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Need to remove the heater core from a 1998 Dodge Dakota, 3.9 engine, 2-wheel drive.

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Lol...I hope you are ready for this....You need to remove the entire steering column...then the entire dashboard and everything has to come out...there a few bolts in the engine compartment and the rest are in the dash...it is a project not alot of people enjoy doing....

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