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96 f-150 extended cab lariat heater core

How do i get to and replace the heater core? I can't find a leak on the inside, but when i cut the heat on it blows smoke and fogs up the windows. thanks, charles

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Open the glove box and bend the 2 tabs and fold the glove box door down, you will then see a plate with 6 to 8 screws, remove the plate, drain the cooling system, remove the heater hoses and pull the heater core out, reverse procedure to put back together

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