Ford Explorer & Mercury Mountaineer: Removing Driver Side Kick Board

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Unscrewing just a few simple screws will help you remove the driver side kick board in order to fix your car's heater core. Learn the steps necessary to remove the kick board from a certified mechanic in this free automotive video.

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Here we're demonstrating how to change a heater core on a late model Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer. In this step we're going to talk about the proper service procedure for removing the driver side lower kick boards. Now the driver side kick board is this piece here, you can see it runs along underneath the steering column and down on the very left of the driver side. We're going to have to get this out of the way in order to lower our steering column and continue removing our dashboard. Now on this particular vehicle, it takes a 7 millimeter socket, and we have just a couple bolts to deal with, I'm going to go ahead and undo them right now. They normally bolt in at the bottom and will have clips that hold them up at the top near the steering column. I'll put that in my magnetic tray. It's real important that you take and don't lose any of your interior fasteners. If you do, your interior will jostle and squeak as you're driving, it can be extremely annoying. Now you may have to disconnect your hood release lever, and your parking brake release lever in order to finish up getting this kick panel out of the way. Again, it depends on the make and model of the vehicle, on this particular one we do. And like I said, they bolt in generally from the bottom, and have some clips that hold them in at the top. There's one of the clips, and there's the other one right there. And that is the proper service procedure for removing the driver side lower kick panel.

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