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1997 explorer a/c blend door ?

1997 ford explorer with automatic temp control, I've replaced the blend door actuator but a few minutes after turning the a/c or heat on air will stop coming out the vents. The blower can still be heard working. The automatic control module under the radio was also replaced. I get no code errors when running the EACT codes. The air does not default to the defroster when is stops coming out of the floor or dash vents. It will go to defrost when I select it.

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May possibly have a vacuum leak.

Posted on Apr 07, 2010

  • 4logick333 Feb 07, 2012

    I have this problem on my 97. The heat would work intermittently and on really cold days was horrible. To fix go behind the glove box and locate the blend door actuator unit. It will take a tiny ratchet to remove the screws on top. This is a time consuming and scrapped hands effort. After removing find an allen wrench that fits inside of the white square slot on top. This is the pivot for the blend door. You will have to sacrifice the allen to become your new handle lever for future use. Replace module behind glove box. Remember that the handle should face towards the rear of the car. When you lose heat all you have to do is slip your hand on top of the box and turn the handle from left to right.


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