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#1 twcbob

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Posted 08 January 2005 - 11:16 PM

I just removed the dash from my 96 Legacy and I am not sure about the next steps to replace the heater core.

Does the steel bar running across the car have to come out next? Then, do you have to loosen or remove the blower fan and AC condensor to get at the heater core or can you access it directly?

I bought volumes 1 and 2 of the service manual for a 95 Legacy (two big honking binders) on the web for $30 and that was a huge help in getting the dash out, but it does not detail the heater core replacement. Perhaps there is a volume 3...

Thanks much for any help

Bob

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Posted 09 January 2005 - 12:39 AM

I just removed the dash from my 96 Legacy and I am not sure about the next steps to replace the heater core.

Does the steel bar running across the car have to come out next? Then, do you have to loosen or remove the blower fan and AC condensor to get at the heater core or can you access it directly?

I bought volumes 1 and 2 of the service manual for a 95 Legacy (two big honking binders) on the web for $30 and that was a huge help in getting the dash out, but it does not detail the heater core replacement. Perhaps there is a volume 3...

Thanks much for any help

Bob

Yes the bar has to come out. Yes you have to remove the blower and condenser. a Haynes manual (#80100) will detail the steps for this. the text says:
1 disconnect the battery cable
2 drain cooling system
3 disconnect both inlet and outlet hoses from heater pipes at firewall
4 disconnect temprature control cable from the heater unit (has an illustration)
5 refer to chapter 5 and remove the center console and instrument panel from vehicle. Also remove the support beam from behind the instrument panel.
6 detach the heater duct between the heater unit and blower assy
7 remove A/C evaporator (if equipped)
8 remove bolts and lift heater unit from vehicle (Illustration and note to keep towels under you to protect the carpet)
9 remove the screws retaining the clamps over the core pipes on the core housing

10 Buy the Haynes manual for $15 as it can be a good friend when you need it :grin:




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