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For some reason it will not allow me to answer from the post... Yes I can feel heat..engine coolant level is full. Also when I switch from defroster to floor vents even tho controls are on full heat I get all cold air. I am thinking that one of the actuators are stuck in the open position thus allowing the cold air into the system.

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    is there a way to manually work them do you know

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The actuators are electronic and that one maybe at fault. Bench test it to see if its good. If not the control switch for the heating ac mode is at fault

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