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Old 07-05-2010, 11:57 AM   #1
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Heater Core Gone Bad....

Talk about a bummer... the heater core went bad on the EVIL RS last week. It was preceeded by the faint smell of dextron a day or two before, then I noticed the wet carpet on the passenger side floor board. :(

Longer story made short, I took it into Classic Chevy and they are being great about it (I've come to expect no less from these guys.) The worst part is the time for repair, roughly a week as the heater core has to be ordered along with a windshield and carpeting.

To replace it, they have to take out the dash and the front windshield to get to the heater core... and, since the carpeting got soaked with dextron and will never be the same, they have to pull out the seats and replace the all of the carpet/well (it's once big piece.) Ouch!!

I'm driving sound in a huge Avalanche now too, which they had waiting for me when I showed up... It's a really nice truck, had less then 20 miles on it when I got it, but it's a bit different to drive around than the Camaro, and no where near as fast of the line!! Haha. At least I have wheels while I wait...
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:06 PM   #2
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remove the windshield to change the heater core...holy smokes batman...that is the first time I have ever heard of this before. Sure is costly to replace a heater core, sounds like there was a oppps in the design. ...Imagine the 2011 Camaro with the HUD windshield...
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:06 PM   #3
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That stinks.............any ideas why it would have gone bad so soon??
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:12 PM   #4
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That stinks.............any ideas why it would have gone bad so soon??
There is a TSB about it. They have had a problem or too with them. people have rported hearing a sloshing sound coming from the glove box area.
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:14 PM   #5
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Hi-9 you car and my are close in # Let me know whats up as i think it may be a problom,
In the last 3 days my car has had a smell of some thing too.

before some of you and say something. (And not BO)
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Hi-9 you car and my are close in # Let me know whats up as i think it may be a problom,
In the last 3 days my car has had a smell of some thing too.

before some of you and say something. (And not BO)

if you are getting a smell of antifreeze I would be keeping a close eye of the pass side footwelll.. make sure it isnt damp or have any water there..
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:24 PM   #7
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I know, have not seen any, But its so hot out here that water is gone in 5 min on the ground.
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:41 PM   #8
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I know, have not seen any, But its so hot out here that water is gone in 5 min on the ground.

not outside the car, inside on the floor board
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Old 07-05-2010, 01:13 PM   #9
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That stinks.............any ideas why it would have gone bad so soon??
Dunno... I am at about 24k miles now though.

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Hi-9 you car and my are close in # Let me know whats up as i think it may be a problom,
In the last 3 days my car has had a smell of some thing too...
Check the passenger sued floor board and up under your dash, like below/behind the glovebox. Any moisture at all equals not good.

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not outside the car, inside on the floor board
Exactly. By the time you notice the moisture/wetness, it's past a minor problem. I started smelling it before I started seeing/feeling it.
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Old 07-05-2010, 01:56 PM   #10
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I was told it is a hose that is too big going into or out of the heater core. They replace it with a smaller one.
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Old 07-05-2010, 02:02 PM   #11
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The car's still new; how many heater cores can service centers possibly be familiar with on a 2010 Camaro? The service manual says 'remove windshield', so they do it, but there may be another way to do it. Give the techs and mechanically inclined owners a little time, they will come up with a better way, I'll bet
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Old 07-05-2010, 02:36 PM   #12
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The car's still new; how many heater cores can service centers possibly be familiar with on a 2010 Camaro? The service manual says 'remove windshield', so they do it, but there may be another way to do it. Give the techs and mechanically inclined owners a little time, they will come up with a better way, I'll bet
I don't know if they can. There are two long bolts that go straight down into the dash carrier right at the base of the windshield .
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Old 07-05-2010, 03:05 PM   #13
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I have heard that removing the dash out of the car the windshield can crack on these Camaros, at least you got a new Avalanche to drive!!
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Old 07-05-2010, 03:08 PM   #14
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I don't know if they can. There are two long bolts that go straight down into the dash carrier right at the base of the windshield .
What? Take out the windshield for a heater core replacement???

Are the GM engineers on crack or something?
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Old 07-05-2010, 04:29 PM   #15
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Are the GM engineers on crack or something?
remember the LT1 cars? opti-spark? id say the habit is hard to kick.
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Old 07-05-2010, 04:40 PM   #16
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Yeah, they are putting in a new windshield as a part of this effort.... and new carpeting and floor mats too. GM is being good about this, great really, it just sucks being without the car for a week.

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Old 07-30-2010, 02:30 PM   #17
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Mine goes in next week for exactly same problem
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:05 PM   #18
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My baby went in today for new heater core
and I have a friggin Impala as a loaner
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:28 PM   #19
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I feel your pain, here's hoping it all goes well for you.
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:26 AM   #20
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Did you take your car to the Dallas location or the Sugar Land location?
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:17 PM   #21
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Did you take your car to the Dallas location or the Sugar Land location?
Classic in Grapevine (Dallas).
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:21 AM   #22
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Classic in Grapevine (Dallas).
O...k cuz I havent had the best luck at the Sugarland location...Im not bashing on them cuz i bought my car from them and everything was great but I just haven't received the service and respect I expected from the service department (maybe cuz im 20 and they dont take my questions or concerns seriously)...at first it was great cuz ive been in for 2 different warranty related issues that they fixed but then when i went in for my first oil change they damaged my rim and gladly replaced it but when i got my car back it had 50 extra miles on it and half a tank of gas was gone (joyride anyone?). Then my second oil change they didnt even add air to my tires and also put in 10w30 instead of 5w30 and i had told them that they had put the wrong oil in last time i was there too (i know it doesn't make much of a difference but still id like them to put what it says on the oil cap)...so this next oil change im gonna go try a different chevy dealership for my service needs and see how that works out...im glad to hear your getting great service at the Dallas location...I know id go back to purchase another car from them but im not so sure if id go in for service though, id rather drive an extra 20 miles for that.
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Well, at least you'll have a new heater core. Mine is nothing but trouble and I just know that as soon as my warranty is gone I'll be spending hundreds of dollars or even into the thousands to have it replaced. I just had my car in yesterday for the fourth time to fix my A/C. The first 3 time was for the gurgliing/bubbling noise, this time the fan level was surging. They weren't able to duplicate the probelm so I'm stuck with it for now. Hopefully it gets a little worse and more consitant so I can take it back. Very frustrating becuase I have 24,000 miles so in 8-10 months I'll be f'd. I wish there was some way to protect myself and hold GM responsible to fix it before the end of my warranty.
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Well, at least you'll have a new heater core. Mine is nothing but trouble and I just know that as soon as my warranty is gone I'll be spending hundreds of dollars or even into the thousands to have it replaced. I just had my car in yesterday for the fourth time to fix my A/C. The first 3 time was for the gurgliing/bubbling noise, this time the fan level was surging. They weren't able to duplicate the probelm so I'm stuck with it for now. Hopefully it gets a little worse and more consitant so I can take it back. Very frustrating becuase I have 24,000 miles so in 8-10 months I'll be f'd. I wish there was some way to protect myself and hold GM responsible to fix it before the end of my warranty.
Maybe you can get your dealer/service to note the issue as a potential item, having been in the shop at least once before, and therefore be a little forgiving when (if) it comes time to have the work actually performed...
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Talk about a bummer... the heater core went bad on the EVIL RS last week. It was preceeded by the faint smell of dextron a day or two before, then I noticed the wet carpet on the passenger side floor board. :(

Longer story made short, I took it into Classic Chevy and they are being great about it (I've come to expect no less from these guys.) The worst part is the time for repair, roughly a week as the heater core has to be ordered along with a windshield and carpeting.

To replace it, they have to take out the dash and the front windshield to get to the heater core... and, since the carpeting got soaked with dextron and will never be the same, they have to pull out the seats and replace the all of the carpet/well (it's once big piece.) Ouch!!

I'm driving sound in a huge Avalanche now too, which they had waiting for me when I showed up... It's a really nice truck, had less then 20 miles on it when I got it, but it's a bit different to drive around than the Camaro, and no where near as fast of the line!! Haha. At least I have wheels while I wait...
Sounds like they're taking [or already took] care of you. Happy to hear it, even though it's too bad there was a problem at all.
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