2010 Buick Enclave CXL, A/C Does Not Cool Well

This 2010 Buick Enclave CXL came in with the complaint that the a/c is not as cold as it should be during the heat of the day. The problem is that with the ambient temperature being 98° F and the heat index at 112°F the best the vent temperature would drop to was the mid … Continue reading “2010 Buick Enclave CXL, A/C Does Not Cool Well”

2011 Ford Expedition Replacing The Driver’s Side Temperature Door Actuator in Under 2 Hours Part 4

In the process of developing this repair and repair articles I have encountered a fair amount of grief from fellow professional technicians. Originally I posted an abbreviated version on a network that I belong to in hopes of providing a valuable procedure for both my fellow mechanics and their customers. I realize that it is … Continue reading “2011 Ford Expedition Replacing The Driver’s Side Temperature Door Actuator in Under 2 Hours Part 4”

2011 Ford Expedition Replacing The Driver’s Side Temperature Door Actuator in Under 2 Hours Part 3

The other epiphany that I had while thoroughly investigating this process was that I could get to the one hidden screw if the passenger side of the floor duct was gone. Then I thought how could it best be removed without disturbing anything else? I could cut it off with a saw but then what? … Continue reading “2011 Ford Expedition Replacing The Driver’s Side Temperature Door Actuator in Under 2 Hours Part 3”

2011 Ford Expedition Replacing The Driver’s Side Temperature Door Actuator in Under 2 Hours Part 2

Now that the seats and center console are out of the way it is time to start removing the metal brackets.There is a bracket that holds the wiring harness to the main frame. In order to get the wiring out of the way the connector body from the front harness needs to be removed from … Continue reading “2011 Ford Expedition Replacing The Driver’s Side Temperature Door Actuator in Under 2 Hours Part 2”

2011 Ford Expedition Replacing The Driver’s Side Temperature Door Actuator in Under 2 Hours Part 1

This 2011 Ford Expedition came in with the complaint that the driver’s side vents were stuck on heat. Since this truck has rear floor vents under the seats as shown below, the seats have to be removed from the vehicle. The plastic trim covers unsnap from the seat brackets to reveal the attaching bolts. The … Continue reading “2011 Ford Expedition Replacing The Driver’s Side Temperature Door Actuator in Under 2 Hours Part 1”

1999 Ford E150 Air Only Blows Out The Defroster Vents

This 1999 Ford E150 van came in with the complaint that the a/c would only blow out of the defroster. The mode actuators in this vehicle are vacuum controlled so checking vacuum is the first point in the diagnostic routine. There is a vacuum hose splice connector under the hood on the passenger side of … Continue reading “1999 Ford E150 Air Only Blows Out The Defroster Vents”

1998 Cadillac Deville, Passenger Side Vents Hot with A/C On

This 1998 Cadillac Deville came in with the complaint that with the a/c on there was heat coming out of the passenger side vents. Codes B1340 and B1341 were present in the HVAC system. Both codes are for faults with the air mix door actuators. The B1340 is for air mix door #1 (driver’s side) … Continue reading “1998 Cadillac Deville, Passenger Side Vents Hot with A/C On”

2003 Chevrolet Silverado, HVAC Actuator Stuck

This 2003 Chevrolet Silverado came in with the complaint that the passenger vents were stuck on heat at the end of August in South Carolina.. Since it was late I decided to try a procedure that GM came out with several years ago. It applies to actuators that have over traveled for one reason or … Continue reading “2003 Chevrolet Silverado, HVAC Actuator Stuck”

1999 Ford F150, Replacing Broken Blend Air Door, Part Three

This is the last part of this repair article. The only aggravating part of this repair is the antenna cable. In order to pull the passenger side of the dash out far enough the cable has to be disconnected from the dash at two locations. It is held to the dash with push pin retainers … Continue reading “1999 Ford F150, Replacing Broken Blend Air Door, Part Three”

1999 Ford F150, Replacing Broken Blend Door, Part Two

This is the second part of this repair to see the first part please click here. Moving to the driver’s side of the vehicle the finish panel that covers the sides and top edge of the steering column opening needs to be removed. It will pull loose by grabbing the lower edges and pulling it … Continue reading “1999 Ford F150, Replacing Broken Blend Door, Part Two”