Last post on Jan 31, 2011 at 6:34 AM
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Mazda MAZDA5, Heating / Cooling, Van
#3 of 12 Re: Issues sliding back seat back and with rear heat vent. [amterrio]
Jan 24, 2011 (8:24 am)
The rear vent in the middle is for AC/cold air only. The rear heat comes from vents located underneath the front seats, so keep the second-row footwells clear. See the manual for details.
#4 of 12 Re: Issues sliding back seat back and with rear heat vent.
Jan 24, 2011 (8:29 am)
When I pull up on the lever it goes forward a few inches but will not slide all the way back. I can see that there is at least 6 inches of track for it to slide back on but something appears to be stopping it.
As for the vent, I did a bit more research and found out that the rear console vents are for AC only.
Thank you very much for your reply.
#5 of 12 Re: Issues sliding back seat back and with rear heat vent. [daharon]
Jan 24, 2011 (8:27 am)
Thank you. I did a little research and that is exactly what I found out (like 10 minutes ago).
I appreciate your response.
#6 of 12 Re: Issues sliding back seat back and with rear heat vent. [amterrio]
Jan 24, 2011 (9:04 am)
If you can move it forward, then obviously the cable is OK. Pull it all the way forward and check the tracks. If you still can't see anything ..... well, if it was me, I would unbolt the seat to check the tracks thoroughly from underneath.
#7 of 12 Re: Issues sliding back seat back and with rear heat vent. [qbrozen]
Jan 24, 2011 (5:47 pm)
I checked the tracks after I saw this and there does not seem to be anything obstructing them. I did notice that the lever is kinda loose compared to the seat that actually works.
I have to go to the dealer to get and inspection sticker anyway so when I scheduled that I also asked that they fix the seat. I'll let you know how it goes.
Thank you for your time =)
#8 of 12 rear ac vents
Jan 25, 2011 (10:03 am)
I'm just wondering if you have the airflow set to the dash vents in the front with heat coming out of them, won't that also put heat out of the 2nd row vents? I'd think the 2nd row vents are just linked to the front dash vents? Could/did someone try.... On my previous Freestyle, the rear vents blew out the same air temp as the front dash vents. Of course if you have the front setting to blow heat only to the floor, I can see why the 2nd row vents are blowing cold air.
#9 of 12 Re: rear ac vents [bobw3]
Jan 25, 2011 (10:25 am)
While it sounds like that would make more sense, bobw3, for whatever design reason the rear vent functions as the manual describes: cold air only, regardless of what the front row setting is, floor, dash, defrost, whatever.
The second row heat is provided by vents hidden underneath the two front seats, and appears to deliver the same heated or vented air that the front vents are. The AC has a separate route to the rear center vent.
#10 of 12 Re: rear ac vents [daharon]
Jan 25, 2011 (3:04 pm)
daharon, you are correct. The rear vents are AC only. There are vents underneath the front seats for heat as you stated.
So far I have had no complaints about the back being cold so I guess the under-the-seat vents do the trick.
I'm pretty psyched to have rear AC because my boy minds the heat tremendously in the summer.
Thanks for the input!
#11 of 12 Re: rear ac vents [daharon]
Jan 31, 2011 (6:20 am)
It does seem like a complicated design to me. Up front on most cars, heat or AC can come out of any of the vents (floor or dash), and on most cars with rear vents between the front seats they're linked to the dash setting up front. With the Mazda5, I guess if you had heat coming out of the front dash vents in the winter, there must be some flap blocking that air from coming out of the rear vents, unless the AC button is pushed. It seems like it would have been a simpler and better design just to have the vent pipes linked.
#12 of 12 Update on back seat
Jan 31, 2011 (6:34 am)
I took the car in to be serviced at the dealer and it turns out the tracking is broken somehow. Luckily the car is still under warrenty (through the dealer) so they will order the part and fix it for me. It will still cost me $100 but I suppose that is better than paying $750, which is how much they claim the part costs.
Thanks for everyone's input.