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Lack of air flow ( from defroster outlets only)

All other air outlets are working.how to repair problem

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flapper door in airbox to divert air to defrost brokener, cable to same broken, lever on dash broken or cable unhooked.

You will be upside down with your head in the footwell before you figure out how to get to the thing.   Hopefully you WON"T have to take the dash out.

good luck,

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

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