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Heater working but not blowing hot air into car

The heater motor and coils work, when i remove the glove box i can feel heat thru duct work, i believe the problem is with blend door. how do get to that, i can't find where it's located?

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There is a small resistor board in the ductwork. It will have 3 or 4 coiled wires on it. They control the motor. There are a few wires connected to it from the passenger area.

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