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    Thread: heater core replacement

    1. 10-21-2010 09:54 PM #1
      I am changing the heater core in a 2001 jetta 1.8t. Can anyone lead me to a step by step proceedure to do this job. i have a bentley book but don't want to go through any extra steps if I don't have to.

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      10-22-2010 08:47 AM #2
      Just do it according to bentley, the steps are there for a reason.

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      10-22-2010 11:37 AM #3
      There's a great DIY in the How-to section forum. That's what I'll be using in the next few weeks.
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    4. 10-22-2010 11:38 AM #4
      take the dash out

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      10-22-2010 12:21 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by swagger rob View Post
      Just do it according to bentley, the steps are there for a reason.
      sorry, this is not always the case. there are many situations where the process the bentley has is not the easiest way of doing things (ie... mk3 heater core).
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      10-22-2010 01:36 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by GTINC View Post
      Extra steps? Why would the official VW procedure include extra steps?
      You have over 13,000 posts, don't fake ignorance. As a BMW Technician, I can tell you for certain that the manufacturer's suggested steps for a procedure are not the "easiest" way of doing things, for they build in certain checks to ensure that their (the manufactuer) rear end is covered at all times. There are extra steps in the Bentley, including the procedure for pulling the steering wheel (airbag specific), handlling the airbag(s) in a "safe" manner, and pulling the entire center console out of the car entirely, that can be shortcuted by the consumer to reduce the time spent on car. As a technician, we develop patterns and learn to shortcut steps to reduce the amount of time a job takes. Many of the DIY's on this site, including the one for R&R of the heater core include these proverbial "tricks of the trade."
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      10-22-2010 02:18 PM #7
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ht=heater+core

      This helped me tons. And to the above post, I don't think there are any more shortcuts on this diy

      I did it the first time and took me a good 12 hours. I started around 10 am and finished by 1230am (breaks in between with tons of frustration and a lot of cuts )

      Good luck and dont go cheapo, you really don't want to do this in a couple of years over again
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      10-24-2010 12:55 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by magmacarat View Post
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ht=heater+core

      This helped me tons. And to the above post, I don't think there are any more shortcuts on this diy

      I did it the first time and took me a good 12 hours. I started around 10 am and finished by 1230am (breaks in between with tons of frustration and a lot of cuts )

      Good luck and dont go cheapo, you really don't want to do this in a couple of years over again
      I have a printout of that DIY in a binder in my tool box. Definitely straight forward and well written
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