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Old 01-26-2010, 01:01 PM
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Default 1997 Ranger heater core replacement

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My '97 ford ranger is having problems with the heater core and I plan on doing the job myself. My Chilton's manual is very vague on what needs to be done to get the job done. Can someone help me out and provide a good walk through as to what needs to be done. I know it is more complicated than the older models and requires removal of quite a few items to get to it (instrument panel, steering wheel, passenger air bag cover, right front brake pad, left rear hub cap, right front signal light, etc...)
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:25 PM
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Removal and Installation

Allow engine to cool. Following all safety precautions (refer to Section 03-03) and using a thick cloth, turn the radiator cap slowly to the first stop. Step back while pressure is released. When pressure has been released, tighten the radiator cap on the radiator.

Disconnect the heater water hoses (18472) from the heater core (18476), and plug the heater water hose with suitable size plugs.

In the passenger compartment, remove five screws attaching heater core to the heater air plenum chamber (18471). Remove heater core.

Pull heater core rearward and down, removing it from the heater air plenum chamber. Remove heater core case seal.

For installation, follow removal steps in reverse order. Make sure heater core and heater core case seal snaps into retainer bracket at top of heater core. Check and add coolant. Refer to Section 03-03. Check system for proper operation and coolant leaks.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:29 AM
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Hi,
My '97 ford ranger is having problems with the heater core and I plan on doing the job myself. My Chilton's manual is very vague on what needs to be done to get the job done. Can someone help me out and provide a good walk through as to what needs to be done. I know it is more complicated than the older models and requires removal of quite a few items to get to it (instrument panel, steering wheel, passenger air bag cover, right front brake pad, left rear hub cap, right front signal light, etc...)
95 + the dash has to be pulled. ford allocates about 5 to 6 hours plus parts
94 - it is a 20 min install
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:15 AM
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Hope this helps...

Instrument Panel, Ranger
Removal and Installation
1. Disconnect battery ground cable (14301).
2. Disconnect wiring connectors in engine compartment.
3. Remove two bolts retaining hood latch control handle and cable (16916) and lower cable and two bolts attaching parking brake release.
4. Move transfer case control to far forward position.
5. Remove instrument panel steering column cover (04459) by removing two (2) screws and pulling on cover to release grasshopper clips.
6. Remove bolt to bracket at right of accelerator pedal.
7. Remove instrument panel steering column reinforcement by removing six (6) screws.
8. Remove TK yoke by removing two (2) nuts from cross vehicle beam.
9. Open fuse panel door, and remove two (2) bolts attaching instrument panel to cowl (A pillar beam).
10. On right side of instrument panel lower, remove one (1) bolt.
11. Remove one (1) threadless fastener and two (2) pushpins attaching insulator to lower right-hand instrument panel .
12. Lift edge of defroster grille, using a flat wooden dowel, then pull up on defroster grille to release clips and tension tabs. Remove defroster grille.
13. Remove four (4) bolts at top of instrument panel.
14. Disconnect all electrical connections at rear of instrument panel.
15. Remove instrument panel.


Instrument Panel, Ranger




Item Part Number Description
1 046B62 Instrument Panel Defroster Opening Grille
2 043C18 Passenger Air Bag Opening Cover Assembly
3 N808849-S36 Screw (6 Req'd)
4 N805949-S36B Screw (2 Req'd)
5 04304 Instrument Panel Assembly
6 1006024 Glove Box
7 N803613-S Pushpin (1 Req'd)
8 N803362-S Rivet (2 Req'd)
9 04398 Instrument Panel Sound Insulation
10 385754-S36B Screw (2 Req'd)
11 044C92 Instrument Panel Finish Center Bracket
12 N807122-S411 Screw (12 Req'd)
13 N806886-S36 Nut (1 Req'd)
14 043A50 Instrument Panel Brace
15 N606677-S36 Screw (2 Req'd)
16 04810 Instrument Panel Ash Receptacle
17 N803876-S36 Screw (10 Req'd)
18 044D70 Instrument Panel Finish Panel (Center)
19 04371 Instrument Panel Radio Opening Panel
20 044D82 Instrument Panel Cover Access Cover
21 04459 Instrument Panel Steering Column Cover
22 017A28 Instrument Panel Steering Column Opening Cover Reinforcement
23 Nut (2 Req'd)
24 044C86 Instrument Panel Steering Column Opening Center Reinforcement
25 N803877-S411 Screw (4 Req'd)
26 7A110 Transmission Range Indicator
27 10849 Instrument Cluster
28 045D62 Instrument Panel Fuse Panel Opening Door
29 044D70 Instrument Panel Finish Panel (Cluster)
A Tighten to 26-34 Nm
(20-25 Lb-Ft)
B Tighten to 10-14 Nm
(7-10 Lb-Ft)
C Tighten to 1-2 Nm
(9-18 Lb-In)
D Tighten to 2-3 Nm
(18-26 Lb-In)
16. If replacing instrument panel, transfer all components to new instrument panel.
For installation, follow removal procedures in reverse order
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:38 PM
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Default Re: 1997 Ranger heater core replacement

hi i need to find out how to replace a heater core in a 1997 ford ranger . does anyone have any advise to make it easier
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:37 PM
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Default Re: 1997 Ranger heater core replacement

Basically, the only step I'm missing is to take out the defroster grille, the rest should be pretty easy ! I'm painting my interior...
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Old 09-07-2010, 04:59 PM
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Old 10-30-2010, 06:54 PM
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Default Re: 1997 Ranger heater core replacement

Hi i am new and need info on changing heater core in a 1997 ford ranger
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Old 10-31-2010, 08:04 AM
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Hi i am new and need info on changing heater core in a 1997 ford ranger
take the dash board off then disconnect the heater core and replace. install dash.....jobs done.........7 hours later
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Old 10-22-2011, 12:28 PM
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Default Re: 1997 Ranger heater core replacement

I have a 97 I am trying to replace the heater core. I get get the dash to drop, but I cannot figure out how to remove the steering column. How do I disconnect the steering column it so I can pull out the dash far enough to get to the heater core to replace? My Ranger is manual so the stick is in the way hence my dilema. If anyone can help me with this that would be great.
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