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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-07-2005, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Heater Panel Door....Broken

Greetings all!
I know, I know.....It's been a while. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
But, I must say, the new fOCUS SVT has sure been fun! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

I'm finally spending some quality time with the Bronc.
Even built a carport for it. Clicky. (Yes, the poor ole beast is now relegated to outside parking)
The heater hasn't been working properly as of late.
I've been getting equal heat to all outlets, but can't control where it goes.
IOW, I've got 33.33% coming out the vents, defrost, and floor ducts.
Not what you want when you have 2 wet Labradors on board, coming home from skiing.
I NEED my defrost to work 100%.
Took some digging, major disassembly of the dash, and a few cuss words here and there, but I found out the problem.
The panel door is broken. [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]
It's plastic, and is "self hinged", and that's where it broke.
I guess 305,000 miles is enough to ask for, but it's still a pain to have to replace it.

Here's the broken door, and highlighted area of the Shop Manual showing the part.
Panel Door - 18A361. Part number on the door itself is E3TH-18A574-AA.


Here's where it connects to the vaccum motor:


Another view from underneath the dash:


Anyone just happen to have the part lying around?
I haven't called the Dealer yet, and I doubt there's much hope that they even carry that part anymore.
Wrecking yards are pathetic around here. [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]
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Glad to see you back Doug.
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Hey Norm, how's it going?

You won't believe this, but good ole Helena Motors our local Ford Dealership, found me the part. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
They're actually still available, at $32.46 a pop.
Not bad.
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Nice! Take pictures. I'm scared of the heater ducting. Don't tell no one OK? Maybe you can help me on this one. I can't seem to get my heater to work on anything but the defrost. I thought I fixed all my bad vaccuum lines. Any suggestions?
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Do you have heat/cold?
Is it the selector switch itself that's not working?
IOW, the fan only comes on when the selector is on defrost?
Or, the fan works fine, but no matter where the selector is, it comes out the defrost?

If you pull the glove box, (just the "tray", not the door),
you can access the 2 vacuum controls rather easily.
Make sure they are both moving when you're changing the selector switch.

The lower vacuum control (shown in 2nd pic by the red arrow),
will have no vacuum to it on defrost/mix/floor.
The "lever" if you will, will be extended all the way out.
It will get vacuum when you switch to vent, and pull that lever in.

The upper vacuum control (2nd pic, above and to left of lower control),
will have full vacuum on floor, partial vacuum on mix, and no vacuum on defrost.
You should be able to see that one move too.

Sheesh, didn't plan on writing this much.
Hope it's a help.
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Norm
I had this problem with my 82 but it was stuck on your feet. When I took it apart it ended up being a pen that fell behind the dash and was caught in the door. When I tried to move the lever it wouldn't move so if your lever does not move it could be something lick what happened to mine.
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