Q: heater core

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I have successfully removed the heater core!!! It is a copper/brass core. My next question is do I need to replace it with the same type of metal or can I opt for the aluminum? Trying to understand the issues behind this. Would it just be easier for me to get it recored? Also, I'm assuming I should go ahead and replace the heater hoses just in case. Please help!!

My car has 112000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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