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#270 of 536 2004 Ford Explorer Heat Control problem
Jan 24, 2010 (9:52 am)
I have a 2004 Ford Explorer that had a heat control problem that I was able to fix easily in my garage in about an hour.
The problem was that I was not getting heat from the defroster when I turned the heater control knob to defrost. Heat only come out of the front vents no matter which position I selected. I removed the glove box so I could inspect under the dash, and noticed in the upper left hand side of the heat box that a control arm was not connected to the blend door that controls heat direction. It appeared that a plastic boss had broken off and a control arm mechanism and the actuator lever was no longer attached.
•Drill a 1/8 hole through the control arm mechanism where the plastic boss had broken off.
•Using a self tapping 3/4” long screw to re-attach the control arm to the actuator.
•Please use extreme caution when hand tapping the screw through the control arm mechanism, it is possible to crack the plastic.
•Check for proper function of the heater directional control knob.
#271 of 536 Re: 2004 Ford Explorer Heat Control problem [albert911]
Jan 24, 2010 (3:01 pm)
Thanks for the tip. That hasn't happened to mine yet, but it stopped throwing heat until I was able to open the blend door by going thru the glove box....thanks to a tip on this site.
#272 of 536 Re: Ford Explorer AC compressor not working [teded]
Feb 08, 2010 (6:01 pm)
Can any one help with this problem please?
#273 of 536 Re: 2004 Ford Explorer heat problems [taz15]
Feb 11, 2010 (3:54 pm)
I have a 2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer that we purchased new (as a left over). When you put it on mix (Floor & defrost) it appears OK, but sounds like something is not opening completely. When we put it on defrost, nothing changes & the air levels stay the same. During on recent snow storm, the top 1/2 of the windshield fogged up on the inside & ice built up in the same area on the outside (It never got any better & I had to stop many times scraping the outside & wiping the inside along with some cold air coming in under the glove box). I have complained about this for many years & over these years the Ford dealer has replaced the ductwork & still no positive results(While it was under warranty). A few years ago(during the last attempted fix or repair), I spoke with the factory rep. & was told that Ford was aware of this problem, but that there was nothing that they could do & that it was "just the nature of the vehicle". She also told me that this was a problem on the 2004 & 2005 explorers. I tested a 2005 (that happened to be on the lot) & yes, it was the same. I am concerned that an accident may happen due to this problem that Ford has acknowledged & after all these many years has not found a fix. My feelings are that they really don't care as they have received their money. QUALITY JOB 1????
#274 of 536 Re: 2004 Ford Explorer heat problems [rabbitt1]
Feb 11, 2010 (6:25 pm)
Look at article #270 posted on Jan 24th 2010 and it will give you some information on a possible fix for your defroster. Also, once you pull the glove box door down by pulling the side arms in, you can see a round vacuum diaphragm with a lever on it. You can try to move the arm and see if it will change the direction from floor to defrost. I did that with mine.....
#276 of 536 2004 Ford Explorer
Mar 03, 2010 (4:16 pm)
clusterbuster....I have a 2004 explorer...i see the diaphragm you are talking about. my thing is were is all the air coming from on the right side fire wall. does that have something to do with that broken piece? Please and thanks for any help.
#277 of 536 Re: 2004 Ford Explorer [cinybet]
Mar 03, 2010 (5:07 pm)
Sorry, Don't know where it is coming from. Others on this site have described the same problem with cold air coming around glove box area. Wish I could help, but can't.
#278 of 536 2002 ford explorer blend door replacement!!!!!
Apr 06, 2010 (6:42 pm)
someone please tell me the best way to get to and replace my faulty blend door on my 2002 ford explorer.
#279 of 536 Re: Vent Problem [kaycee1]
Apr 12, 2010 (3:01 pm)
My 1995 is doing the same thing. Did you find anything out about it?