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OMG, are you kidding me on pulling the dashboard, steering wheel, etc to replace the heater core? Is there no easier way to do this?



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Yes, put 20 psi in and it went down fairly quick. Blew it out as well to ensure it had no blockage.

I'm not planning on dealing with this right away so maybe others can chime in with suggestions?

Btw, has anyone had any luck with any of the stop leak products for this sort of problem? I know many of the products are much better than the ones that came out several years ago.

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So, you live in the SouthWest/Arizona; its very hot now, I doubt you will be using your heater for awhile. So, for now, just bypass it with some hose/connectors or some pipe. Deal with it, when you have the time or feel like accepting the challenge?
 

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It's already bypassed, I was just trying to find out why the PO bypassed it. Now I know.

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Vw is not the only car that you need to disassemble the dashboard. My old Ford Expedition was the same way. The easiest heater core I ever did was a Ford Aerostar, half a dozen screws, remove a plastic air box, a couple of bolts and out it comes. The worst problem was dealing with the special “quick disconnect “ fittings on the coolant line without the special tool.
 

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Vw is not the only car that you need to disassemble the dashboard. My old Ford Expedition was the same way. The easiest heater core I ever did was a Ford Aerostar, half a dozen screws, remove a plastic air box, a couple of bolts and out it comes. The worst problem was dealing with the special “quick disconnect “ fittings on the coolant line without the special tool.
I've never had the pleasure of this repair. I'm just amazed that auto engineers couldn't come up with a better solution.

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