I will provide more data later on tonight after my redneck fix. Before the fix, after a while of driving, cool air would begin to come out only after 15 minutes. But when I would cycle the car and it would do that 50-second test thing the next time I started the car, and I see taht the actuator has physically been moved all the way to the left by the actuator it blows mild air only. Not as cool as when I turned off the car, and that would only be a couple minutes of off time, like mayby 5.
After the redneck fix and I cycle the car, It still blows miild initially but it will turn cold after 15 minutes. So same behavior before the fix, except I dont have to put up with hot air for the first 50 seconds of the self-test.
When I messed around with the door to rig it, I was able to swing it back and fourth pretty easily. I noticed that it had a spring action before, but that might have been because the metal controller rod was still on it. I was able to swing that thing all the way back between right and left and nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
To summarize, I believe the actuator is still good. When I manually shove the air mix door all the way to the left it does not blow cold, only mild air. It will begin to blow cold air only after 15 minutes of operation. The redneck fix is strictly to eliminate the 50-seconds of hot air blowing in and has not solved my particular problem.
Check out the pics though. Looks like he was able to remove the metal support that keeps us from getting to the actuator.
I didnt remove anything except the glove box, what you saw was just a well-placed camera shot with zoom. But I would be interested if I could remove that damn metal so I can just go ahead and replace everything myself.