| Article by:Dale
First I wish this on NO ONE. Having a heatercore go out is not a
fun thing in an SN95 since to replace it you have to remove the whole
dash from the car. The part number for the 95 GT Heatercore from Ford
is F4ZZ18476A and the cost as of July of 98 is $89.63. Well as I said
it is July and I really don't need my heater right now, just my car.
I don't care to be taking out the dash when it is averaging 100 degrees
outside in the Texas heat. So I am bypassing the HC for now and will
attempt that replacement at a later/cooler time. Here is a few pictures
and tips on the bypass.
The fist thing to get is the right parts. I picked up
this kit from "Parts America" for about $2.50 it fits from
1/4 to 3/4 heater hoses. Make sure what ever you get is made for heater
hose because of the temp. the water can reach passing through the
splice. When you go to the parts counter ask for a BARB SPLICE that
is 5/8 to 3/4, this is the correct sizes of the hoses on your car.
now for the location of the two hoses you need to splice together. They
exit the firewall on the passenger side of the car. They are very close
together as you can see from this picture. You will need to get some
vice grips (I prefer) or some good pliers to move the clamps off the
end of the hose. Then just wiggle the hoses back and forth while pulling
on them to get them off.
you get the hoses pulled off the heatercore then you can see the different
diameters of them. Check for any cracks or tears in the ends before
placing the splice in between them.
now the easy part. Here is a picture of the splice (Barb Splice) it
self, not much to it huh. Make sure first you place the clamps that
come with the splice on each hose THEN put the splice into each end
of the hose.
is what the install looks like when finished. Simple and quick (10
Minutes) job that will save you at the track or on the side of the
road one day. It is VERY wise to go spend the $2.50 for the part and
keep on along with a pair of pliers and screwdriver in your car. If
you are like me you keep a toolbox in the trunk anyway for just such
emergencies. I do have to tell on my self I did not have a splice
when this happened to me, but I did make it the last 10 miles home.
are the two holes/post left over from the Heatercore after the hoses
are removed. You can just leave them like this until you replace it.
Hope this has helped and also hope you never have to do it yourself,
but most likely if you are looking at this you are about to do it..