1998 Ford Explorer 4x4 - Blend Door Pics


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Album Title: Blend Door Pics
Explorer Blend Door 'Plan-B' Text. Remove/Repair/Replace Pictures.
Use with 'Talon Dad' Blend Door Pics.

Credits: EXCELLENT Info in the Forums from the following people;
JFRANK, KATZEN, LAINE, COBRAXP, TCOLLIER, CROKK, TARTAN DON, MJBAUCH, SKI MOGUL, VITO in TN, TKRONE, HOMER WINZLOW. It was the info and pictures from these guys that helped me to identify & fix my problem. Thanks guys.

Assumptions:
(1) you are at least somewhat familiar with the original fix by JFRANK.
(2) your blend door is cracked/broken/damaged too much for the original fix (Plan-A) to be effective.

Disclaimer:
(1) the author cannot be held esponsible for personal injury or damage.

Shortly after I bought my '98 Explorer (in 2004) I noticed the HVAC was not behaving exactly as described in the Owners Manual. It gave Max A/C or Max Heat, but nothing in between. Maybe that's why the original owner traded it because the rest of the vehicle is mint.. A quick read of this Forum confirmed that I had a broken blend door, so I went to work on fixing it..

I quickly discovered that the top portion of the blend door was about
75 % missing. Soon after (gently) feeling around with my finger tip, I
got it to 100 % missing... Now I was really screwed.. I started to think
that I should have left it alone, that maybe the original fix would have
worked if I didn't poke my finger in there... In desperation my Plan-B was call the local Ford Dealer. They told me $200 CDN in parts (for the entire HVAC unit) and 10 hours labour @ $79 CDN per hour.

That's when I realized, I needed a better Plan B...

Created: Last Update:
Paul B. Toronto, Ontario
1998 Ford Explorer Limited
4.0 SOHC automatic 4x4
Interior: Grey Leather
Exterior: Black
Mileage: 150
Modifications
Views: 467 Average Vote: 10.00 (6 Votes)

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Remove the glove box door, remove EATC Actuator. Have a good ...


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HVAC UNIT Bottom View. This is where the blend door lives. Using ...


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Here is the Blend Door 'in the raw' to quote Tartan Don... The ...


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Sorry about the poor focus... Here you can see where the JB Wel ...


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Here's another (out of focus) view of the piece that came off af ...


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What I did here was wire the broken piece in 2 places with thin ...


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This is a better view of the grooves, and the soldered wire. I ...


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After the crazy glue was completely dry, it was time to apply a ...


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Here is the final coat, about 2 hours old. The wires and the gro ...


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Here's the final coat about 10 hours later, rock hard and ready ...


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Here is the (black) piece I cut from the HVAC plenum, and the sl ...


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Here is the white plastic patch piece secured with Permatex Ultr ...

Comments
used this procedure and a brand new door from NAPA to fix mine... thanks!!!!!
By K2JJB





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