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Old 06-10-2004, 22:54   #1 (permalink)
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Recirculated and Fresh Air switching problems

Just the other day I noticed the knob inside that switches between fresh air and recirculated air is no longer working. It seems to be stuck on fresh air, cos normally I used to put it on recirc with the fan turned off when it was cold to stop any air at all coming inside. Now wherever I have it turned theres always air coming through the vents as the car is moving.

Now these switches and stuff work on vacuum dont they? Is there any place to check or does anyone have a solution so I can fix this?

Right now i have to shut the front vents so I dont freeze my a$$ off (no heater by the way, its been bypassed)
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Old 06-12-2004, 02:36   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Recirculated and Fresh Air switching problems

If it's the same as E series, it sounds like the linkage from the actuator to the flap, the flap itself or the actuator may have broken.
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Re: Recirculated and Fresh Air switching problems

Yep, I've had this problem of a few different models now... common Falcon prob. In all cases it was either the actuator arm/linkage that broke or the little plastic pin hing on the flap that has snapped.

On the up side... you find 100s of them at the wreckers.
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Old 06-13-2004, 19:09   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Recirculated and Fresh Air switching problems

So is it all visible from behind the glove box if i was to pull it off? I've noticed a few cables and stuff behind there when I installed speakers ages ago. Or is it a line or something from behind the selector knob?
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Re: Recirculated and Fresh Air switching problems

I can't remember the XF set up at the moment and can't find my old workshop manual. I doubt you'll be able to just remove the glovebox and access... expecting you'll find yourself having to get right up in behind the dash. Last E-series I did required partial removal of the dash. Common actuator looks like a cylinder a couple of inches in diameter and a couple of inches long with a connecting rod about 4 inches long sticking out from the centre.
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Old 06-15-2004, 19:10   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Recirculated and Fresh Air switching problems

yeh bad luck mate, you will have to take the whole dash out to fix it. The little arm that comes off the side of the vent will have proberly have broken, unless it is a vacumm leak. can you hear a hissing sound? They are a real bitch to get at.

You could always just put a screw in the vent to force it to recirculate all the time.

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