taurus/sable heater core

Does anyone know if Ford ever changed the Taurus/Sable design to make changing the heater core relatively easy? If so, what year? (I once had a 88 Taurus and swore I'd never have another Taurus because of
the heater core problem.) Tnx Jim H.
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jimhigh66 wrote:

Sorry, it's still a remove-the-dashboard affair.
Rob
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The newer models are not that bad at all. No need to remove the instrument panel.

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Umm --Thanks but one reply says yes and the other no ????
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jimhigh66 wrote:

From the service manual:
Heater Core Removal
1.    Remove instrument panel (04320); refer to Section 01-12.
2.    Drain coolant from radiator (8005) into a clean container.
3.    Disconnect heater water hoses (18472) from heater core (18476). Plug heater core tubes or blow any coolant from heater core with low pressure air.
4.    Remove four retaining screws and A/C electronic blend door actuator from A/C evaporator housing.
5.    Remove metal cover, disengage spring from heater core cover (18B300) and remove spring from lever.
6.    Note: Do not attempt to bend any part of the lever; it is brittle and will break.
    Gently depress locking ramp and remove lever from secondary A/C air temperature control door end.
7.    Rotate primary A/C air temperature control door shaft down, then swing metal link and remove from pin.
8.    Remove three heater core cover retaining screws and remove heater core cover and heater core cover seal (18N267) from A/C evaporator housing.
9.    Remove heater core and seal from A/C evaporator housing by pushing on heater core tubes.
Section 01-12: Instrument Panel and Console REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
1.    Note: Removal and installation of the instrument panel (04320) is best accomplished by two people.
    Position front wheels in the straight-ahead position.
2.    Disconnect battery ground cable (14301). Refer to Section 14-01.
3.    Unsnap and remove instrument panel insulator (046A24) from instrument panel reinforcement (04545).
4.    On floor shift models, remove console finish panel (04567) as described.
5.    Remove two screws retaining instrument panel steering column cover (04459) to instrument panel. Remove instrument panel steering column cover by unsnapping from instrument panel.
6.    Remove two screws retaining instrument panel brace below steering column. Disconnect courtesy lamp socket. Remove two screws retaining diagnostic link connector. Remove instrument panel brace.
7.    On vehicles with manual A/C-heater, remove main wiring electrical connectors and vacuum hose harness (19C827) from A/C evaporator housing and blower motor (18527).
8.    On vehicles equipped with electronic automatic temperature control (EATC), remove theautomatic temperature control sensor hose and elbow (19D888), two main wiring harness electrical connectors andvacuum hose harness from A/C evaporator housing.
9.    CAUTION: Do not use excessive force when installing radio removing tool, as this will damage retaining clips and make integrated control panel removal difficult.
    Insert Radio Removing Tool T87P-19061-A into integrated control panel face plate. Push tools in approximately 38 mm (1.5 inches) to release retaining clips.
10.    Apply a light spreading force on tools and pull integrated control panel out of instrument panel.
11.    Disconnect wiring connectors and automatic temperature control sensor hose and elbow, if equipped.
12.    On floor shift vehicles, remove six screws and console center finish panel as described.
13.    On column-shift models, remove four screws and instrument panel finish panel (044D70).
14.    CAUTION: Do not remove the steering column, steering wheel (3600) and air bag module as an assembly from the vehicle unless the steering column is locked to prevent rotation or lower end of steering shaft is wired in such a way to prevent the steering wheel from being rotated.
    Remove steering column assembly. Refer to Section 11-04.
15.    Remove screws retaining cluster opening instrument panel finish panel to instrument panel. Carefully disengage end clips by pulling cluster opening instrument panel finish panel straight out of instrument panel.
16.    Remove four screws retaining instrument cluster (10849) to instrument panel. Pull instrument cluster away far enough to disconnect three electrical connectors at rear. Remove instrument cluster from vehicle.
17.    Unsnap instrument panel upper finish panel (044A90) from instrument panel.
18.    On autolamp-equipped vehicles, disconnect electrical connector from light sensor amplifier (13A018).
19.    Unsnap and remove instrument panel finish end panel from LH and RH side of instrument panel.
20.    Remove RH and LH front scuff plates and pull door weatherstrip away from instrument panel.
21.    Remove three screws retaining instrument panel to upper cowl top panel (02010).
22.    Working with an assistant, remove two screws at each end of instrument panel.
23.    Disconnect instrument panel-to-dash panel electrical connectors.
24.    Remove parking brake cable and parking brake switch connector.
25.    With an assistant, remove instrument panel from vehicle.
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Once you do the job you will realize there is no need to remove the dash panel.

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pick one wrote:

Boy, I hope so. It's just a matter of time for me, I'm sure.
What is a good stopping point, then? can it be "sneaked" out like the Aerostar?
Rob
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You will have to remove the glove box door. Then at the instrument panel ends remove the fasteners and just lift up like you are doing a 80's to 90's crown vic and support with a block of wood. This will give you more than enough clearance to remove the heater core cover and slide out the core.

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On Sun, 27 Mar 2005 09:53:27 -0500, "pick one" <try again!> wrote:

lmfao yes u will havbe to unbolt it and pull the passenger side forward once you do one u will see why
hurc ast

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Tnx for all the info -- far more than I needed for now. I still sounds like a pretty intimidating task -- they get that way when you get older.
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