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Desugn flaw for the flap under the dash on driver side controling ac/heat

I read your response about the stuck ac knob and have replaced mine. Very expensive, but it's the fswtching mechanism for the flap that caused the problem because now it's just as hard to turn and fear breaking it again. You mentioned trying the PHX dealership to find out what to do. They quoted me $1,200 to pull dash and replace entire part. You mentioned in a previous reply to someone else with a similar problem something about a new design for less than $10 and removing two screws and replacing the plastic switching mechanism. What exactly do I ask for so the dealership will understand me? And does this require pulling the entire dash?

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    I have the same problem. Instead of paying the $1200.00 plus the dealership wants I have decided to adjust my AC/Heat manually. If you would like to do the same it is quite easy. There are two phillips screws holding the dash panel under your steering wheel. Take those out and pull the panel off. You will be able to see where the adjustment cable goes into the flap. Just stick your hand in there and move it manually. I have been looking on ebay for a new heater control unit (the part on the dash that broke) but without replacing the cable it will just break again. I have decided to just do it manually. Thats free.



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Check the cable i have had the same problem with customers cars and most of the time it is due to the cable kinking if you reposition the cable before it gets a crease in it it will be fine if not try putting a new cable on very cheap and easy to do

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