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I have a 2005 Ford Focus. My vent distribution knob turns freely but does not change air direction. It remains blowing from the defrost vents. I pooped off the face around the knobs and stereo to look inside. The vent selector knob was not connected and the component appeared to have popped off , but then I noticed two silver tension cables that are sticking out freely . From the back side of that disconnected component are 2 thicker black wires intact, and a grey clip with smaller wires intact. I feel this component has snapped and broke. Can I easily replace it and if so what is it called, I cant seem to find any similar part online. Can I replace that part with those wires still attached to the back of it? All the other knobs are connected and work as they are suppose to. If I am unable to replace it, can I at lease adjust it somehow to where the air blows out the front vents instead of the defrost vent? Dont see how I can get it to turn or select a different setting. Thank you so much ! C4tag

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The part you're describing is the blend door actuator. It diverts air through the different ports, (floor, vent, defrost, mix). The good news is depending on what you need (new lever or new blend door) the price runs about $30-40. As far as ease of installation, it sounds like you have unobstructed access so replacing it shouldn't be too difficult.

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