After a hard, cold winter I started the van up and got it nice and hot when my coolant hose going into the engine burst. After replacing it with a new hose, I noticed antifreeze leaking on the passenger side floor mat. After some talking with a mechanic friend he suggested that I need a new heater core and was quoted around $1000 CDN for parts and time.
Being the frugal person I am I figured I could take the dash off myself, order a new heater core (~$140) and put in in myself, with a little help from my mechanic friend.
What I'm stuck on and what my Haynes manual doesn't cover (in depth) is how exactly to remove the dashboard. I've taken all visible screws off plus the underside bolts on both sides and the dash visibly moves but not enough to access the heater core. It feels like something around the steering column is in the way, but I've taken apart everything that seems to be in the way. The manual also suggested lowering the steering column, but I can't find out how to do that anywhere online.
I'm handy, but no mechanic, so I feel like I've reached my limit in what I feel comfortable removing without further instructions.