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HEATER TEMP CONTROL IS STUCK ON HEAT. WILL NOT SWITCH TO COOL

TEMP CONTROL KNOB CAN BE SWITCHED TO COOL BUT THE AIR IS STILL HOT

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    will not switch from defrost to heat stuck on defrost

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Sounds like your blend door actuator has failed, or the lost vacuum to this actuator, or something got into the vents holding the blend door into position. Most common is the acuator failing, good news is its a fairly inexpensive part, but gettin to it is not fun, its it the ductwork in behind the dash, I'm not sure on your specific model but most I have seen the dash has to come completely out. If it gets to that point you may want a repair shop to do that.But hopefully you get lucky and its easy access.

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