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ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core

Part No. 398313 Warranty  

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Our heaters are designed and tested to meet or exceed OE specifications for form, fit, and function. Using premium quality materials and a clear focus on the highest heat transfer performance possible, our engineers have designed this heater to perform at the highest standards to ensure a warm cab environment during those cold winter months.
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Core Height:6 1/4 in
Core Thickness:1 1/4 in
Core Width:8 5/8 in
Inlet Size(s):5/8 in
Outlet Size(s):5/8 in

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ToughOne or Ready-AireHeater Core
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (8)
  • Durable (7)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

  • Difficult to install (5)

Best Uses

  • Replacement (13)
  • Everyday driving (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Truck enthusiast (6), Auto enthusiast (4), Casual driver (4), Mechanic (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Core

Bought one of these for a 3500 pickup truck. Loved the easy to use adjustable piping. Easier to install than the original. Made of Aluminum so it should last forever. Great price...Read complete review

Bought one of these for a 3500 pickup truck. Loved the easy to use adjustable piping. Easier to install than the original. Made of Aluminum so it should last forever. Great price too.

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heatercore's just a pain

easy to install after u take the dash apart,its the only way, when its out of the way its nothing but a thing

easy to install after u take the dash apart,its the only way, when its out of the way its nothing but a thing

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Replacement

By my2toyota

from Hickory nc

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Level 2

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Install
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Alot Of Work

Best Uses

  • Replacement
  • Restoration

Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

Excellent replacement. Took about 4 hours from start to finish to replace.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than it looks

By my2toyota

from Hickory nc

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Level 2

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Install
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Replacement

    Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

    Thought I would try and install it on my 98 Dodge ram 1500 myself because the garage wanted $ 600 to do it. Looked it up on You tube.

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    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Heater core

    By Jeff

    from Laurinburg, NC

    Verified Buyer
    Level 1

    Pros

      Cons

      • Difficult To Install

      Best Uses

      • Replacement

      Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

      Good part. Fixed my problem. I have heat now and no fog on windshield anymore. It does take a while to remove the dash, drain the A/C, etc.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WoW I have heat

      By pete47130

      from Louisville,KY

      About Me Auto Enthusiast, Truck Enthusiast

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      Level 1

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Install

        Best Uses

        • Replacement

        Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

        works great

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        how easy to install a heater core

        By Donny

        from Spartanburg, SC.

        About Me Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer
        Level 1

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Install
        • Improves Engine Efficiency
        • Increases Power
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Replacement

          Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

          Heater Core was bought at a good price. Not to hard to install and works great.

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          (9 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          It's a different size

          By Golf 1

          from Beaumont, TX

          About Me Mechanic

          Level 3

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Replacement

              Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

              Manufacturer date January 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 3.7L, plain single cab. Have to remove dash. Have to remove heater & evaporator core box from vehicle. Have to disconnect A.C. evaporator core lines!!! Means (new receiver/dryer) + having to have the a.c. evacuated & recharged with freon. Heater core slides out & in, from the firewall side of course, without having to take the main box apart, UNLESS antifreeze leaked into it. Take it apart to be cleaned good. This one is 6.5 inches on tube side & 10.5 inches deep. It is not supported properly when slid into the box, as it rests on the fin part of the core. The one that came in this truck is 8 inches tube to tube wide & 7.5 inches deep.

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              (10 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              easier to instal than I thought

              By Beth

              from Philadelphia Pa

              About Me Casual Driver

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              Level 2

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday Driving
                • Replacement

                Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

                perfect fit with the way the lines are adjustable made it easy to install.

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                (8 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Easy to install. Saved me time.

                By Backyard mechanic

                from Vancleave, MS

                About Me Casual Driver

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                Pros

                • Easy To Install

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday Driving
                  • Replacement

                  Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

                  The rotating pipes made it able to be installed without removing the heater box on the very difficult Dodge Ram. Saved hours of work. Start to finish was under 3 hours.

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                  (8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  i would buy this product again

                  By mike

                  from powder springs, ga

                  About Me Auto Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday Driving

                    Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

                    the adjustable lines made it easy to install, did NOT have to take out entire black box or did NOT have to disconnect AC lines

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                    (12 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great fit, have heat again

                    By Tim

                    from Trenton, Florida

                    About Me Auto Enthusiast, Backyard Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer
                    Level 2

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Install

                      Best Uses

                      • Replacement

                      Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

                      Have NO complaints about the heater core, but pulling the dashboard back resulted in my entire dash crumbling (typical dodge). Was not hard to replace, but took my time doing it.

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                      • Q:

                        i have a 2001 dodge ram 1500 with a 5.2 and i was wondering how long should it take to replace the heater coil and what all is involed in takeing it out
                        Asked on 11/21/2012 by razor from callao, va

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          with reference to this Ready-Aire Heater Core - part# 398313, replacing the heater core on your Dodge Ram 1500 depends on the skill level of whoever is removing or replacing the part. Some may have a harder time than others who have experience. I would recommend purchasing a Haynes repair manual specifically for your vehicle. This should be able to assist you further into detail on how to repair or replace specific parts. For any further assistance, you may also visit your nearest Advance Auto store or call us directly at 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) and one of our representatives there would be more than happy to assist you.

                          Answered on 11/22/2012 by Vincent from AAP
                      • Q:

                        Installed, 8 hours labor. Started up and heater core had small slow leak causing coolant smell in cabin. Quality Poor
                        Asked on 9/7/2012 by tdb from Kokomo, IN

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused. For further assistance please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto store and one of our representatives will gladly assist you in this regard.

                          Answered on 9/10/2012 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                      • Q:

                        I installed one of these heater cores. I was shocked that the tubes had to rotate to make it fit. Do they need soldered once in place? Anyway I got it installed. It took a lot of labor. Well I am getting a antifreeze smell in the cab when it starts to heat up. I can find no evidence of a leak. I redid the heater hoses and replaced the radiator cap. I still get the smell. Do you have any ideas? I think the heater core I put in was bad. How do I know without ripping it out? I question the integrity of the rotating tubes.
                        Asked on 8/26/2012 by Ted from Tipton, IN

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Sorry, without the presence of your vehicle we would not be able to properly diagnose it nor provide you with a 100% answer. We would suggest that you take your vehicle to a certified mechanic for further diagnosis.

                          Answered on 8/27/2012 by Steve from AAP
                      • Q:

                        how to replace heater core
                        Asked on 8/29/2011 by Anonymous

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          For help with your project, I recommend purchasing a Haynes repair manual specifically for your vehicle.

                          Answered on 8/29/2011 by Aaron from AAP
                      • Q:

                        I have a 1995 Grand Cherokee Lorado how long should It take to replace the heater core ? an on a scale 1 to 10 how hard would this be.
                        Asked on 1/18/2011 by colt from Howell

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Well this all depends on the skill level of whoever is removing or replacing the part. Some may have a harder time than others who have experience. I would recommend purchasing a Haynes repair manual specifically for your vehicle. This should be able to assist you further into detail on how to repair or replace specific parts.

                          Answered on 2/3/2011 by Parts Guru Geo from AAP
                      • Q:

                        I need to replace the heater core on a 99 dodge 1500 truck. The thing is that it has an air bag on the passenger side, am I going to have a problem because of that or is there a way to bypass that. I really don't want to have to take it to a dealer or mechanic to fix this.
                        Asked on 10/7/2010 by Drew from Northglenn, CO

                        2 answers

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                          A:

                          You should be able to replace the heater core without having to mess with the air bag.

                          Answered on 10/7/2010 by Mike from AAP
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                          A:

                          You should be able to replace the heater core without having to mess with the air bag.

                          Answered on 10/7/2010 by Kevin King of Auto Parts. from AAP
                      • Q:

                        On a 1999 Dodge pick-up heater core.It looks like you would be able to replace it by just removing the glovebox.Will that work? Or would you really have to take out the whole dash?
                        Asked on 7/23/2010 by Anonymous

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          You may be able to replace the heater core by just taking out the glove box. For the best help with this project, I recommend getting a repair manual for your vehicle

                          Answered on 7/27/2010 by Mike from AAP
                      • Q:

                        Is the heater core compatable with ATC system
                        Asked on 6/12/2010 by Craig from NY NY

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          To further assist you on this question could you please provide your vehicles year, make model, and engine size.

                          Answered on 7/2/2010 by Kevin from AAP
                      • Q:

                        which valve is the intake side on the heater core of a 95 jeep grand cherokee laredo?
                        Asked on 3/16/2010 by MrStankie from Montgomery, AL

                        2 answers

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                          A:

                          For step by step instructions on how to do this job and proper installation, I recommend that you go into your local Advance Auto Parts and pick up a repair manual if available.

                          Answered on 4/29/2010 by Mike from AAP
                        • A:

                          Although I do not know the "correct" answer, the reality is that the core does not care if the fluid flows from left to right or right to left. Once the core is installed, the hoses from the firewall into the engine will show you which goes where.

                          Answered on 6/2/2010 by Chip from PSL, FL
                      • Q:

                        is this heater core nickel plated brass or aluminum
                        Asked on 1/8/2010 by Anonymous

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Inlet Size: 5/8 in.
                          Outlet Size: 5/8 in.
                          Heater Core Length (in): 8.625 in.
                          Heater Core Width (in): 6.250 in.
                          Heater Core Thickness (in): 1.250 in.
                          Quantity: Sold individually.

                          Keep your cool with Proliance heater cores.
                          Looking for a top-notch stock replacement heater core? Proliance has you covered with these Ready-Aire OEM heater cores that deliver performance and durability. Proliance Ready-Aire has industry-leading heater core application coverage that is second to none. These Proliance Ready-Aire heater cores feature a louvered-fin design, high-efficiency cores, extra-strength tube supports, and an unequaled appearance.

                          Answered on 1/10/2010 by Rob from Advance Auto Parts
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