Question about 1997 Ford F150 Regular Cab
Disconnect the Ford's negative battery cable. Turn the truck's front wheels straight ahead and then lock the steering column. Remove the A-pillars' trim by removing the screw covers and then unscrewing the mounting fasteners.
Remove the center console if equipped by unfastening the nearby trim panels, prying off the shifter trim panel, disconnecting the shifter cable and unfastening the console. Remove the steering wheel, then unfasten and remove the steering column covers, starting with the lower cover.
Remove the instrument cluster. Unscrew and pry off the knee bolster with the aid of a flat-blade tool, then unscrew and remove the instrument cluster bezel in a similar way. Disconnect the electrical connectors, remove the cluster's mounting bolts and remove the cluster--you'll need to disconnect the gear position indicator on an automatic transmission.
Remove the glove box by opening the door, pressing on the sides of the compartment bin together, pulling the door down and removing the fasteners at the bottom. Remove the center brace cover, center bezel and upper finish panel by removing their fasteners or prying them off their clips.
Detach the end caps to the panel with a trim stick or flat-bladed tool, then detach the hood release by removing its screw. Pry off the scuff plates and kick panels from the door frame. Pry up the defrost grilles with the same flat tool.
Disconnect the steering column shaft. Disconnect the electrical connectors from the column's harness, detach the shift cable and transmission indicator cable if you have automatic transmission, remove the pinch bolt from the intermediate shaft coupler and separate the intermediate shaft from the steering shaft.
Disconnect all remaining electrical connectors to the panel and unbolt all fasteners for the panel around the top, left and right sides and the ends along with the brackets at the center. Lift and pull the panel away from the windshield with an assistant's help, disconnect all remaining connectors and carry the panel out the driver's door.
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Well, here's the instructions from the service manual. The labor guide says this can be done in 1.6 hours...I don't see how, unless the instructions are wrong about having to remove the instrument panel. My thoughts are that if you are only doing the blower motor, the blower assembly will come out without pulling the dash. You probably only have to do a partial disassembly and remove the glove box and the glove box lower support.
Removal and Installation
1. Disconnect battery ground cable. Remove Instrument panel. (See Instrument Panel Removal) Disconnect resistor connector. remove blower assembly duct. Disconnect motor connector. Remove blower assembly
2. Remove blower assembly screws and blower motor assembly. Remove clip and fan from assembly. Separate motor case and remove blower motor. To install, reverse removal procedure.
1. Disable air bag system. See AIRBAG RESTRAINT SYSTEM article in ACCESSORIES/SAFETY EQUIPMENT SECTION. Disconnect negative battery cable. Scribe mating marks on steering wheel and shaft for installation reference. Using Steering Wheel Remover (J-29752) remove steering wheel. Remove steering cowl.
2. Remove instrument panel grilles and plug, or driving pattern indicator panel (A/T Models). Disconnect electrical connections. Remove instrument panel hood, instrument cluster ezel and instrument cluster. Remove hood release handle. Remove knee protector.
3. Remove dash fuse/relay block and side trim. Remove engine control module box. Remove radio console and glove box lower reinforcement. Remove speaker covers and glove box. Remove heater control panel knobs and cover. Disconnect heater control cables, and remove heater control panel. Remove illumination control knob. Remove instrument panel.
1. Install instrument panel. Install and adjust heater control cables. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure. Ensure mating marks on steering wheel and shaft align. Apply grease to contact ring and tighten steering wheel nut to 26 ft.lbs. (35 N.m).
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