Question about 2001 Chevrolet Silverado
There is a removal tool to release plastic locking tabs at back near fire wall, I had the same problem with my 01 silverado I used a 4" piece of hacksaw blade held with vice grips and cut aluminum cover and pried it apart to release, be careful not to cut heater core tube.
Posted on Mar 19, 2010
Used Dremel Multimax (a vibrating saw tip) to "chisel off" from the tip to where I could pry off the quick connect ears from the metal tube tip of the heater core. The new plastic connector piece was around $10.
Had to put the quick connect in first. Using some vaseline and pounding it in gently with a small wooden 2x4 (to reach in) and a hammer, I was able to seat it in firmly. Make sure the new piece actually goes in and cannot be pulled out manually. Then cut off to a new tip of the old hose and connect to the nipple of the new plastic piece.
The plastic piece already has a built-in rubber gasket. You will cut into the old gasket when you try to cut off the old plastic piece. I had heard there is a removal tool for this, but the auto parts dealer said they did not have it. Removal = 30 minutes; Replacement = 5 minutes.
Posted on Jul 23, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The plastic extension on the core can be removed, only if you take the core out. It's a factory "heat shrink" deal though and I am not aware of any means of putting one back on.(dealer or radiator shop may know) If you try to run a hose directly from it, likely the clamp would get in the way.If it wasn't so hard to get it out, it would be worth experimenting with.
Posted on Feb 07, 2009
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