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How do i take the top part of the dash off a 1996 vw jetta to get to the heater core? I took everything off already but i heard it has some kind of clips holding the front part which is closest to the front winshield! What am i doing wrong or am i missing something?

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Generally you want to take the front, center part of the dash off to get at the heater core. Take out the stereo and top vents (one unit), the plastic around the gear selector, and the plastic around the ash tray. There are bolts in strange places (like behind vents), so take your time. With enough of that out of the way, you should be able to unbolt the heater core box.

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There is a small 10 mm bolt that you have to undue it is in the engine compartment i belive on that model just behind the wiper motor. have you gottne all the bolts off from the sides of the dash?

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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