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2003 Lancer AC knob wont switch all the way over to heat...

I can turn it over to the heat side but it bounces back to the cold side....

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  • Lisa Hughes
    Lisa Hughes Feb 11, 2009

    I have the same problem and now the knob has broken off. Any suggestions on where to get a new one??

  • lopaka069 May 22, 2009

    So, if I can reposition the cable, what do I do about repairing or replacing just the knob and the plastic portion right behind it? Also mine is a 2004 and it seems that this issue is common, why can't they either recall or find a better system?

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This is due to the cable behind the dash kinking when you move the knob at worst you may need a new cable at best you can try to get your head under the dash and reposition the cable eg. cable tie it over to one side so it dosn't kink

its not to hard to do just a little hard to get to good luck

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