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Recirculate button not working

I have a 2006 FORD FOCUS the inside "recirculating button" stopped working does not recirculate air inside the car any suggestions how to repair or replace?

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  • dieselbob Feb 25, 2009

    Thank you for your response I will check these and see if it is the problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

    Thanks for the details, I inspected the servo motor it is fine, took off the servo motor and further inspection showed the sleeve where the key engages is stripped made of plastic. Went to the dealer, no longer under warranty. Ford parts wants $600 for the whole core assembly cannot just replace the broken part! and $800 for installation alone. My fix is to use epoxy glue I will let you know if it works.

  • dieselbob Mar 10, 2009

    Ford parts wants $600 for the whole core assembly cannot just replace the broken part! and $800 for installation alone. My fix is to use epoxy glue I will let you know if it works.

    My Follow-up, I used epoxy glue on the keyed shaft and so far it is holding up.Everything is working fine like it should.



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Either your heater conrol head with the recirc button is bad, or the motor that opens and closes the inside/outside air door.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009

  • gerry bissi Feb 26, 2009

    If you can look under the dash on the passenger side, you will see a rectangular opening on the plenum (black plastic case). That is the recirc air intake. Press the recirc button and see if the door opens and closes. Or watch to see if the servo motor operates.

    This should be covered under your 36/36 warranty. Are you over it?


    Air Inlet Blend Door Actuator


    1. Open and unhook the glove compartment.

    1. NOTE: The servo motor is hard to access.
      Remove the air recirculation flap servo motor.

      • Disconnect the plugs.

      • Remove the three screws.


    1. NOTE: The servo motor is keyed onto a shaft. For this reason, the air recirculation flap may have to be pushed into the correct position with the fingertips.
      Refit the components in reverse order.

    1. Check the operation of the air recirculation flap.



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