Ok, weather is a little warmer now and been driving it a little more than just across our small town. I smell it in the cabin slightly when I turn the heater fans on. Heater core replacement involves removing the dashboard? Any where I can feel around in the cabin for wet coolant? Thanks in advance!
Yes, unfortunately, replacing the heater core means the dash is going to have to come out. In a good note though, when the days is out, you can add new duct insulation to everything, sealing the HVAC system up like it was brand new!
Of not, when you get to the metal dash frame, there are 2 screws holding it to the body that aren’t intuitive. First, there’s a screw under the center dash speaker grill, and it’s smaller than the others so, heads up. Finally, there is 1 bolt, I believe it’s a T50 or T60 that holds the frame in place from the outside of the cabin!!! (In pic below) You have to pull the windshield cowlings off, specifically the lower cowling, then you can get a torx socket with some extensions in there to get it off. After that you’ll be home free.