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chestnut 01-02-2011 06:43 PM

remove dash board
Need to fix my air conditioning. How hard is it to pull out the dash to get at the heater core and evaporator. Has anyone done this ???????

Toms Blue Ram 1500 01-02-2011 07:15 PM

I've done it several times . The best thing I can tell ya : disconnect the battery and start disassembling piece by piece . I have always found it best to drop the tailgate and as you pull of items , sit the item and hardware together in the bed of the truck . Makes it so much easier and out of the way .

chestnut 01-02-2011 07:24 PM

Are there any tricks or special tools that you might need?? I gotten some prices to do this and they want between $800 and $1000.

Toms Blue Ram 1500 01-02-2011 07:41 PM

No special tools needed . Just take your time and don't force anything . You may find it a little easier to use a battery screwdriver . Lot of screws .

johnny0874 01-06-2011 11:40 PM

I believe a good process is the remove all the accessories and trim panels and the glove box first... then lower the steering column (battery should be disconnected or you risk triggering the air bag) and then unbolt it from the firewall. The dash top looks like it's a separate piece (it is, but...) however it is bolted to the lower portion from the inside; so don't try and pull it off. Once it's loose, ease it back so you can disconnect all the wiring and such and the heater core should be ready to be accessed.

I helped a guy replace his dash a couple years ago, and he didn't know about the screws that hold the lip down and he shattered it... made the rest of the removal easy, but he had to fork out for a new dash cap.

Best of luck.

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