I swear, Alan, i am saying the SAME thing!I miss my heater SO much (I bypassed it), but that just gives me a stomach ache looking at it.
That's awesome you took pics and posted them though. If I ever work up the nerve to R&R the core, I know I'll be using these pics as a guide.
Here's a pic of my mess. I can not get the housing assembly out. Something is holding it in along the bottom. I've been under the truck and can't find anything. :huh:Well HELL. I got two Dakotas. A 97 & 2000 model. Got that 97 mid 05 and got the 2000 model just 4 weeks ago. And guess what? Yep your right. Heat core is out in both of them. Been driving the old one for 3 years now with no heat. Hell that was one of the main reasons I got a newer truck. The old one is starting to lay down on me. Anyway. Got to work today, looked over and seen fluid on the floor mat. Going to brake down and tackle the heater core this weekend. I have looked over this entire thread and feel that it's not going to be so bad.
Wish me luck.
I know I read that in this thread before and you're right that nut was right there hiding from me. I got it done, it was a pain, but compared to shelling out a grand for someone else to do it, I would do it again. :woot: Thanks to the OP for the pics and thanks to everyone else who contributed.Mine is a 99' Durango so not sure what would be different on your 01' quad cab but on mine there are 4 screws on the firewall holding the heaterbox in. The 4th one and hard to miss is behind the transmission dipstick and a bitch to get off. I used an open ended wrench with like 1/4 turns at a time with my finger tips......Thats all I can think of right now.
Hopefully you figure it out, I pulled my dash 3 times so I feel your pain.