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Yes just done it go to auto zone get radio remove tool for about 6 bucks looks like 2 u shaped piecies of wire. real simple after that.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008

  • roetken Dec 19, 2008

    also will have to have bottom shourd off too so yo can get 2 hands up yhere



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Car wont blow hot air

Does it blow any air at all?

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The heater matrix is in the centre of the vehicle, under the dash. Roughly behind where most car stereos are situated.
You'll have to remove any black, plastic shrouds to get to it.
Work the hot/cold setting and check the valve for movement.
If it is a motor actuated valve and in the even the valve doesn't move, then also check power to the motor.
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Heater control switch wont switch from cold to hot clicking noise only what is the problem

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My heater is blowing cold air in my 2002 mercury grand. The coolant is full and the two hoses going through the firewall are hot. could this be the heater core? the defrost still works and theres no liquid...

It's ugly. If you get to the actuator, take it off and check the door by hand for smooth operation. If the door is jammed, you'll have to split the case and repair it to proper operation.
Either way, check the actuator for stripped gears or shaft key. test it with the battery to see if it works, etc. Here is the full removal procedure:
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2. Disconnect battery negative cable from battery and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
  3. Remove the instrument panel.
  4. The instrument panel houses the controls for most of the electrical systems of the vehicle. The glove compartment is located in the lower RH side of the instrument panel. The LH side of the instrument panel frames the steering column and houses the instrument cluster.
    1. Position the wheels straight ahead.
    2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    3. Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheels.
    4. Apply the parking brake, block the rear wheels, then raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
    5. Remove the front wheels.
    6. Remove the retaining nut in the radiator coolant recovery reservoir assembly.
    7. Remove the retaining bolt in the front fender splash shield.
    8. Position the front fender splash shield out of the way.
    9. Lower the vehicle.
    10. Tag and remove the wiring connectors.
    11. Remove the retaining screw in the parking brake control.
    12. Remove the parking brake control.
    13. Remove the retaining screw in the instrument panel finish panel in the lower instrument panel.
    14. Remove the retaining screw in the steering column opening reinforcement.
    15. Remove the retaining screw in the steering gear housing.
    16. Remove the tilt wheel handle and shank.
    17. Remove the ignition switch.
    18. Disconnect the upper steering column shroud and remove the retaining bolts.
    19. Disconnect the ignition switch assembly.
    20. Tag and remove the electrical connector.
    21. Disconnect the vacuum hose.
    22. Remove the retaining nut in the steering column assembly.
    23. Lower the steering column tube assembly.
    24. Disconnect the shift cable assembly.
    25. Remove the steering column shroud retaining screw.
    26. Remove the retaining screws from the multi-function switch.
    27. Position the multi-function switch out of the way.
    28. Remove the retaining screw from the cowl side trim panel.
    29. Remove the lower panel door trim, remove the retaining screw, and position the panel out of the way.
    30. Tag and disconnect the wiring connectors, and remove the ground wire assembly.
    31. Remove the retaining screw on the cowl side (RH) panel.
    32. Remove the lower panel door trim, remove the retaining screw, and position the panel out of the way.
    33. Tag and disconnect the wiring connectors, and remove the ground wire assembly.
    34. Remove the retaining rivet in the passenger side of the instrument panel.
    35. Disconnect the generator.
    36. Disconnect the radio feed of the wire assembly.
    37. Unsnap the I/P finish center (LH) on the panel assembly.
    38. Remove the radio chassis.
    39. Remove the retaining screw in the instrument panel, and position the panel out of the way.
    40. Tag and disconnect the wiring connectors.
    41. Remove the retaining screw in the air bag restraining module assembly, and disconnect it.
    42. Remove and disconnect the instrument panel defroster-opening grille.
    43. Remove the instrument panel to cowl brace retaining screw.
    44. Remove the instrument panel finish panel retaining screw.
    45. remove the retaining nut on the instrument LH lower finish panel.
    46. Remove the retaining brace.
    47. Disconnect the vacuum hose on the harness assembly.
    48. If the instrument panel is being replaced, transfer all parts to the new instrument panel.
  5. Disconnect the electrical connector from the blend door motor/actuator.
  6. Remove the four screws holding the blend door actuator to the plenum.
  7. Remove the temperature blend door actuator.


Fig. Blend door actuator electrical connector


Fig. Blend door actuator mounting to plenum

to install

  1. Installation is the reversal of the removal procedure. Check air bag indicator operation

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1. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
2. Remove the screw (2) that secures the tilt steering column knob (1) and remove it from the tilt actuator (3) on the left side of the column.
3. From below the steering column, remove the two outboard screws that secure the upper column shroud (1) to the lower shroud (3).
4. Using hand pressure, press inward on both sides of the upper shroud above the parting line of the lower shroud to release the snap features that secure the two shroud halves to each other.
5. Remove the upper shroud from the lower shroud and the steering column.
6. Remove the one center screw that secures the lower shroud to the steering column (4).
7. Remove the lower shroud from the steering column.
8. Disconnect the wire harness connector (2) from the back of the multi-function switch housing (1).
9. Rotate the steering wheel far enough to access and remove the two screws (4) that secure the switch to the multi-function switch mounting housing (3).
10. Grasp the switch control stalk and pull it toward the left side of the vehicle to remove the switch from the mounting housing.

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2. Rotate the steering wheel far enough to install and tighten the two screws (4) that secure the switch to the mounting housing. Tighten the screws to 2 N·m (20 in. lbs.).
3. Reconnect the wire harness connector (2) to the back of the switch housing.
4. Position the lower shroud (3) onto the steering column (4).
5. From below the steering column, install and tighten the one center screw that secures the lower shroud to the steering column. Tighten the screw to 2 N·m (20 in. lbs.).
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  1. Partially drain the cooling system.
  1. Remove the tube gasket from the heater core tubes.
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  1. Install the heater core (18476) in the A/C evaporator housing (19850) with the tube gasket on the outside of the case.
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  1. Position the heater core cover on the A/C evaporator housing (19850). Install the four retaining screws.
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      1. Disconnect battery ground cable. Remove the upper steering column shroud by removing the four or five self-tapping screws. Remove tilt steering column lock lever (if so equipped).
      1. Remove lower steering column shroud.
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      1. Rotate ignition switch lock cylinder to the RUN position.
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      1. Disengage the ignition switch from the actuator.
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      1. Check to ensure that the ignition switch lock cylinder is in the RUN position. The RUN position is achieved by rotating the ignition switch lock cylinder approximately 90 degrees from the LOCK position.
      1. Install the ignition switch into the actuator. It may be necessary to move the ignition switch slightly back and forth to align the ignition switch mounting holes with the lock cylinder housing threaded holes.
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      1. Install the lower steering column shroud and tilt steering column lock lever (if so equipped).

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      1. Disconnect the battery ground.
      2. On tilt columns, remove the upper extension shroud by unsnapping the shroud from the retaining clip at the 9 o'clock position.
      3. Remove the trim shroud halves.
      4. Unplug the wire connector at the key warning switch.
      5. Place the shift lever in PARK and turn the key to ON .
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      7. When installing the cylinder, turn the lock cylinder to the RUN position and depress the retaining pin, then insert the lock cylinder into its housing in the flange casting. Assure that the cylinder is fully seated and aligned in the interlocking washer before turning the key to the OFF position. This will allow the cylinder retaining pin to extend into the cylinder cast housing hole.
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      2. Remove the steering wheel.
      3. Remove the turn signal lever.
      4. Remove the column trim shrouds.
      5. Unbolt the steering column and lower it carefully.
      6. Remove the ignition switch and warning buzzer and pin the switch in the LOCK position.
      7. Remove the turn signal switch.
      8. Remove the snapring and T-bolt nuts that retain the flange casting to the column outer tube.
      9. Remove the flange casting, upper shaft bearing, lock cylinder, ignition switch actuator and the actuator rod by pulling the entire assembly over the end of the steering column shaft.
      10. Remove the lock actuator insert, the T-bolts and the automatic transmission indicator insert, or, with manual transmissions, the key release lever.
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        • Lock cylinder assembly
        • Steering column lock gear
        • Steering column lock bearing
        • Steering column upper bearing retainer
        • Lock actuator assembly
      12. Assembly is a reversal of the disassembly procedure. It is best to install a new upper bearing. Check that the truck starts only in PARK and NEUTRAL.

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