SUBARUPictures of how I removed the dashboard and replaced the heater core on the Subaru Legacy Outback.

This is part 2 of the heater core replacement. Part 1 is "Heater Core" link in the menu to the left.
But first, lets pay some bills:

  1. After sucking it up and getting my panties untwisted, I flushed out the heater core very gently. Probably did not need to do this. Next I blew through the hose and got most of the water out. I did not spill anything inside the cab.

  2. Now I gotta get the bar out. bolts and whatnot.

  3. That one in the back looked like a bear to remove, but this socket extension makes it easy. Wish I had thought of that yesterday, this is a shot of the reinstall.

  4. This little computer has to come out. Just four bolts. Four big bolts. Four big star bit security bolts. Do you have star bits with the center drilled for these security bolts? I don't.
    security bolts

  5. I do have vice grips!! Take that! I own you, Fuji Heavy Industries!
    vice grips

  6. Then these two more bolts which hold on these grounding clips and the middle part of the cross bar thing.

  7. This long one holds the Air Conditioner box to the x bar.
    long bolt

  8. Then a couple more bolts on this side.

  9. That's out. Time for one more beer.
    x bar

  10. Finally time to get the heater box out. Two nuts on top, one wiring clip plug, and one clip which is already unplugged, but screwed on.

  11. A bolt under the box. Took off the AC box nut too.
    yet more bolts

  12. That nut will fall down under the rug...

  13. ...and under this metal plate.

  14. Yank and pull and tug and swear and pry. And sweat and curse and heave. What the hell is holding it in there. Hey, presto.

  15. I hate you, heater box. Some screws from underneath hold the two halves together.
    heater box

  16. That's all that was holding it in there, some glue on the pipes held it fast to the firewall insulation.

  17. Yeah, perfect match.
    aftermarket parts

  18. Switch the pipes over.
    switch pipes

  19. Some foam insulation. This was a bit thick but ok.

  20. There it is. All reassembled. No more leaks. Hooray.

  21. Reassembly...The reverse of removal!!!

  22. Next I sold out to make 02ยข so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.

    But no minivans!

  23. Then I finished my beer.

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