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Old 12-28-2009, 03:33 PM
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hi guys, im new to this forum and am needing some assistance on my '08 ram 1500. the heater flap in the dash that changes defrost to floor heat broke the other day. the guy at the dealership said this is common problem since 2006,

...so does anyone have some diagrams or some how-to as to how to pull the dash apart? he said the whole thing can pretty much come in one piece after dropping the steering collumn down...

ive never pulled the dash apart on anything newer than an '89 so pretty much anything will help to expose the main bolts to pull the dash. thanks guys!
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WARNING: Disable the airbag system before attempting any steering wheel, steering column or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery (ground) cable. Wait two minutes for the airbag system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the airbag system. Failure to follow these instructions may result in possible serious or fatal injury.


NOTE: The heating-A/C system is equipped with two mode door actuators, one for the panel/floor-air door and one for the defrost-air door.


PANEL/FLOOR DOOR ACTUATOR


<A name=CHRg5e930a44be2482289161db65e55488e xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 1.Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.2.Remove the instrument panel from the vehicle.3.Remove the screws (1) that secure the panel/floor door actuator (2) to the back of the HVAC housing (3).4.Remove the panel/floor door actuator from the HVAC housing and disconnect the HVAC wire harness connector (4) from the actuator.5.Remove the panel/floor door actuator from the vehicle.



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<A name=CHRb1b0ee56d2a94093a5934d381cf2ea2e xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 1.Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.2.Remove the instrument panel from the vehicle (Refer to 23 - Body/Instrument Panel/PANEL, Instrument - Removal) .3.Remove the screws (1) that secure the defrost door actuator (2) to the back of the HVAC housing (3).4.Remove the defrost door actuator from the HVAC housing and disconnect the HVAC wire harness connector (4) from the actuator.5.Remove the defrost door actuator from the vehicle.
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WARNING: On vehicles equipped with airbags, disable the airbag system before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, seat belt tensioner, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable, then wait two minutes for the airbag system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the airbag system. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in accidental airbag deployment and personal or fatal injury .

<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 1.Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.2.Remove the front seat assembly.3.Remove the left A-pillar trim.4.Disconnect the headliner wire harness connector located at the A-pillar.


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 5.Remove the instrument panel top cover.


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 6.Remove the left cowl trim panel.


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 7.Remove the steering column.


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 8.Remove the two bolts (1) that secure the steering column support bracket to the instrument panel.


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 9.Remove the park brake release handle actuator rod.


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 10.Disconnect the instrument panel wire harness connector (2) located above the brake pedal from the bulkhead wire harness connector (1).


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 11.Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, from the notch on the bottom, remove the left instrument panel side cover.


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 12.Remove the three bolts (1) that secure the left side of the instrument panel to the dash panel.


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 13.Remove the floor console, if equipped.14.Remove the air bag control module cover, if equipped.15.Disconnect the air bag control module electrical connector.
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16.Remove the two bolts (1) that secure the instrument panel to the center of the floor panel.


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 17.Remove the right cowl trim cover.18.Disconnect the two instrument panel wire harness connectors from the two body wire harness connectors (1) located on the right side of the cowl panel (2).


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 19.Disconnect the antenna coaxial cable connector (1) from the radio coaxial cable connector (2) located on the right side of the cowl panel.


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 20.Remove the one bolt (2) that secures the instrument panel (3) to the HVAC housing (1) below the glove box opening (4).


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 21.Remove the right A-pillar trim.


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 22.Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, from the notch on the bottom, remove the right instrument panel side cover (1) from the instrument panel.


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 23.Remove the three bolts (1) that secure the right side instrument panel bracket to the dash panel.


<A xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> 24.Remove the four screws (2) that secure the instrument panel (5) to the top of the cowl panel (1).25.Remove the two bolts (4) that secure the instrument panel to the top of the cowl panel.26.Pull back the driver's side carpet as necessary to pull the air bag module harness out from under the carpet.27.With the help of an assistant, lift the instrument panel up and off of the cowl panel and remove the instrument panel from the vehicle.28.If required, remove the four plastic screws inserts (3) from the top of the cowl panel.

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Can't ask for any more advice then that . Nice Randy .
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google heatertreater. they have video and replacement parts and the guys there actually get back to you when you have questions.

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good god I did not realize it takes all that just for the dash. I miss the older models.
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google heatertreater. they have video and replacement parts and the guys there actually get back to you when you have questions.
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alright, i got the dash pulled but do i need to pull the whole box on the heater assembly? dodge ordered the part that they said was broke and its the whole bottom of the assembly. is it just the motor and door on the far left and i dont have to pull everything out? wats the deal?
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