Ducato heater matrix replacement

Jan 10, 2015
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rohill Welfare bus
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Since 2014
643D7FBA-C093-46C0-9B80-886E6C18DB36.jpeg HELP!!
I have a 2.8jtd, 2003 model. My heater matrix has a slight leak & I am in the process of TRYING to change it. I have almost dismantled the complete dash & undone every bolt/screw on the matrix I can find. It’s moving a bit but I cannot get it to drop.
Any ideas would be helpful.
Many thanks in advance as I’m almost at the stage of giving up.
 
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Baggydave
Jan 10, 2015
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East sussex
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34,703
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rohill Welfare bus
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Since 2014
Yes hoses disconnected & plastic surround removed.
I’ve just has a fresh look this morning & have concluded that it’s not possible!
Unless I cut the dash in two & take the cross member off. That’s a step too far for me.
I’ll use some k-seal & hope it stays sealed.

Thanks for the reply’s.
 

Lenny HB

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Have you looked on youtube?
I've see reports before of people doing it so it must be oossible, sorry can't remember where I saw it.
 
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I've replaced one twice on a LHD Ducato 1995, and didn't strip that much dash off? I think there is metal bracket you need to bend out the way before the matrix can be removed.
 

pappajohn

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My thoughts are the dash will be fitted as a complete pre-built unit on the production line and the matrix will either be fitted to the bulkhead or the back of the dash BEFORE final assembly.
Common practise on car production lines.
In other words the whole dash needs removing.
 
Jul 29, 2017
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Yes hoses disconnected & plastic surround removed.
I’ve just has a fresh look this morning & have concluded that it’s not possible!
Unless I cut the dash in two & take the cross member off. That’s a step too far for me.
I’ll use some k-seal & hope it stays sealed.

Thanks for the reply’s.
I'd be very reluctant to use any form of sealant as it often leads to other problems and you get back to removing matrix. Never removed a Ducato matrix but with many I have done it's basically sit in drivers seat and remove everything in front of you except screen. Persevere and as others suggest you tube and Fiat forum.
 
Feb 15, 2014
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Bessacar E450
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I’ll use some k-seal & hope it stays sealed.
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I put K seal in my x250 that had a leaking matrix, i put 2 bottles in and it has been fine for over 5 years
 
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Baggydave
Jan 10, 2015
35
24
East sussex
Funster No
34,703
MH
rohill Welfare bus
Exp
Since 2014
Hi & thanks for all the advice.
I gave up & put it all back together. Thankfully everything works.
I bought some k seal from euro parts & so far all is well. No leaks at all even after a drive to wales, where we are now.

Fingers crossed.
 
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