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Old 03-29-2014, 16:06   #1 (permalink)
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Blend Door Actuator Change in Progress

Got the new BDA in the car and now I'm buttoning everything up. Should I have reinstalled the passenger air distribution duct when I had the right side of the dashboard pulled out? Having never done it before I wasn't sure. So do I have to pull it back out to get the duct back in or is there another way?
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Figured it out. Placed a screwdriver between both ends and slid one end on the screwdriver onto the other end. That duct is actually pretty rugged.
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Old 03-29-2014, 17:15   #3 (permalink)
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Glad you got it. Thanks for the update.
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Old 03-30-2014, 19:43   #4 (permalink)
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So I finished this job and got the new actuator in, pulling the right side of the dashboard forward to get access to the bolts. The blend door itself moved freely and I installed the new actuator with two bolts. Its in there solid and not going anywhere. Previously, it blew hot air regardless of the temperature control setting. Now the manual temperature control works properly. Glad I got this done. Temperatures here in Upstate SC are forecasted to be in the 80s by Thursday. That will be a good chance to see how well the AC works. A short test today says it will work just fine.

Doing this job sucked but it sucked less than kicking out $800 to the dealer, so that puts me on the plus side I guess. If I ever have to do this again, 7mm and 8 mm offset ratcheting box end wrenches are a must have. Except for the BDA itself, looks like Ford used some common sense by using common tools and fasteners when putting the instrument panel trim panels in place.




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It should last a long time. We rarely had to change them in our fleet.
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I removed the front seat on the last blend door I changed. It wasn't necessary, but I did it so that I could bend my neck and back the next few days after the job. This is a tough job! Thanks for letting us know how it's done.
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Low 80s today in Upstate SC. AC set to Normal at next to lowest fan speed. The temperature? Frosty! Was thinking about getting the AC checked/serviced in preparation for summer. I probably will just for peace of mind. That plus a window tint should do just fine.
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