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My vent selector switch became hard to turn. I was trying to change it and it popped. Now all I have is defrost. Do I need to buy a new climate control head or the bowden cables. What are the cables connected to a blend door or just coiled up??

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  • dinacjones May 24, 2011

    I have a 2005 ford focus ZX3. Sometimes the vent selector switch would be hard to turn. I would play with it and it eventually would change. Try to find a defrost diversion door or the climate control head?? Where exactly is the door inside the air ducting?? Hard to get too??

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Hello
It would be helpful if I knew the model and year Ford you have, but based on what you are saying and my 25+ years as a Ford dealer service technican the problem is that the defrost air diversion door is warped inside the air ducting and this has caused the overloaded dash control to break, i have run across this many times, the cable itself is most likely just fine. Try and find a used on in a local salvage yard as new ones are not available for anything this old.

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    yadayada May 24, 2011

    The door is inside the air duct behind the dash, to access it you must remove the dash completely from the car. In order to have a happy outcome to a job this big you will need a factory service manual or you may never get everything hooked up right.

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