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Heater core in the 98 was steaming up the windows and would barely get to 120 over the winter so I need to replace it. I had every intention of replacing it later this year before it got cold out but im going to Colorado for a week at the end of this month and its in the 30's at night with high's in the 50's so im gonna swap it out this week. Ive ordered a TYC core and its supposed to be here Wednesday. The problem i foresee is the dash in this truck has a cover over it and the screws have been covered up. Im pretty sure I need to remove those screws but I dont know their exact location. I think the best way will be to use a small hole saw just above the screw but I need some help from a fellow member to find the exact spots the screws are in. If anyone could measure their dash from side to side and mark where the screws are and how far from the windshield they are, I would be greatly appreciative.

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I'll do it for you.  I've got my grandson here to help.  Give me a day.  

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OK I got it done in less than a day.

 

the first three pic are taken showing the distance from the left edge of the dash.

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The next three are the distance from the right A post cove.

 

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Distance from windshield

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It ain’t purdy but I got them all drilled and screws out. Of course, on the last hole the dash cover started to come up. I should have tried that first but didn’t think it would come up easily. Oh well, dash matches the rest of the truck now.

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I pounded on mine at that spot to get the gauges to come back on. That's why I'm :duh:. It worked though. At least that time.

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49 minutes ago, 98whitelightnin said:

This bezel was perfect when I got the truck. Took it off to install a radio my dad got me for Christmas and it broke when I was just holding it in my hands. Ill eventually put a new bezel and and dash top on it.

My old one was not perfect but one of the last times Imjad it off I was holding it anf itmdropped to the groind. Thats when I noticed I was still had the piece I was holding in my hand.

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Don't they glue down with a glue that allows an easy pull apart when needed later? I'm thinking Small spots of silicone would release off the plastic. My 01 has a cover and looks okay but the bezel is cracked.

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Now that ive pulled it all apart, I think I could have easily popped the cover off. I got it tore all down and the new heater core did not have a foam surround so I did not put it in. Im waiting for the replacement tomorrow.

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Are you doing the evaporator while you're in there?

6 hours ago, dave110 said:

Daves law states " glue only holds when you don't want it to".

A good rule of thumb there.

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I called advance and asked them to check  another box for foam and it didn’t have it either so I guess that’s not included any longer. I went back out and got it in and all back together. Ended up popping the dash cover off very easily to put the top 5 screws back in. Temp got up to 140 on the test drive so I’m happy with it.

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I let mine crack a good bit more than that before I replaced it. That one only seems to have one crack in it..

1 hour ago, dave110 said:

Dave wouldn't steer you wrong, Dave.

2 Daves are equal to and entire chicken farm.

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17 minutes ago, Mopar1973Man said:

You both full of  s__t. :lmao::lmao2:

 

@98whitelightnin you've got a 190*F thermostat right? That heater vent temp seems low. I typically see about 160*F. 

Mine only runs about 140 or a little above also. Blend door issue maybe? It is warm enough but I have a 190* t stat my self. 

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