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Trying to take dash off to get to heater core & can't get dash off because its caught in the center

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  • sherryshewey Sep 20, 2009

    you have the dash pad & the inter pastic dash i can't remove because its stuck or hook on something

  • sherryshewey Sep 20, 2009

    I have done everything the last expert said to do, all screws have been removed, but the panel is stuck in the middle it will not pull loose.

  • sherryshewey Sep 20, 2009

    what bar under dash cause all that is left is steering colum

  • sherryshewey Sep 20, 2009

    are the bars located on the drivers side or pasenger side

  • sherryshewey Sep 20, 2009

    I cant seem to locate the support bars, could you please be more percise at where to locate them

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  • Master
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Hmm, ok.

Rather than try and figure out where you are at it may just be easier to send you the removal instructions.........if you are following these already.......I don't know...

  • Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
  • Remove the trim from the right and left A-pillars. Refer to A-Pillar Trim in the Removal and Installation section of Group 23 - Body for the procedures.
  • Remove the top cover from the instrument panel. Refer to Instrument Panel Top Cover in the Removal and Installation section of this group for the procedures.
  • Remove the four nuts that secure the instrument panel to the studs on the dash panel near the windshield fence lineRemove the scuff plates from the right and left front door sills. Refer to Front Door Scuff Plate in the Removal and Installation section of Group 23 - Body for the procedures.
  • Remove the trim panels from the right and left inner cowl sides. Refer to Front Door Scuff Plate in the Removal and Installation section of Group 23 - Body for the procedures.
  • Remove the console from the floor panel transmission tunnel. Refer to Floor Console in the Removal and Installation section of Group 23 - Body for the procedures.
  • Remove the fuse cover from the junction block. Refer to Instrument Panel Fuse Cover in the Removal and Installation section of this group for the procedures.
  • Remove the cluster bezel from the instrument panel. Refer to Cluster Bezel in the Removal and Installation section of this group for the procedures.
  • Remove the steering column opening cover from the instrument panel. Refer to Steering Column Opening Cover in the Removal and Installation section of this group for the procedures.
  • Remove the steering column bracket from the instrument panel steering column support bracket. Refer to Instrument Panel Steering Column Bracket in the Removal and Installation section of this group for the procedures.
  • Remove the screw that secures the lower tilting steering column shroud to the steering column multifunction switch mounting housing Unsnap the two halves of the tilting steering column shroud from each other and remove both halves from the steering column.
  • Disconnect the instrument panel wire harness connectors from the following steering column components :
    • the two lower clockspring connector receptacles
    • the left multifunction switch receptacle
    • the right multifunction switch receptacle
    • the two ignition switch receptacles
    • the shifter interlock solenoid receptacle
    • if the vehicle is so equipped, the Sentry Key Immobilizer Module (SKIM) receptacle
  • Turn the ignition switch to the On position, then release and remove the shifter interlock cable connector from the ignition lock housing receptacle.
  • Turn the ignition switch back to the Lock position to prevent steering wheel rotation and the loss of clockspring centering following steering column removal.
  • Remove the bolt that secures the coupler to the lower steering column shaft Remove the four nuts that secure the steering column to the studs on the instrument panel steering column support bracket.
  • Remove the steering column from the instrument panel. Be certain that the steering wheel is locked and secured from rotation to prevent the loss of clockspring centering.
  • Disconnect the left and right body wire harness bulkhead connectors, the Ignition Off Draw (IOD) wire harness connector and the fused B(+) wire harness connector from the connector receptacles of the junction block
  • Disconnect the instrument panel wire harness connectors from the following floor panel transmission tunnel components :
    • the airbag control module connector receptacle
    • the park brake switch terminal
    • the transmission shifter connector receptacle
  • Remove the two nuts that secure the instrument panel wire harness ground eyelets to the studs on the floor panel transmission tunnel in front of and behind the airbag control module.
  • Disengage the retainers that secure the instrument panel wire harness to the floor panel transmission tunnel.
  • Remove the instrument panel to center floor tunnel bracket from the instrument panel and the floor panel transmission tunnel. Refer to Instrument Panel to Center Floor Tunnel Bracket in the Removal and Installation section of this group for the procedures.
  • Remove the one screw that secures the driver side floor duct to the heater and air conditioner housing near the driver side of the floor panel transmission tunnel and remove the duct from the housing.
  • If the vehicle is equipped with the manual heating and air conditioning system, disconnect the vacuum harness connector located near the driver side of the floor panel transmission tunnel behind the driver side floor duct.
  • Remove the one screw that secures the instrument panel steering column support bracket to the driver side end of the heater and air conditioner housing Remove the one screw that secures the instrument panel steering column support bracket to the intermediate bracket on the driver side dash panelRemove the nut that secures the instrument panel steering column support bracket to the stud on the driver side cowl plenum panel
  • Remove the two screws that secure the instrument panel to the driver side cowl side inner panel
  • Remove the end cap from the instrument panel. Refer to Instrument Panel End Cap in the Removal and Installation section of this group for the procedures.
  • Remove the lower right center bezel from the instrument panel. Refer to Instrument Panel Lower Right Center Bezel in the Removal and Installation section of this group for the procedures.
  • Disconnect the instrument panel wire harness bulkhead connector from the lower cavity of the inline connector on the passenger side cowl side inner panel Disconnect the two halves of the radio antenna coaxial cable connector near the right cowl side inner panel under the end of the instrument panel.
  • Disconnect the two instrument panel wire harness connectors from the two heater and air conditioner housing connectors located near the blower motor on the passenger side end of the housing
  • Remove the two screws that secure the passenger side instrument panel structural duct to the heater and air conditioner housing Remove the two screws that secure the instrument panel to the passenger side cowl side inner panel With the aid of an assistant, lift the instrument panel assembly upward off of the studs on the dash panel near the windshield fence line and to disengage the molded plastic hook formations on the instrument panel structural duct from the guide holes at each cowl side inner panel.
  • Pull the instrument panel rearward from the dash panel and the cowl side inner panels and remove it through the driver side front door of the vehicle.

    I'm thinking the screw labelled #2 in this pic might be your problem.

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    1 - DASH PANEL 2 - SCREW 3 - INSTRUMENT PANEL STEERING COLUMN SUPPORT BRACKET 4 - INTERMEDIATE BRACKET


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    You must remove the support bars that are behind the dash ,they are bolted too the floor ,their is no quick fix other than an old adage in the motor trade and that is if its the way remove it.You are attempting a very difficult job because the heater matrix is fitted in first on the assembly line before the dash is mounted

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    Hi there,

    First of all you can remove all the water from your system by draining the radiator, it's best to do it this way so you can add new coolant, when water drained, follow the below steps to remove the heater core -

    1. Remove top of dash pad, You can do this by removing many screws located under the foward lip of the pad, also remove screws from the defroster vent holes.

    2. Remove the lower trim panel from the underside passenger side dash.

    3. Look under the dash on the passenger side and you will see the plastic box in which houses the heater core, remove all the screws that surround this box, there will be one screw on the top that will be very difficult to get at, this is why you have removed the top of the dash so you can get at it with two hands,if you need to see this screw get outside of the car and look down at the dash from the passenger side and then your going to have to depend on feeling with your hands.

    4. At this point you should have the plastic box off and now your looking directly at the heater core, the core is held in place by a steel clamp fastened with screws, remove these screws, and remove the clamp.

    5. Than you remove the heater core , get some plastic sheeting and lay it around the passenger foot well because there going to be some water in the core yet, pull it out gently, you might have to wiggle and gently pull, it should come out fairly easy.

    6. Once you have the old core out, it's time to install the new one, I can't tell you how important it is at this point to be very patient when installing the new core, you may have to slightly bend the new core tubes to get them through the firewall, you may end up taking it out a couple of times be Carefull !!!

    7. Once you have sucessfully got the core in place, install the core clamp, then re-assemble.

    Make sure that after you have installed everything and you fill your system with water, slide your heat temp control to full heat the check everything for leaks!

    For more information you can check the below link -

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/4791298/93ZJSecc24-Heating-and-Air-Conditioning

    Good Luck!!

    Thanks

    Posted on Sep 20, 2009

    • Mukesh Kumar Sep 20, 2009

      Well it must be some wire or any clamp ...........


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