Well, as numerous of you know last winter the heater core in my ram took a crap.. No wanting to invest a little fortune at a shop, no one wanting to traction the dash out of my truck I placed up v the cold for the remainder of the winter, and also a couple of winter trips this winter. Now that ns am married, ns sometimes pick to execute what I"m inquiry (told) to do and after the critical snow trip i to be asked countless times to replace the heater core, so.. I did. I got started around 930am and also by 1030am the dash to be pretty much lose and also ready to come out. Simply start through removing every the obvious stuff, irradiate switch, gloves box, etc.. If her dash is as rotten together mine, i m sorry it most likely is girlfriend will many likely need to buy a instead of top, or if girlfriend are prefer me simply put together much ago in as you can and also cover it with a dash mat. The airbag comes out super easy, yet make sure you disconnect the battery first. After the glove box is out there is a tiny trim panel v two screws that will certainly come out revealing numerous screws and also three 10mm bolts. Remove all of that, and also look underneath whereby the glove box was and there will certainly be two more 10mm bolts. Then very closely slide the airbag out, and disconnect the one plug and also your golden. The just other "big" items you require to move is the steering column. Once all the plastic pieces space off, there will certainly be two nuts hold the shaft up, just take those off and also make sure you"re hanging onto the wheel. Allow it under gently and also it"ll be fine just chillin there. Over there is one big bolt on every side the the dash, underneath. Start with removing the plastic floor trim pieces follow me the absent panel, then remove the piece that walk up underneath the dash. You"ll watch a 13mm bolt with a steel bracket hooked roughly it, simply loosen the bolt a bit on every side and also the dash will slide increase from the bolt. The key trick through this task is just go slow, and don"t force it. That will virtually fall off the fire wall surface once you have actually removed all the bolts/screws.
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As you can see here, Lucy tried providing me a helping hand, however we both soon realized that Lucy does no have any type of hands..
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At this point, ns was really thinking it"d be super basic with an additional person to just take the dash clear the end of the truck, but I didn"t have one more person v me so i phoned a Bob and also he to be there within seconds. Currently with two world trying to eliminate it we realized the there are far to plenty of wires attached come the backside to make it worth removing, so us tied it up to the grab handle and also did it the way. \This, is the heatercore, the bronze looking point with the pipe going into the firewall.
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Before ns realized exactly how to perform it the best way, I cut the pips turn off the old core with a hacksaw to obtain it out, yet I tho couldn"t acquire the pipes the end of the firewall.
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After doing some research, as displayed here..
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We realized the there are 4 studs top top the engine bay side of the firewall through nuts that must be removed. One is behind the engine, one is behind the PCM that deserve to be gotten rid of with 3 screws, and the other two space in line behind the A/C lines. Over there are also two studs top top the inside of the firewall, one is appropriate by the A pillar and also faces towards the floor, the other has actually a floor strap attached come it ideal by the heater core through two nuts... Execute NOT forget to placed the floor strap earlier on. After the nuts are off, the two A/C lines the go with the firewall will need to be disconnected, make certain you drainpipe the freon first. Climate you will be able to pull/push the black color box inside away native the firewall and lift the old core out, and also put the brand-new one in. Indigenous that allude just put it all earlier the means you discovered it.
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If girlfriend don"t have a good size handfull that screws left over, friend did the wrong lol below is what my top dash looked prefer after i tried removed it...


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It shattered favor glass.
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Old core
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New core
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Should have the ability to keep warm now
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Thankyou again Bob for your help!