The vent handles only open and close a gate type valve behind the grill in the vents. The knobs don't come off and the whole vent assembly is held in place by the hose hooked to the structure of the intake air plenum. When you take off the dash, the hose should stay behind, and the the vents come with the dash. Be very careful with the defrost ducts, they are prone to be very brittle and turn to dust quite easily, and there are no replacements available for them. If you don't have to touch them or take them out, leave them alone.The side vents, the ones with the little lever (BTW how do those knobs come off?) are not connected to anything and just flopping around.
NNNNNOOOOOOOooooooooo!!!!!! NOT the screwdriver- Not the screwdriver- I used 3 of my wifes magic chef plastic pan scrapers- if she finds out, she will kill me. It is hard blunted plastic about 3 inches on width. Bondo scrapers might do the same.It will probably take 2 or three screwdrivers or something similar in order to get it started. .
I'll echo what Gene said. Granted the dash is very easy to remove/install with the windshield out, There are members that have done it that way. I didn't, but Willit? was totally disassembled anyway, but I did have pros remove/install the front and rear glass. My piece of mind was well worth the $90 each time for them to do the job. Besides, if they break it, they buy it. There were times I had to take a week away from the car, the fun was so intense, and Murphy was a regular visitor. BTW, fun is spelled FrUstratioN. That's probably why it is taken so long to get where it's at now. Patience must be used or time is lost as well as the cash reserves.Jeff'
That's not the frame of mind in which to do this. The dash has to completely come off in which to access the heater assembly. BUT, it can be removed without taking the windshield out. Difficult yes, but, not impossible, it's just easier to do it with the windshield out. I'd opt for EXTREME patience and leave the windshield in. JMTCW,
Did you look at the pictures above? Is that the process? I'm guessing if I do this far enough around the glass it'll start loosen and come out......what I meant was that they could be used to hold the rubber from slipping back in to place.
See post number two of mine on this thread from 11/12/03:yup:I then removed those @#$%$ screws and I'll tell you right now there is NO
WAY I would ever have gotten them any other way, one was so buried in the vinyl dash cover I could barely get it out with the windshield GONE.
One huge mistake.....I closed the hood, cable release is of course disconnected as per FSM. Doofus.