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ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core

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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:7 1/8 in
Core Thickness:2 in
Core Width:7 3/4 in
Inlet Size(s):5/8 in
Outlet Size(s):5/8 in

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ToughOne or Ready-AireHeater Core
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (6)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to install (4)

Best Uses

  • Everyday driving (7)
  • Replacement (7)
    • Car & Truck:
    • Mechanic (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual driver (5), Mechanic (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pain on the Home Install, but worth it!

This will not be rated low because it works just as well as a new heater core. As it should. Altough, replacing a 2002 Ford Taurus heater core was a little difficult at...Read complete review

This will not be rated low because it works just as well as a new heater core. As it should. Altough, replacing a 2002 Ford Taurus heater core was a little difficult at home. But we watched a video on it, and were good to go! (Had only done it once before to a different brand vehicle.) The dash pulling completely out was a trip to take on its' own! Once off, it fit like a glove, and had no problems with hook up or start up! Hopefully this product will last as long as the manufacturer's part!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Hope it'll last...

I bought this heater core to replace the one in my 1999 Ford Taurus which is badly clogged. While it works, it is slightly smaller than the OEM one and thus it doesn't fit...Read complete review

I bought this heater core to replace the one in my 1999 Ford Taurus which is badly clogged. While it works, it is slightly smaller than the OEM one and thus it doesn't fit tightly in the heater box. The built quality seems to be of lower quality too (thin metal, the tubes where the heater hoses connect to are bent very easily). It shows no problem yet after a week, and hopefully it'll out last the car.

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pain on the Home Install, but worth it!

By the_silver_angel_13

from Fort Smith, AR

About Me Casual Driver

Level 3

Pros

  • Improves Engine Efficiency
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Difficult To Install

Best Uses

  • Everyday Driving
  • Replacement

Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

This will not be rated low because it works just as well as a new heater core. As it should. Altough, replacing a 2002 Ford Taurus heater core was a little difficult at home. But we watched a video on it, and were good to go! (Had only done it once before to a different brand vehicle.) The dash pulling completely out was a trip to take on its' own! Once off, it fit like a glove, and had no problems with hook up or start up! Hopefully this product will last as long as the manufacturer's part!

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ugly Heater Core

By Cannon

from Newark Delaware

About Me Casual Driver

Verified Buyer
Level 2

Pros

  • Easy To Install

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Driving

    Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

    easy to install. only in the car for a couple of weeks but the heat is excellent so far. Hope not to have a problem for years to come.

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    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Taurus heater core

    By Dan

    from Buffalo, MN

    About Me Mechanic

    Verified Buyer
    Helpful Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install

    Cons

    • No problems

    Best Uses

    • Replacement

    Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

    This was one of the easier heater core installs I have performed. It took under 2 hours start to finish. Clamp off the rubber hoses from the heater tube assembly to engine and remove the two hoses from the firewall side and then remove 7 bolts on the top and sides of the dashboard, as well as the glovebox door. Contrary to what is shown on YouTube about cutting out a medal tab, the dashboard can be pulled back far enough to pull the heater core out of the heater box.

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    (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works like it should

    By Troy T

    from Pompeii, MI

    About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver, Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer
    Helpful Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Install

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Driving

      Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

      Works just like it should. We've got hot air!!

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      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      wow turn the heat off

      By dave

      from R.I.

      About Me Paid Someone 150 4instal

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer
      Level 1

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Install

        Best Uses

          Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

          not cold anymore.

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          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          For second auto Haven't installed yet

          By Kip

          from Lake Ariel, PA

          About Me Mechanic

          Verified Buyer
          3 or more reviews submitted

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Replacement

              Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

              I haven,t had time to install this item. I,m in the middle of settling my late Dad,s estate. May be awhile before I,ll have time to tackle this project. Will let you know when I get it replaced

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              (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              fit description. only partial foam seal.

              By dd

              from brunswick, ohio

              About Me Casual Driver

              Verified Buyer
              Helpful Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • No Improvement In Performance

              Best Uses

              • Everyday Driving

              Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

              Works ok.

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              (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Heat is a wonderful thing in the winter.

              By Smity

              from Crofton, md

              Verified Buyer
              Helpful Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult To Install

                Best Uses

                  Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

                  My wife was happy to finally have her heat back.

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                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Hope it'll last...

                  By Stanav

                  from Smithfield, RI

                  About Me Auto Enthusiast

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer
                  3 or more reviews submitted

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install

                  Cons

                  • Lower quality than OEM
                  • Slightly smaller than OEM

                  Best Uses

                  • Replacement

                  Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

                  I bought this heater core to replace the one in my 1999 Ford Taurus which is badly clogged. While it works, it is slightly smaller than the OEM one and thus it doesn't fit tightly in the heater box. The built quality seems to be of lower quality too (thin metal, the tubes where the heater hoses connect to are bent very easily). It shows no problem yet after a week, and hopefully it'll out last the car.

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                  (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great

                  By chuck

                  from louisville ky

                  About Me Casual Driver

                  Verified Buyer
                  Helpful Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday Driving

                    Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Aire Heater Core:

                    great

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                    4 Questions | 9 Answers
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                    • Q:

                      how do i get instructions for replacing this part
                      Asked on 11/29/2010 by al from saint louis mo

                      2 answers

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        For help with your project, I recommend getting a repair manual specifically for your vehicle. It should be able to help you with detailed instructions on how to do many things.

                        Answered on 11/30/2010 by Mike the Auto Parts Master from AAP
                      • VERIFIED BUYER

                        A:

                        I use a Haynes repair manual for my '98 Taurus but, in the case of this heater core replacement, many of the steps were not needed. Disconnect the battery as the airbags could otherwise go off. Drain the cooling system. Remove the lower air component cover-right side under dash-then the blend door actuator and heater core cover and gasket to see the core itself. In the engine compartment, back the two heater hose clamps off the core connects at the firewall. Pop off the 2 side trim covers on either side of the dash and remove the two heavy bolts under each. Remove the vent cover on top of the dash and the three bolts under it. Unhook the steering column under the dash. Put a little weight on the steering wheel to loosen the dash from its mountings (be careful not to pull too hard). Here's where you need a friend or a brace: lift the steering wheel just enough for the old heater core to be pulled out (have a plastic bag ready to catch fluid). Slide in the new core and reverse all steps.

                        Answered on 12/21/2010 by Footer from Arvada, CO
                    • Q:

                      Is it necessary to pull out the dash inside as well as go thru the firewall to replace? What other products must be purchased to replace this core.
                      Asked on 10/21/2010 by Anonymous from Stanfield,NC

                      3 answers

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Yes on some vehicles you do have to pull out the dashboard. For step by step instructions i recommend that you go to your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and purchase a repair manual.

                        Answered on 10/21/2010 by Kevin the King of Auto Parts. from AAP
                      • A:

                        where is the core located

                        Answered on 11/4/2010 by ken from louisville
                      • A:

                        Hi everybody,

                        watch the video, you don't have to remove the whole dash,
                        just remove the bolts on the side access panels and then
                        the 8 screws from the top vents, gently lift up and out about
                        4" and you're good to go. the video shows the easy way.

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsZoFoiJsdw

                        Answered on 11/11/2010 by james27613 from Raleigh, NC RTP
                    • Q:

                      I have a 1999 merc sable. When i use my air (and sometimes even without air)and come to a stop light my temp gauge goes up to hot side. I have to shut air down and put engine in neutral and rev engine to make temp go down. I had my radiator flushed not long ago. I was told my heater core could be restrected from a good water flo. Please let me know if that sounds wright. I just changed my thermostate a few days ago.
                      Asked on 8/1/2010 by birdman from hammond. IN

                      2 answers

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        A bad heater core could cause that.

                        Answered on 8/2/2010 by Mike from AAP
                      • A:

                        i was having trouble with my 98 taurus and i replaced the thermostat, the water pump and the belt tensioner because thats what i thought was wrong with it, but it turned out to be just the coolant reservoir cap was bad. i replaced it and have had no trouble out of it yet

                        Answered on 10/3/2011 by earl from Bainbridge, Ga
                    • Q:

                      how long coes it take to replace
                      Asked on 12/27/2009 by Anonymous

                      2 answers

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Depends on the vehicle and the person doing it. Could take a couple of hours or it could take a day or two. A skilled mechanic should be able to replace one in a few hours.

                        Answered on 12/28/2009 by Mike from Advance Auto Parts
                      • VERIFIED BUYER

                        A:

                        Its not a repair for a Back yard mechanic.
                        chiltons/ mitchell time is approx 5-7 hours.

                        Answered on 7/28/2010 by Travis P from Ligonier Pa
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