Dakota, 2001-2005

Removal & Installation

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  1. Disconnect the battery negative cable.
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  3. Remove the instrument panel from the vehicle.
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  5. If equipped with air conditioning, recover the refrigerant.
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  7. Disconnect the liquid line refrigerant line fitting from the evaporator inlet tube.
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  9. Disconnect the accumulator inlet tube.
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  11. Drain the cooling system.
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  13. Disconnect the heater hoses from the heater core tubes.
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  15. Remove the four nuts from the heater-A/C mounting studs on the engine compartment side of the dash panel.
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  17. Remove the nut(s) that secure(s) the heater-A/C housing mounting brace to the stud(s) on the passenger compartment side of the dash board.
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  19. Pull the housing rearward far enough for the mounting studs and evaporator condensate drain tube to clear the dash panel holes.
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  21. Remove the housing from the vehicle.
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  23. Lift the heater core out of the housing.
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  25. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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    Fig. Heater core removal/installation

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