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Hi! , joined a while ago but this is my first post. I have a 2000 intrepid 2.7 but this question has to do with my brother's 2001 Intrepid 3.2 He has a hole in the heater return tube that runs under the exhaust manifold. I haven't seen it but he said he was looking at it tonight and found the hole in the pipe, it's rusted out and needs replacing and he isn't sure how to do so. I thought someone here might be able to point me to a "how to" or maybe even a video of the replacement being done.

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Drain the coolant, disconnect the surge tank to heater pipe line, and the heater core to heater pipe line, remove the drivers side engine mount, and the starter, and unbolt the heater pipe from the engine-transmission bolt. Remove the clamp from the short hose at the thermostat housing, and pull the pipe out. It will take some finageling to get it out from under the car, but its not hard to pull out. Much simpler than it sounds. It is a tight fit.


Sounds like a bad flex joint on your exhaust, pretty common for older cars. A new flex joint can be welded in to replace the old one.


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to get to the heater return tube...you need to 1st remove the upper intake plenum and then remove the fuel rail and lower intake...the heater return tube will be located on the otherside of the lower intake. My guess would be the gasket is probably leaking but i have also seen then rust through too.
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lol Dan's got better instructions....he got it before me........
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to get to the heater return tube...you need to 1st remove the upper intake plenum and then remove the fuel rail and lower intake...the heater return tube will be located on the otherside of the lower intake. My guess would be the gasket is probably leaking but i have also seen then rust through too.
Im pretty sure he's talking about the one on the drivers side, under the exhaust manifold.


Yeah, it was really common for them to rust out right where they turn to go straight up behind the head, is a "rust belt" thing...did a few of them.
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WOW! Two quick responses I'll pass the info along, a big "thank you" from my brother and I both. It sure is great to have knowledgeable Intrepid owners who are willing to help us hard luck newbies. LOL
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