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2003 XLT clicking in dash, no heat

Discussion in 'Explorer, Ranger, A/C & Heater systems HVAC' started by grabill68, October 11, 2008.

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    1. grabill68

      grabill68 New Member

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      From other posts on here it seems to be the actuator, I have removed radio trim and console. I located the actuator but I can't figure out how to get in there and remove screws. Is real tight in there. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
       
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    3. Mustang Mike

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      Help

      I think the bolts are 7mm
      Use a 1/4 inch drive ratchet to get the very top bolt, you have to remove
      the trim under the steering wheel, then shine a flash light to see the bolt,
      use about a 10" extension
      The use the same ratchet to get the very bottom one, you will need an angle
      after the socket, or you can use a wrench to get that one. To get the other
      top one, remove the radio bezel, unplug your 4x4 harness, and you heater
      controls. You have to use the wrench to get this one.

      Putting the actuator in is interesting, feed it through the opening by the
      radio and crawl under the dash to line up in the hole. Make certain that
      you have the temp control all the way to cold before removing that way you
      know what position the blend door is in. Then before you install new
      actuator, plug it in and go to hot, then back to cold to make sure the new
      actuator is in the cold position. This actuator moves very slow, don't let
      that scare you. in fact my old one worked fine out of the car because there
      was no pressure on the broken gear.

      Put the top bolt in first with the long socket. I have to put some glue off
      of my kids glue stick to hold the bolt in the socket so it doesn't fall off.
      Then put the lower bolt in, I used my wrench for that one, and the one in
      the radio spot I didn't even try to put back in, works fine with two in.

      Good luck, keep going you'll get it, took my 2 1/2 hours and I am no
      mechanic!

      Let me know if you have any questions or need pictures. I will check my
      email all day.

      Michael

      See this post:

      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=198271&highlight=sleb&page=2
       
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      Sounds like the problem

      Thanks
      mustang mike
      it sure soundss like the problem the actuator
      for the no heat problem.
      I heard this clinking but could not quite pin point it but i did notice this little white box i guess this is a small gearbox and the gears inside must be strippred
      i will attempt to replace thanks
       
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      Welcome to the forum!!:salute:

      Here is the thread you are looking for!!

      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=294140

      Hope this helps out!! :biggthump
       
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      03 heater blend door actuator

      Working on an 03 Explorer, have replaced the blend door with the "heatertreater" solution. Did not fix the heater problem, moved forward with replacing the actuator. However, when plugged in to the harness, there is no movement of the actuator. Fuses are good, no other problems appear to exist. Help, please.
       
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      BigRondo USMC 1371 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Did you follow the test procedure for checking out the new actuator as outlined in this thread?

      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=294140
       
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      Just wanted to mention your tutorial was a great deal of help to me Rondo. First took it to my local dealer and they quoted me 9.5 hrs labour @ 165.00 per hour + diagnostics and parts. Fast forward to late 2013 the part cost me 122.00. Your tutorial saved me any further costs on top of that. Not a mechanic at all but I do have a healthy respect for my tools. Took me 3 1/2 hrs with trips back and forth to my laptop, but i'm back up and running again thanks to your efforts here. The 7 months of winter will be a little warmer for me and my family now and I have you to thank for that.:salute:

      Thank you from a greatful Canadian for this site and your help Rhondo.......Brian
       
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      Glad I could help out!! :D:thumbsup:
       
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      I just bought a 03 ford explorer it has a clicking sound like the turn signal is - but it's not- then I noticed the drivers side carpet is really wet, I later turned the heat on and I don't have any heat at all. I have only had this for a week. Are these the symptom of the actuator...is that the same thing as the heater core?
       

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