Whatever you do... don't buy a cheap Autozone-ish heater core for a replacement. Go to Ford and get the factory part. This isn't something you're gonna want to do again.

Here's a link that shows how to swap one out on a '86 GT: 5.0 Stangs - Late Model Mustang Restoration Specialists
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