Subaru Forester 1998-05

Removal & Installation

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1998-2002 Models



  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Set the temperature control switch to the -FULL HOT- position and mode selector switch to the -DEF- position and recirc switch to the -FRESH- position.
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  5. Disconnect the temperature control cable and mode door control cable from the heater unit. Then disconnect the recirc control cable from the intake unit.
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  7. Remove the console box.
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  9. Remove the center trim panel and disconnect the electrical connector.
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  11. Remove the radio.
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  13. Remove the control panel assembly from the center console.
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  15. Installation is the reverse order of removal.
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  17. Before installing the control panel unit, set the temperature control switch to -FULL HOT-, mode selector switch to -DEF- position and recirc switch to -FRESH- position.

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    Fig. The control cables must be disconnected before the control panel is removed-1998-2002 models

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2003-05 Models



  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. If equipped with manual A/C, remove the mode cable and air-mix cable from the links of the heater unit.
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  5. Remove the trim cover over the transmission shifter.
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  7. Remove the center console panel.
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  9. Loosen the screws on the rear side of the center console panel, then remove the control unit.
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  11. Installation is the reverse order of removal.
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