[200q20v] heater blower replacement HELP!!!!!

C1J1Miller at aol.com C1J1Miller at aol.com
Sat Dec 30 19:54:22 EST 2000

In a message dated 12/30/00 7:47:02 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
pjrose at frontiernet.net writes:

> I finally located and removed the screws that hold the two footwell ducts.
>  Also I detached the rubber boot (bellows) from the rear-seat duct.  is
>  there any other duct I need to detach?

I was lazy; didn't do anything on the interior of the car.

>  Now I've gotten the front of the airbox to lift up about 1 or 1.5 inches,
>  but the gasket is still pretty firmly attached along the top edge. I assume
>  the _whole_ gasketed circumference needs to be separated so the box will
>  pull straight up about 5 or 6 inches (rather than just swing on a "hinge"
>  from its rear edge), is that right? The  problem right now seems to be
>  getting that top edge of gasketing to let go. I'll try heating with hair
>  dryer, etc.
>  Did you leave the heat exchanger hoses attached? They don't particularly
>  help matters, but some people have said they can stay put. Is that right?
>  Phil

As I recall, the first 1 to 1.5 inches wasn't that difficult; the next inch 
or two took some persuasion, and some applied force over time... 

I strongly considered cutting the plastic ("steak knife" technique) but 
didn't resort to it; if you do, it is probably fairly easy to re-seal the cut 
portion again.

A second person would help; I used some very large screwdrivers as wedges; 
pry up, insert a wedge, pry somewhere else, insert a wedge, etc.

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