Pacifica, 2003-2005

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Disable the airbag system, by disconnecting the negative battery cable. Tape the end of the cable to avoid it grounding and wait 2 minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before performing any service.
    NOTE
    If the vehicle is adjustable pedals, these must be removed prior to heater core removal.

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  5. Drain the cooling system.
    WARNING
    Do not use pliers to open the plastic drain.

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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable if not already done to disable the air bag system
     
    Silencer boot fasteners located around the base of the lower steering shaft from the dash panel so it can be moved aside
     
    Brake lamp switch from the bracket
     
    Power brake booster push rod from the pin on the brake pedal arm
     

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  9. Place plastic below the heater core inside the vehicle to protect against spills.
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  11. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Screw that secures the heater core to tube sealing plate to the supply and return ports
     
    Heater core tubes by pushing simultaneously towards the dash panel and disengaging the fittings and cap the tube fittings and heater core ports
     
    Two screws that retain the heater core mounting plate to the distribution housing
     

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  13. Push the brake pedal downward and at the same time pull the accelerator pedal up to create enough clearance to remove the heater core.

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    Fig. Heater core mounting and related components

    Heater core mounting and related components
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To install:

  1. Push the brake pedal downward and at the same time pull the accelerator pedal up to create enough clearance to install the heater core.

    Two screws that retain the heater core mounting plate to the distribution housing and tighten to 17 inch lbs. (2 Nm)
     

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  3. Remove the plugs from the heater core tubes and if using the same heater core the core as well. Position the heater core tubes and sealer plate as a unit beneath the instrument panel.
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  5. Position both heater core tubes and the sealing plate at the same time to the heater core supply and return ports.
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  7. The tubes have a slot that must be indexed to a location tab within each of the core ports. Adjust the tube position so that the sealing plate fits flush against the supply and return ports which will ensure the tubes are correctly indexed.
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  9. Install or connect the following:

    Screw that retains the heater core tube sealing plate to the supply and return ports and tighten to 27 inch lbs. (3 Nm)
     
    Silencer under the driver side end if the instrument panel
     
    Heater hoses to the tubes
     
    Power brake booster push rod to the pin on the brake pedal arm
     
    Brake lamp switch
     
    Silencer boot and secure the
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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  11. Fill the cooling system and operate for two thermostat cycles to assure elimination of air in the cooling system.
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