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Remove Dash On 1988 Camaro IROC

I have a leak in my heater core and coolant running onto the passenger side floor. The Chilton manual I have does not have enough detail to guide me. I have started removing the dash and hit a wall. I have removed the pad, speakers, all bolts (I think), intrument cluster, and console. The dash appears to move freely but I cannot remove it. Do I need to drop the steering column, remove wiring harness, etc.? Any help on what the last steps are would be greatly appreciated.
By the way, it didn't appear that I could access the core from under the hood, so I assumed my only option was remove the dash.
Thanks in advance for any help.

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You do not have to remove any part of the dash at all! All you have to do is use a socket wrench from the front of the box with an extension over the top of the box. There is even a dip in the box at this point that may have been designed to make it more accessable. I have a 1988 Camaro and removed this impossible to reach 5th bolt by using a 9/32 socket and an extension or two to get the right lengths and a universal joint for easy manouvering. My son helped by holding the socket on the bolt while I did the unscrewing. It helps to have a good variety of socket wrench extensions and a universal joint and a skinny arm to get behind the box. The fifth bolt is about 3" in from the upper right bolt. Same size bolt as the other 4.

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I have the speaker taken out and the bolts undernieth removed and the heater core is visible but it seems to be placed right behind my stereo/A/C.... and is impossible to get at... do you think i should just take everything out?.... stereo, steering column and all?....

this is going to ****......

Posted on Jul 13, 2009


On my 88 I did not have to remove the dash!! You can access all bolts from floor board on passenger side to get the box of the heater core. The only problem is the one bolt at the top of the box. you could either remove the speaker and get to it that way, or you just have to reach up under and around the box to feel for the bolt. Luckily, mine was already removed. hope this helps

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