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95 Passat
05-03-2007, 12:27 PM
Post: #1
95 Passat
MY GOD! is there a better way to get to the heater core in this car?! This is ridiculous. Has to be the worst heater core i've ever done. Anyone know another way than taking out the entire dash????
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05-04-2007, 04:25 PM
Post: #2
RE: 95 Passat
The entire dash has to be removed. I can post instructions and pictures if you need them.

Cary Joe York
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05-06-2007, 10:57 PM (This post was last modified: 05-06-2007 10:58 PM by CaryJoeYork.)
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RE: 95 Passat
To Remove Instrument Panel

Obtain theft protected radio code.
Disconnect battery Ground (GND) strap.
Remove radio.
Remove driver's and passenger's side airbag units, if equipped. See: Restraint Systems\Air Bag Systems\Air Bag
Remove steering wheel. See: Steering and Suspension\Steering\Steering Wheel
Remove center console and extension.
Remove inner door sill trim.

Remove lower "A-pillar" kick panel trim.

Remove storage trays or knee bar.

Remove Heater/AC control panel trim
Remove Heater/AC control panel mounting screws
Move Heater/AC controls out of the way. Use care not to kink or bend cables.
Drill out and remove the shear bolts that secure the steering column, then lower the steering column. See Steering and Suspension for more information about the steering column assembly. New shear-bolts are required for reassembly.

Disconnect the ground connections and harness connectors from behind the instrument panel.
Disconnect the instrument panel wiring harness connectors from behind the fuse/relay panel.

Remove the trim caps and screws on each end of the instrument panel.
Remove the retainers from the air intake housing behind panel.
Disconnect the brackets between the instrument panel and the floor tunnel, fold them out of the way.
Remove the instrument panel.
Installation Notes:

Installation is the reverse of removal.
On cars with a cable-driven speedometer, the cable is only pushed into the back of the speedometer. For installation, temporarily disconnect the cable inside the fresh air plenum under the hood.
While fitting the instrument panel, make sure that the retaining pins on the instrument panel engage in the mounting brackets at the base of the windshield.
Check that the air ducting is properly seated on the heater housing.
Install new steering column shear-bolts

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05-06-2007, 10:58 PM
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RE: 95 Passat
Here are some more pictures.

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