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Can't find heater core 97' F150 XLT

I need some one to tell me exactly where and how to find the heater core in my truck. I have tried to remove the dash but I still can't find the core. Please help!!!! Thank You

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    Yeah I had to change mine I still dont have the dash in all the way. It was terrible. Some bolts you take out go into the frame of the truck with a quarter inch or so of tread still left to take out...You can guess those didnt get put back in.


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I did the heater core on mine a couple years back. Yes, you will need to remove the dashboard. The heater core is on the passenger side behind the glove box. It is not exposed, it is inside a black box type housing.

Good luck with it.

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Behind glove box on passenger side.

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