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How do you replace the heater core in a 1997 Ford F150 4x4 pickup truck?

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2009-11-10 01:42:04
2009-11-10 01:42:04
Heater Core

You need to get a manual on your car to do the job right.

However, here is some advice:

  • Just completed replacing heater core on 97 f-150 2wd unless you got a full day open do not attempt this.strongly recommend leaving this to the professionals.involves removal of entire dash and about 150 screws.any store bought manual does not do this task any justice.
  • I just replaced my heater core on my 1998 F-150 2wd, and it took my dad and I 12 1/2 hours to do the job. Prepare yourself for a lot of time because it involves the removal of the complete dash assembly. I don't know what the Ford engineers were thinking when they designed that truck.

Just had mine replaced. Ford tech told me you only remove about 15 bolts and screws total then loosen the steering column and let it hang down. Then the entire dash is simply moved back out of the way to expose the heater box. He had mine down in 3 hours. There is no manual to tell you how to do this job unless you get one from a ford technician. The Haynes manuals are a joke, don't waste your money buying one. The ford tech said he would show me which bolts to remove. I post that later. Labor cost for this was $700. Heater core was only $75. Antifreeze about another $20. You can do it if you take your time and don't get in a hurry.

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