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Front heater does not work

2000 ford windstar. my front heater does not blow hot air just cold air, but the rear heater does work, what can i do, i checked all my fuces and they are all is hard up here..

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  • nhbmex Dec 21, 2008

    thank you so very much, i went and bought a new blend door motor, and replaced it and it does work. i appreciate all help...thanks everyone. the old one was broken and that is why was making some noise behind the radio. thanks and have a great holiday to all.

  • rshaw45005 Jan 23, 2009

    2000 Ford Windstar. I have no front heat only reat heat. When I move the temp switch side to side it make a clicking noise behins the dash for about 45 sec and then stops, this just happend all the sudden after the girlfriend drove my van and adjusted the temp control switch and when I got in it didnt work. The van is not over heating it drives normal just no heat, no defrost, no floor, but the reat works I have two kids and very little money someone please help!!!!

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I thought I had this problem when I first read your post, but it turned out to be a broken blend door. Dealer wanted $500 to remove the dash and put in a whole new plenum box. There are some DIY kits on the net, so I express ordered a heatertreater overnight and it works great! The fix is done by removing the glovebox and installing a steel replacement blend door. So if you determine the actuator isn't the problem, check the blend door!

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  • bob derby Nov 17, 2010

    After reading your post I thought my actuator motor was dead but it turned out to be a broken blend door. The dealer wanted $500 to disassemble the dash and put in a new plenum box. You can avoid going to the dealership by finding a DIY kit online. These fixes go through the glovebox and save the labor of disassembling the entire dash. I have a heatertreater in my windstar and it has worked perfectly and saved me a ton over the dealership price. So if you have no heat and the actuator motor is not the problem, check the blend door!


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I would suspect a temperature blend door motor has failed , it is common , go to an automotive repair shop and get a free estimate for repairs.

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