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Been a long time since I did one of these,can't remember specifics.GM truck dashes can be a bit of a pain,but not impossible to do it yourself.Don't remember any actuators that required entire dash removal,but usually passenger airbag,glove box,radio,etc may need to be removed to access anything at top of HVAC unit.
is engine warm enough? is your blower motor working? if yes, your cabin heater is clogged(with debris or air pocket). you may need to remove it by removing dash first and you will need to try to clean it with high pressure water or you need to install a new one. removing dash is really a though job.
before removing anything be sure that there is no air pocket in system. raise infront of car and let it dile. try to bleed bubbles from system while trying to heat cabin in high temp. try to sqeeze hoses coming and going to radiator too.
that is a link to a pdf, which, on Page 3 gives a basic text description of what you need to remove in order to get the dash trim off and gain access to the radio. If that link does not work, here's the link the page from which you can download the above mentioned file also...
It's really not that difficult to access and remove your car stereo. If you do plan on pulling / making new connections it's important to disconnect power to the vehicle first. This can be done by pulling the negative (black) terminal from the battery. A quick google query on your vehicle actually came across some very good pictures of the process LINK . While the work done on that site is not specifically addressed to your need, it should be useful for what to expect and how things will look. It looks like there are two screws located near the base of the trim that need to be removed first. Next, you need to carefully pry the trim piece back as it is held on by some retainer clips. It is important not to be too forceful as the trim, the clips, or even worse things could get damaged. Try to find a small spatcula or plastic scrapping tool to help guide the trim away from the dash. Once you get the trim off the radio looks to be held in place by four black #2 phillips head screws. Take those screws out and gently pull back the radio head just far enough to access the wires in the back. The wires will plug into the back of the radio with a plastic harness. Again use care in trying to remove the wires so as not to cause any damage. Do not pull on the wires themselves but rather the plastic harness. There should also be one small jack that is for the antenna connection. Remove this also. Then there you have it! Your radio should be out allowing you full access to it. As for the iPod accessory, that may be another story on installation. Good Luck!
there is a lip around the instrament panel put your finger nails in there and pull out .. dont go crazy just pull back .. if you have tilt wheel drop it and also if shifter is on column turn key on and drop shifter to low gear.. instal emergency brake.. now the dash is ready to pop all the way around and can be lifted upward out of the way.. holler if you need more.. Jerry
Just an idea .. In the past I have removed hungry decks from my cars. A lot easier to work on / dismantle than in dash. gently remove the casing and you should find the tape deck a separate component within the whole unit.Hook up via alligater clips to battery to power up and alligater clips to a speaker lead to hear. saves a lot of stress. Usually done for chewwed up and swallowed tape. results are good, surprisingly.