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I can not get the heater core housing out from under the dash 1998 Subaru Forester

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  • clend9 Sep 25, 2009

    I have removed the steering wheel bracket and disassembled the console. I have removed the three bolts but I can not get the housing to move enough to get it over the the two bolts that are fixed to the fire wall

  • clend9 Sep 25, 2009

    The heater core hoses are disconnected, there does not seeme to be anything in the way and I have pulled on it and can not get it off of the two top bolts and I do not want to break anything

  • clend9 Sep 25, 2009

    It is a 1998 Subaru Forester with a 2.5 L engine I will check again to see if there is a bolt form the engine compartment

  • clend9 Sep 25, 2009

    yes it is free from the firewall but it will not move enought for me to get it off of the bolts. I understand that I have to pull it directly towards the cabin of the car where the console was. Is that right

  • clend9 Sep 25, 2009

    No fax can you send it e mail?

  • clend9 Sep 25, 2009
  • clend9 Sep 25, 2009

    There is a metal bar that runs across in front of the passengers seat to the console are that seems to be holding back the assembly from coming out. In the console area it has two pieces of metal welded to it that form rigid ribs for the console and attach to the air bag control at the bottom. The screws for the air bag mechanism require a special tool to remove them. Should I take this metal bar out?

  • clend9 Sep 25, 2009

    Yes the guru was very helpful

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What seems to be the trouble? they are fairly easy?

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  • michael schultz
    michael schultz Sep 25, 2009

    the job usally takes me 3.5 hours. did you remove the instrument panel and steering wheel support beam? once their out of the way there is three bolts holding the heater case to firewall. remove them and swap heater core and install in the reverse steps. let me know if you need more help?

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    michael schultz Sep 25, 2009

    you took the heater core hoses of the inlet and outlet pipe on the egine bay side correct? is all the anti freeze drainded? is there something it the way? it could just be stuck and need a little pry at it? thats if everything is out of the way and everything is disconnected.

    please verify the info.

  • michael schultz
    michael schultz Sep 25, 2009

    okay don't pull no more than that. llok from the engine bay side of the fire wall to make sure they don't have a bolt coming from that way. can you also verifiy the make model and car with engine size. just to make sure we are talking about the same exact car,



  • michael schultz
    michael schultz Sep 25, 2009

    well we are talking about the same car and i double check the diagram and there is no other bolts other than the three you already got off. how far will it move/ is it lose on the firewall and just won't pull away? because that box is suppose to come straight back so the heater tube come out of the fire wall and if you try to go in any other direction it won't work.

  • michael schultz
    michael schultz Sep 25, 2009

    correct. there nothing else bud. do you have a fax? i can fax you a diagram so you can see it as a break down. this thing should come right out.

  • michael schultz
    michael schultz Sep 25, 2009

    i see if i can send via email. whats you email?

  • michael schultz
    michael schultz Sep 25, 2009

    i just sent one see if you can open it it is on ms word. it went to your email

  • michael schultz
    michael schultz Sep 25, 2009

    if you have anymore question please ask but now you have the diagrams you should be good it sounds!

    good luck


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