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The heating and cooling system works fine. Problem we are having is that no matter where the setting to control where you want the air distributed to (ie:defrost, floor, etc.) it only comes out of the main vents on the dash.

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We just had the same problem. I pulled off the knob that switches the selection location and found that the plastic had two hairline cracks in it keeping it from turning the metal spindle. I sprayed some non-flammable silicone on the spindal (which was stiff to turn) wedged some paper into the knob above the cracks and we're back in business.

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How do I remove the center console where the heater control switches are located on a 2006 Pt Cruiser GT

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To maintain the performance level of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, the engine cooling system must be properly maintained. The use of a bug screen is not recommended. Any obstructions in front of the radiator or A/C condenser will reduce the performance of the A/C and engine cooling systems.
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All vehicles are equipped with a common heater, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) housing (1). The heating-A/C system combines heating, ventilating and A/C (if equipped) capabilities in a single HVAC housing mounted within the passenger compartment beneath the instrument panel. The HVAC housing includes:
  1. Mode-air doors (2)
  2. A/C evaporator (A/C system only) (3)
  3. Recirculation-air door and actuator (A/C system only) (4)
  4. Blower motor (5)
  5. Mode control cable (6)
  6. Temperature control cable (7)
  7. Heater core (8)
  8. Blend-air door (9)
On heater-only systems, the A/C evaporator is omitted from the HVAC housing and is replaced with an air restrictor plate.
Based upon the system mode selected, conditioned air can exit the standard heater-only or optional heater-A/C housing through one or a combination of the three main housing outlets: defrost, panel or floor. The defrost and panel outlets are located on the top of the HVAC air distribution housing and the floor outlets are located on each side of the distribution housing. Once the conditioned air exits the HVAC housing, it is further directed through molded plastic ducts to the various outlets within the vehicle interior. These outlets and their locations are as follows:
  1. Defroster Outlet- A single large defroster outlet is located in the center of the instrument panel top cover, near the base of the windshield.
  2. Side Window Demister Outlets- There are two side window demister outlets, one is located at each outboard end of the instrument panel top cover, near the belt line at the A-pillars.
  3. Panel Outlets- There are four panel outlets in the instrument panel, one located near each outboard end of the instrument panel facing the rear of the vehicle and two located near the top of the instrument panel center bezel.
  4. Front Floor Outlets- There are two front floor outlets, one located on each side of the center tunnel near the dash panel.
  5. Rear Floor Outlets- There are two rear floor outlets, one located on each side of the floor panel center tunnel near the front of each rear seat foot well.
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No heat. New thermastat, heater core flushed, good circulation. Has a rear heater.

Does blower motor work , air blowing out of ducts ?
Temperature blending is varied by the air temperature control door, which regulates the amount of air that flows through and/or around the heater core (18476) , where it is then mixed and distributed.
Movement of the control knob from COOL (Blue) to WARM (Red) causes a corresponding movement on the air temperature control door and determines the temperature that the system will maintain.
Temperature Control
The temperature control operates in the following manner:
  • Temperature control of the heater system is determined by the position of the temperature control knob (between COOL-BLUE and WARM-RED) of the heater control .
  • This control knob is connected to a potentiometer mounted in the heater control . This potentiometer is electrically connected to the electric blend door actuator that operates the A/C air temperature control door.

Feb 25, 2016 | 1996 Ford Windstar

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Air conditioning will not switch from defrost vents

Vacuum control motors are used to position these airflow control doors.
SECTION 412-01: Air Distribution and Filtering 2000 Expedition/Navigator Workshop Manual DESCRIPTION AND OPERATION Procedure revision date: 06/17/1999 Air Distribution There are two sources of air available to the air distribution system:
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  • recirculated air
Recirculated air is only used during MAX A/C, AUTOMATIC (if equipped with EATC) and OFF modes.
Air distribution within the vehicle is determined by the function selector switch position, if equipped with manual A/C, or is controlled by the electronic automatic temperature control system in the AUTOMATIC mode but can be overridden by the driver if desired. Airflow control doors are used to direct airflow within the heater air plenum chamber. Vacuum control motors are used to position these airflow control doors.
The air distribution system is designed to provide airflow from the defrost nozzle when no vacuum is applied to any of the vacuum control motors. This is done to prevent a situation where defrost cannot be obtained due to a system vacuum leak.
Air enters the passenger compartment from the:
  • instrument panel A/C registers.
  • heater outlet floor duct.
  • windshield defroster hose nozzle.
  • side window demisters.
  • rear seat airflow duct (if equipped).
Passenger compartment air is exhausted from the vehicle through open windows or cab air vents.

expedition air flow hvac system-xvcmtr1jbqa4kfrdszeh0lpe-3-0.gif Item Part Number Description 1 18A318 Vacuum control motor - panel/defrost door 2 18A478 Panel/defrost door (full vacuum position) 3 - Defrost airflow 4 - Side window demister airflow 5 18B545 Temperature blend door (full heat position) 6 19860 A/C evaporator core 7 19A813 Air inlet duct door (full vacuum position) 8 - Outside air inlet 9 18A318 Vacuum control motor - air inlet duct door 10 - Recirculated air inlet 11 19805 Blower motor 12 - Vacuum to emission control 13 - Vacuum from the engine intake manifold 14 19A563 A/C vacuum check valve 15 19A566 A/C vacuum reservoir tank and bracket 16 19B888 A/C-heater function selector switch 17 18476 Heater core 18 18A559 Floor/panel door (full vacuum position) 19 - Floor airflow 20 18A318 Vacuum control motor - floor/panel door 21 - Panel vent airflow
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While the AC is on.; the passenger side blows heat while driver side blows the cool air of the AC

Hello jol..... these Sierra's generally have dual controls on the dashboard. Check to be sure that the passenger side is set to a low temperature, say 60 and then see if you get cool air on that side. Joe.

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Heater control does not work heat always comes out of dash vents no matter what the setting. no defroster, no foot level heat. how do I get to the air diverter that changes the direction of air. the switch...

your mode door sounds like it is not moving
the air distribution is control by an actuator(motor) that sits on top off a door that moves to distribute air flow to whichever setting you set it to-if the door is broken it will no longer move and will stay on one setting all the time-the same thing will happen if the motor is no longer working. the only way to be sure is to physically check the motor. this is located on your heater box which is the large black box that is under the dash on the passenger side(it very big-just look under the passenger side dash and you will see it)if the motor is not working-replace it-if it is working you will have to replace the whole heater box which can be a pain-usually the dash has to be removed.
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Item Part Number Description 1 — Air inlet door 2 — Temperature blend door 3 — Headliner airflow 4 — Auxiliary mode door 5 — Floor airflow 6 18476 Heater core 7 19860 Evaporator core 8 19805 Blower motor
The auxiliary A/C and heating system has the following features:
  • The auxiliary A/C and heating system is functional whenever the instrument panel mounted A/C control is in any position except OFF.
  • The auxiliary blower motor recirculates the air inside the vehicle. Outside air is not available to the auxiliary system.
  • Air is cooled and dehumidified by the auxiliary A/C evaporator core only if the instrument panel mounted A/C control is adjusted to a position that requires A/C compressor operation.
  • The temperature blend door and the auxiliary mode door are controlled by electric actuator motors.
  • Movement of the auxiliary temperature control between COOL and WARM causes a corresponding movement of the temperature blend door to mix air flowing through and around the auxiliary heater core.
  • Movement of the auxiliary mode control between PANEL and FLOOR causes a corresponding movement of the auxiliary mode door to direct air flow between the panel (headliner) registers and the floor duct.
I would say the auxiliary mode door (#4) electric motor is not wokring.

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  1. Remove the RH quarter trim panel cup holder and access panel.
  1. Remove the screws.
  1. Disconnect the blend door actuator electrical connector.
  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.

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