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How to remove a heator core from a 2001 dodge caravan? do you have to take the dash out? or just the bottom pannel.

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The 2001 Dodge caravan has 2 heater cores - front (the main one), and the rear. Removal of the
rear heater core is a whole different procedure than the front.

Front Heater Core - Removal and Installation

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Align the wheels in the straight-ahead position.
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    CAUTION Before working around the steering wheel or the instrument panel all 2 minutes to pass to allow the air bag module to discharge.
  4. Drain the cooling system into a clean container for reuse.
  5. Remove the steering column, by removing or disconnect the following:

    Lower left side steering column cover Parking brake release cable from the parking brake lever 10 steering column cover liner-to-instrument panel bolts and the cover liner
  6. Rotate the key to the LOCK position; then, rotate the steering wheel to the LOCKED position.

    Gear selector cable and its mounting bracket as an assembly from the upper steering column mounting bracket 2 instrument cluster trim bezel-to-instrument panel screws, retaining clips and bezel 2 steering column shroud-to-steering column screws and the shroud Steering column-to-intermediate steering shaft coupler
  7. Loosen but do not remove the 2 lower steering column mounting bracket nuts/washers.

    2 upper steering column mounting bracket nuts/washers Steering column assembly from the vehicle
  8. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Instrument panel-to-chassis harness interconnect and bracket Lower silencer boot, at the base of the steering shaft
  9. Working in the engine compartment, pinch off the heater hoses.

    Heater core cover. Position some towels under the heater core hoses. Heater core plate and the hoses
  10. Depress the heater core retaining clips.
  11. Lift the accelerator pedal and slide the heater core past it.
  12. Depress the brake pedal and remove the heater core from the heater/air conditioning housing assembly.

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    Fig. View of the front heater core assembly


To install:
  1. Depress the brake pedal and install the heater core into the heater/air conditioning housing assembly.
  2. Lift the accelerator pedal and slide the heater core past it.
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Heater hoses (using new O-rings) and the heater core plate Heater core cover Heater hoses clamps, working in the engine compartment Lower silencer boot at the base of the steering shaft Instrument panel-to-chassis harness interconnect and bracket
  4. Install the steering column assembly by installing or connect the following:

    Steering column assembly, carefully into the vehicle. 2 upper and 2 lower steering column mounting bracket nuts/washers. Torque the nuts to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm). Steering column-to-intermediate steering shaft coupler and tighten the pinch bolt to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm) 2 steering column shroud and the shroud-to-steering column screws Bezel, the retaining clips and the 2 instrument cluster trim bezel-to-instrument panel screws Gear selector cable and its mounting bracket as an assembly to the upper steering column mounting bracket 10 steering column cover liner and the cover liner-to-instrument panel bolts Parking brake release cable to the parking brake lever Lower left side steering column cover. Lower left side steering column cover
  5. Refill the cooling system.
  6. Connect the negative battery cable.
  7. Run the engine to normal operating temperatures; then, check the climate control operation and check for leaks.

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