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No heat, but plenty of air 1996 explorer

Lol. if my wife left me for bingo i would be seeing the girlfriend too. hahah. the hoses are soft. the air isn't warm at all. i believe its the plastic flap that lets the air over the matrix. because no matter where i move the heat control its the same temp. cold. I don't know how to get into the flap. i believe I would have to remove the dash to do so. I read of a guy cutting a hole in the side of the container, its plastic, and looking in there and moving the flap by hand and gluing it open. that seems to be a popular problem in this year of explorer. so u live in spain? hows the weather there? we have one foot of snow, and 4 feet drifts in some place. if it's warm i would much rather be there.

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    chris day Dec 29, 2008

    The problem is fixed. i took the jockey box loose, and behind it is the black box that has the matrix in it. the box has a white motor on it that turns the heat/ac door. I cut a hole in the box, stuck my hand behind what looks like a radiator, and pulled the door behind it shut, allowing the heat to come in.

  • susie1556 Jan 21, 2009

    I have same problem , some times I have heat and sometimes I don't, and it is cold outside and the heatr is not working, once in awhile if i would mess with the buttons and hear a pop sound I can get the heater to work , But not this time.



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Sorry i cant help you more ,but iam a general mechanic and i work in the YARD and i will repair anything but as one day it might be a toyota and the next a ford or a seat .I dont work on just one make all the time so i know what to do but not on how to do it on every model.---All that snow is making me cringe as i suffer from reynards syndrome (circulation) thats why i moved south (common market) boy do i love brussels and not just to eat.But what you mention the flap control is about right,and yes i would be inclined to try something like you suggested then in the summer i would clamp the hoses with a couple of home made clamps to shut of water flow .Dont honestly know how you can drive with no heat .evan with gloves on and thermal socks my hands and feet go blue and sting like crazy.Nothing like a nice day in summer here in alicante and go out on boat ***** spotting over on the island of tabarka.Great for snorkelling as well as its a marine reserve .well enough chit chat .Business ---must be a valve on side of heater unit thats controled by a vacumn pipe ,i would suggest that one of these thin pipes has perished on the end of a curve or where it streches over the connection of the valve,Also look under the bonnet sorry HOOD and see if their is a control solonoid that allows the vacumn through ,It should be round with 2/3 or more pipes on and one running back to manifold which would be the feed .Other than that if it too cold outside to mess about then just wedge flap open if its possible or cut a hole in side of heater as it wouldnt be the first time i have botched something like this up.I cant go round to old jimmys and look at his explorer as he sold it as it was on GB plates and this is spain .

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