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Old October 14th, 2016, 10:40
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Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

Does anyone other than Mopar make a copper or brass heater core for for a 97-01 for a decent price? Mopar runs near $400!!!!! I put in a Spectra aluminum one and I think it already sprung a leak after only 8 months! Yeah it has a warranty but for god sakes I don't want to do that horrible install again!
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Old October 17th, 2016, 08:02
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Re: Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

Since nobody chimed in, I called my local radiator shop to see if they could make a new copper or brass core from scratch it I brought them my original one to model it after. After talking on the phone with the guy for a couple of minutes he asked if he could put me on hold to check on something. He comes back and says he can get me a copper core for my Jeep for $65!!!! I was amazed! So there is a company called Thermal Solutions Manufacturing that makes radiators and heater cores and they still make some of their cores out of copper! I will be picking up a new one and eventually swapping out this junk Spectra aluminum core so a OE grade copper core.
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Old October 17th, 2016, 08:32
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Re: Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

found this on there site http://thermalsolutions.mycarparts.n..._id=9818980590 for 84-93 and they have one for 97-2001 http://thermalsolutions.mycarparts.n..._id=9818985748 also 94-96 http://thermalsolutions.mycarparts.n..._id=9818987583

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Old October 17th, 2016, 08:35
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Re: Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

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Thats it! Definitely a better option than the cheap aluminum cores that everyone else sells. I hate that I didn't find this before!
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Old October 17th, 2016, 08:43
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Re: Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

they show a location near me with a different name. if i ever need to replace one i know where to look now.
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Old October 18th, 2016, 14:02
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Re: Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

The onix-ada ones have a 5 year warranty. I know some of their stuff isn't the best but mines held up for a year and about chokes me with the heat All the way and blower on 2. eBay for $100 or less. Think I found mine for about $60 or so
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Old October 18th, 2016, 17:28
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Re: Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

Hey, if anyone orders one of these new copper heater cores, please get back here and
let us know and post a product review here!

My 1998 has been without a heater for years because of a leak. I am very dubious about
throwing an aluminum core in there given all of the work that it takes to swap them.

Years ago, I bought a used OEM copper core from a self-pick yard. I had it cleaned and
pressure-tested and is ready to go in, but I think I'd rather put in a completely new unit
if one is available at a reasonable cost.

Good info here.
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Old October 18th, 2016, 18:30
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Re: Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

I put a dealer one in mine earlier this year. I think it was about $230-260. I didn't know about the $65 alternative, but I figure for the labor involved, dealer parts usually work better than the el cheapos at Mc Parts. We need the heater core here in Colorado.
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Re: Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

399233 looks like that is the part number for the 97-2001 heater core

Anyone ever buy one of these — I currently find myself in need
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Old September 30th, 2018, 14:47
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Re: Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

I'd like to know too since the dealer part was discontinued.
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Old September 30th, 2018, 15:13
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Re: Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

So Thermal Solutions is still showing it in their catalogue. The unit is sold under the name Vista Pro, same part #399233. Seems a lot of places are showing it out of stock so you may have to call around or I would call Thermal Solutions direct and ask them what’s the deal.
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Re: Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

I've had good luck installing the aluminum heater cores on a lot of different cars but the biggest problem I've seen is the inlet and outlet tubes can be a little bit smaller. If using something like the or spring clamp I've had them leak from the hose and run back into the cab. I started double clamping them with screw clamps and then ok. May not be your problem but something to check. Pretty much everything newer now is aluminum, so I wouldn't totally condemn it just because it's made from that. Seen many people install expensive copper radiators and heater cores only to have them leak a few months later.
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Old September 30th, 2018, 17:48
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Re: Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

I guess it’s a crap shoot, hoping you get a good heater core

I also have a 97 parts XJ — I have no idea of the status of the heater core but I was thinking of pulling that core and having it cleaned and tested at a radiator shop — if it tests good then maybe I’ll use that — this is assuming it’s a mopar in there now and not a replacement

Either way I have to do something before the cold sets in, I’m getting a steamy “ghost” on my windshield just above the left side of the defrost vent — nothing on the floor that I can find but I would think it’s only a matter of time
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Old September 30th, 2018, 17:50
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Re: Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

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So Thermal Solutions is still showing it in their catalogue. The unit is sold under the name Vista Pro, same part #399233. Seems a lot of places are showing it out of stock so you may have to call around or I would call Thermal Solutions direct and ask them whatís the deal.
Iíll try thermal solutions in the morning if I remember...
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Re: Copper/brass heater core for less than $400?

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I've had good luck installing the aluminum heater cores on a lot of different cars but the biggest problem I've seen is the inlet and outlet tubes can be a little bit smaller. If using something like the or spring clamp I've had them leak from the hose and run back into the cab. I started double clamping them with screw clamps and then ok. May not be your problem but something to check. Pretty much everything newer now is aluminum, so I wouldn't totally condemn it just because it's made from that. Seen many people install expensive copper radiators and heater cores only to have them leak a few months later.
I don't think there's a problem with aluminum heater cores in vehicles engineered for aluminum. A vehicle designed for a copper heater core would likely have less heating capability if an aluminum replacement of the same size is used.
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