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AC knob stuck - unable to switch to any other setting

My AC knob is stuck between the foot & console air vents. It will not switch to defrost. I would almost break it off if I try any harder. What could be causing this? It almost feels like something may be stuck not allowing me to switch the vent direction. How do I get in there to take a look?

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  • MemphisNLA Aug 27, 2008

    Thanks for the reply. I will give it a shot.


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What dealer did you contact? I'm in Mesa and I have the same problem.

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On the 2002 Lnacer there was a design flaw on the control for the flap under the dash on the driver side. Call Mitsu they have a new design for less the 10.00 (Cost at Dealer in PHX.) It is taking out all of two screws and replacing the plastic switching mechanisim. DO NOT FORCE THE KNOB you will break the knob and that is costly to replace since you have the change out the whole housing. To get by for the time bieng you can move it manually down below until you can find the part and fix it.

Posted on Aug 30, 2008

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Either the control cable is bound up or more likely the door inside the air ducting is jammed or warped, you will have to gain access to the door to check this out, you may have to remove the dash assembly.

Posted on Aug 25, 2008

  • chrrybm72 Sep 03, 2011

    There's a TSB on this issue, it happens alot. Check that out. Also, I have a Lancer and when the knob gets hard to turn on mine I carefully turn it to the left and then to the right and it always loosens it enough to get ti on what setting I want.


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