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Old 05-20-2018, 09:27 PM   #1
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Vent door stuck - any easy hacks to fix?

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I've already replaced the cable once from it breaking trying to switch from defrost to AC . I understand the problem of the door getting stuck.

Before I wind up snapping another switch , any suggestions to helping keep it from sticking?


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Old 05-21-2018, 12:50 AM   #2
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I would have thought that later one did not have the problem.

Regardless, the entire airbox has to pull after dash comes out to replace the errant part, not fun in the least. The door has a thin foam seal to seal the edges, the adhesive on it turns into glue that sticks the door once it soaks through the foam to degrade it too.

If you can train yourself to close the door and then back it off a bit that will help a lot, it sticks worse when fully shut tight.
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yeah, when I replaced the cable last time, it wasn't warm - now it's getting hot again outside - which isn't helping.

The car has 150K and we are considering selling this summer, so no, replacing the door isn't worth the labor costs - and I don't have the time/ambition to do it myself.

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Old 05-23-2018, 10:19 AM   #4
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after some you tube searching....I may consider the brute force method of going in from behind the radio and covering the door with foil tape, then patch the holes into the air box.

I really am not into pulling the dash - but pulling the radio - that's no problem.
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mine still sticks... i just turn the heat on for a few minutes and the door heats up and releases.. i don't feel like replacing the entire hvac box YET.. i have a replacement under my bench but i realized to replace the HVAC box i need to separate the interior A/C condenser from the piping and dont have the funds to have another A/C guy to pull the gas, wait then put the system into a vacuum and put the gas back xD
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I use a simple discarded room air conditioner compressor as a vacuum pump, free and used maybe $10-$20 worth of fittings/electrical to make it work.Then I pump my own refrigerant out into a similarly fitted old freon tank. Suck it out and back into the car when work done.

Post #5 is correct, if you wait until the heat is up the door opens MUCH easier and likely not break the cable then, the heat melts the door edge glue to release easier.

Mine has stayed fixed since this........

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=o why not hit up a scrap yard make a bunch of those and sell them with the trade in of the old one as i would even be interested in one that does that i was thinking something similar on how to keep the door perched slightly open but didnt know how to implement it..

hehe make a bunch sell for $35 shipped with the old one sent to you to make another xD thats one hell of a smart idea.

as for the freon removal im sure i can pester my other friend where i used to live for an old setup as he does it for a living and he has to buy new pumps and equipment after x amount of years and the old ones usually end up buried somewhere in the shop
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Too many other irons in the fire..........between the house and 4 cars running at all times and all the things made to break quick in today's world I have my hands full. Just fixed two air compressors this week, both for pennies. Chainsaw next. Time to rebuild another $35 mower as well, the last one I did is now 14 years old. It never stops.
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https://youtu.be/uwiExNKRNqE

This is the fix I used. Took out the radio, used a dremel to cut two holes, used hvac tape, then closed it back up.


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this was the video I watched as well. Looking to give it a shot this week.
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