Son has 97 Ranger and the Heater Core needs to be replaced. Before he decides to blow up the truck, could someone PLEASE tell me where I can get a diagram on where all the screws etc. are located so he can at least get the Heater Core Out. ASAP!!
You will REALLY need a manual and a FULL day, it requires the removal of the instument panel.
Removal and Installation
Allow the engine (6007) to cool. Following all safety precautions (refer to Section 03-03 ) and using a thick cloth, turn radiator cap slowly to the first stop. Step back while pressure is released. When the 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 hoses.
In the passenger compartment, remove the instrument panel (04320). Refer to Section 01-12 .
Remove heater air plenum chamber (18471). Refer to Removal and Installation, Air Plenum Chamber and Duct in this section.
Remove heater core from heater air plenum chamber. For installation, follow removal procedures in reverse order.
Instrument Panel, Ranger
Removal and Installation
Disconnect battery ground cable (14301).
Disconnect wiring connectors in engine compartment.
Remove two bolts retaining hood latch control handle and cable (16916) and lower cable and two bolts attaching parking brake release.
Move transfer case control to far forward position.
Remove instrument panel steering column cover (04459) by removing two (2) screws and pulling on cover to release grasshopper clips.
Remove bolt to bracket at right of accelerator pedal.
Remove instrument panel steering column reinforcement by removing six (6) screws.
Remove TK yoke by removing two (2) nuts from cross vehicle beam.
Open fuse panel door, and remove two (2) bolts attaching instrument panel to cowl (A pillar beam).
On right side of instrument panel lower, remove one (1) bolt.
Remove one (1) threadless fastener and two (2) pushpins attaching insulator to lower right-hand instrument panel .
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.
Remove four (4) bolts at top of instrument panel.
Disconnect all electrical connections at rear of instrument panel.
If replacing instrument panel, transfer all components to new instrument panel.
For installation, follow removal procedures in reverse order.
When the battery has been disconnected and reconnected, some abnormal drive symptoms may occur while the powertrain control module (PCM) (12A650) relearns its adaptive strategy. The vehicle may need to be driven 16 km (10 miles) or more to relearn the strategy.
Air Plenum Chamber and Duct
Disconnect the battery ground cable.
Remove heater water hoses (18472) fromheater core (18476) and plug heater water hoses as described in this section.
Remove the heater plenum chamber case (18A484).
Remove the remaining nuts which secure the heater air plenum chamber (18471) to the dash panel on the engine side of the panel.
In the passenger compartment, remove the instrument panel (04320), following procedures given in Section 01-12 .
Pull heater air plenum chamber from the dash panel and remove from the vehicle.
Position the heater air plenum chamber to the dash panel, aligning the studs with the holes in the panel.
Install the nuts on the studs at the dash panel in the engine compartment.
Install heater plenum chamber case.
Install the heater water hoses on the heater core.
Install the instrument panel, following procedures given in Section 01-12 .
Connect the battery ground cable. Check system for proper installation.
WOW. Does not look that easy. My heater core went out on my 97. The lowest estimate i got was 600 bucks. So i just by passed the core and drove it for 2 more years then sold it and got a 2001 4x4.If u do this just make sure u have gloves blanket and a good Jacket.