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Need to replace ac blend door motor inside dashby glove box does dash have to come out and how much trouble is it?

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    Shawn Mashburn Feb 23, 2009

    can i take the dash out of 1997 towncar to replace damper blend door motor and get the dash back correctly without going to the dealer for $400 ?

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2009

    In your solution to this problem, you reference "remove instrument panel(04320).refer to section 01-12"  How do I get the information in section 01-12, to remove instrument panel.  I understand the replacement of the blend door actuator.  Now I need to understand how to remove the instrument panel.  Thanks for your help.



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The bummer is removing instrument panel. big job.

A/C Electronic Blend Door Actuator Removal

  1. Disconnect battery ground cable (14301). Refer to Section 14-01 .
  1. Remove instrument panel (04320). Refer to Section 01-12 .
  1. Remove four A/C electronic blend door actuator retaining screws.
  1. Remove A/C electronic blend door actuator.

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Item Part Number Description 1 18471 Heater Air Plenum Chamber 2 42141-S8 Screw (4 Req'd) 3 — A/C Electronic Blend Door Actuator 4 — A/C Air Temperature Control Door Shaft (Part of 18471) 5 19D842 A/C Air Temperature Control Door

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Ford has issued a TSB or technical service bulletin to change the two motors. The motors appear to go defective due to contamination of the associated circuit board which can cause the motors to not respond correctly to the controls . My Lincoln TC was produced in Jan of 2008 and so failure was delayed until just afterr the Warranty ran out. I admired Ford and have owned lots of Fords from the 65 fastback Mustang down to recent Lincolns but I am deeply disappointed and probably will stay away from the Oval sign. It cost me $525 dollars to get the mmotors replaced and to restore proper funtion. As a retired engineer I am didisappointed that Ford has decided to get all their customers out of the Warranty period on a known defect rather than own up to the problem. Ford knows it has a problem and will let you find out the hard way.

If your blend air doors blow A/C on the flopr when you fire Her up and delay blowing out the panel Vents you have a known problem which Ford will not address until you are out of Warranty. Ron Davis

Posted on Sep 08, 2012

  • Ron Davis Sep 08, 2012

    The motors are electronically controlled and would work well if the grease used did not over time contaminate the control board. The dash is supposed to take 2.9 hours to pull out as part of replacing the two motors. I wish I had a better solution and Ford will not issue a recall. They refused to honor or even contributre to the repair if they are lucky enough to get you out of the Warranty period.



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SOURCE: cold air on passenger side warm air on drivers side

Actuator motors either get a tear in the rubber or a hose is broken and not letting vacuum assist in its opening.
You can try moving the lever by hand and see if the air gets colder on the bad side.c976077.jpg

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SOURCE: blend door actuator needs replacing does the

no it doesnt ... check out if you have to replace the blend doors .... but the actuator is directly behind the glove box...remove the glove box take out 3 screws and remove actuator and replace.....waa laa

Posted on Nov 25, 2009

Ralph Johnson

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SOURCE: 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab. While replacing a

it may be the switch itself they do go bad.Otherwise he could have pinched a hose or left one off. But it sounds like he is trying to help.

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SOURCE: glove box latch broken

The latch is sold seperately. Call your local dealer with the last 9 of you vin number to get the right color. Most dealers sell at the same MSRP price as all the others in town. I know cause I sell these all the time at my Chrysler dealership.

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SOURCE: Air Conditioner blower motor resistor was replaced

Motor is also energized by a relay. check that and also check that the motor itself is good by running a hot lead right to it. I'm sure you already checked the fuse and know the switch is good?

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