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How do I move the blender door manually to get heat on my 2003 ford explorer?

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I just worked this issue today. It too me a minute because I refuse to remove the dashboard. After working on jets for 20 year, I can work in small tight areas and still complete the task.

Get a new blend door actuator. Advance Auot has one for $39.99. Remove the center console. Under the center tray below the climate control switches, there is one screw holding it in place. Once you had that section of the console removed, then you have to remove the the to 10mm bolts up front, the plastic fastener by the accelerator pedal and the one opposite of that one on the passenger side. then remove the two 10mm bolts in the center section and finallt the two 10mm bolts on the back of the console at the bottom left and right side. Free up your wire harness and slide it back and out of the way.

Next you'll need to remove the bracket on the driver side to gain access to the bled door actuator. Remove the center face panel with the environmental controls. Once you have that out of the way, you can remove one of the 3 8mm screws which holds it in place with a combination wrench. The hard part is getting on the floor to remove the other two. The forward bottom screw can be removed with the wrench. If you have an 8mm socket, 4 inch extention, universal joint, and a ratchet. then the forward top screw can be removed. Once you have it loose, slide it out and push forward and down to get it out. Disconnect the harness from the actuator.

Install the new one from through the center openning. You have a bit more room to play with. Line up your grooves with the blend door. Take your time because it is a tight fit. Once you got it installed, start putting in the screws. The top screw is a pain, but with a steady hand, and the tools you used to remove it, will help putting it back in. Once you have it back together, install the center panel with the environmental switches, start the vehicle and perform and operational check.

This may take a bit or time, but it will save you about $400 - $500 to remove and install a $40.00 part.

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Wish I read your post over the weekend Dixoncr. I just did the job, I also work on aircrafts, but I wasnt able to get to it without removing the dash. =/

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If you can see the vacuum motor that operates it and can't touch it, sometimes you can temporarily hook it with a wire and tie it off. Eventually you will need to fix it though. If you can't see it, then you need to take it all apart.

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You can't reach it, u will need to remove the dash assembly

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