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Heater Core Replacement (1983-1992 Ford Ranger)

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The lack of heat, steam or moisture on the inside of the windshield and water and or coolant on the passenger floor are all signs of a bad heater core.  Here's how to replace it.


1) Allow cooling system to cool if applicable.

2) Remove radiator cap to relieve pressure from the cooling system and then replace and tighten cap.

3) Loosen the clamps on the two side by side heater hoses going in to the passenger side of the firewall.

4) Twist the hoses and remove them from the heater core.

5) Make sure the hoses are above the radiator level to prevent coolant from draining out.  Some coolant loss should be expected.  You may choose to plug the hoses.

6) Inside the cab, remove the screws securing the heater core access cover (if applicable).  You may want to lay something down to protect the carpet from coolant spilling from the heater core.....When the core is bad...you may already have this problem.

7) Pull the heater core rearward and then down to remove.


1) Position the heater core and seal in the plenum assembly.

2) Install the heater core access cover to the plenum assembly and secure with five screws.

3) Install the heater hoses to the heater core tubes at the dash panel in the engine compartment. Do not over-tighten hose clamps.

4) Check the coolant level and add coolant as required. Connect the negative battery cable.

5) Start the engine and check the system for coolant leaks.









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