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Pontiac vibe flap motor replacement

My dashboard is making a clicking noise that stops when you turn on the re-circulation button. Another website said it was the flap motor. How hard is it to replace and is it expensive?

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Replacing the flap motor can be relatively difficult to replace because it requires removing the dash in most cases. It is not overly expensive and may not be worth the effort to do it yourself.

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I FIXED my flap motor by disassembling it and reversing the secondary gear that had a couple teeth broken on it. The travel on that gear is around 180 degrees so almost half of it is unused. I did NOT have to remove the dash. Remove the glove box in front of the passenger seat and the motor is under there on the left. It's not that hard a job, about two hours tops (including analyzing and dreaming up a solution) and $0 spent.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015

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    Good job Len. The motors will spin when not in the box. They have a heat sink in them to stop the motor when the flap hits a stopping point. I have fixed many the way you did it.

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Yes, a flap motor is hard to replace as you must remove the entire dash to get to it. It could take up to 12 hours of labor or more to do the job, depending on the experience of the technician and many garages won't perform the work.

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Len has it right. The motor is on the passenger side and can be accessed with dash being removed.

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