2005 Ford Freestar - How many hours should it take to change a heater core. (2023)

6-8 hours,2 people,if they know what they are doing!

McDougal 3 on August 11, 2015

THE MANUAL SAYS ABOUT 5 HOURS. TOOK IT TO.A SHOP LEFT IT AT 8:30A.M. THEY SAID THEY WOULD CALL ME. I CALLED THEM AT 5:30P.M. AND IT STILL WASN'T READY.

stevieray1 on August 12, 2015

depends on what shop and if they do this every day?you see that white 2000 f-150 in my profile picture?i took it to a radiator-a/c shop here where i live.family owned,father started it over 60 years ago.now the son,daughter and one other full time person only.this is all they do,every day,well mon-fri anyways.it took both the son and the other guy 8 hours to do mine.they furnished the heater core,coolant,hose,clamps,back flushed the system,and a 12 month parts and labor warranty,out the door for $442.00.that was 6 years ago,and hope i don't have to have it done again,because i saw him a few months ago and he said it's $600.00 now.my truck has 307,000 miles on it.

McDougal 3 on August 12, 2015

WENT TO A SHOP LIKE YOU TOOK YOUR TRUCK PRIOR TO THE SHOP I HAVE ITAT NO.HE GAVE ME AN ESTIMATE OF $450 HE SAID HE WOULD. PRU KEEP IT A WHOLE DAY TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING WAS DONE BECAUSE IT WAS ONLY HIM DOING THE WORK.BUT IT WOULD BE 3 WEEKS BEFORE HE COULD GET TO IT.BUT $450 OUT THE DOOR.THE PLACE I HAVE IT $490. THANKS FOR THE INFO.

stevieray1 on August 12, 2015

that's a good price on yours,and i know on some vehicles there are short cuts,where you don't have to pull the entire dash out.but on mine they had to,including the steering column.both the heater core and the evaporator core are in the heater box,behind the dash.good luck with it.

stevieray1 on August 12, 2015

glad to hear it,and again that's a very good price.before i took mine in,i called several places and they wanted $800.00-$1000.00!and that was 6 years ago.then i took it to Horace's Radiator Shop,for $442.00!i was happy.hope you don't have to do it again.

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