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Old 05-22-2007, 12:19 AM   #11
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Did it have any numbers on it, or just colors? The generic gauges that try to be everything for all cars doesn't always pan out for ours. So, if you have an actual figure, that would give a better idea of the actual charge.
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I didnt see any info on the left side temp actuator, I only saw the one near the glove box. If the system is low on charge will it shut part of the system? I think that the heat blows way hotter on the drivers side and just warm on the pass. and rear. I remember that was going on this winter and I thought it was normal but now Im not sure.
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The kit just has colors, its a autozone special "junk" I noticed It wouldn't add a charge into my system.
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Yes, if the charge is low, it will apparently default to warm on the driver'* side, according to what a tech at a dealership told one of our members.

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Thanks for the link, do you know if its under the dash. I think it may be in the front of the center counsel the link says to remove the knee bolster and sound insulator. Is this a huge job? In your opinion do you think its the actuator or the charge? Im going to try to see if the actuator is operating when I get home from work tomorrow. I just need to try and find a area to view it in operation. Thanks for everything- Ron
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It would be a WAG to chose between the two at this point. If we go strictly by the number of reported issues, it would be the actuator. However, I don't know how many would report about the low freon issue. Considering the cost of the actuator versus the cost of some freon, I'd make sure that the freon level isn't the problem before moving on. See if you can either get a good gauge to test it, or find a shop that has a special going on A/C checkups and have it checked there. I'd say just add more to make sure, but having too much can cause cooling issues, also.

I believe that Pontiac Dad had a problem with that actuator, and trying to remember his description, but I believe that it is toward the center of the dash, about midway up.
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Ok so this was the warmest day yet and the system worked on and off throughout the day like it should I opened the driver vents and ice cold air came out with the pass. side and the rear all working perfectly. I came home a hour ago and it was blowing hot again. I think Im going to try wacking the driver side actuator tomorrow when I expose it.
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I had this crazy idea about adding a zerk fitting to my intermediate shaft. I pulled it this weekend and greased it without any problems I noticed that it had been serviced before because the boot was cut and wrapped with duct tape. When I pulled it apart there was hardly any grease on it. This thing was making nasty clucking noises, it started a month ago and each day got worse. Its like brand new now but I think it will be bad again within a few months though. I want to pull it out again this weekend and tap in a grease fitting in the middle so I can pump in grease. What do you think about this?
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Most repairs/replacements (except for the new design which we don't have much information on as of yet) last at least a year.

Are you thinking of adding the fitting to lube the shaft, or the U-joint? Either way, you'd have to be careful. The U-joint doesn't have a very large area to drill into, and only half of it has an opening all the way through. As for the shaft, it would have to be in a place where the two pieces do not meet. Otherwise, the fitting may be too deep to allow the shaft to compress enough, and the burrs that are left behind will damage the splines.

One way to find out, but remember...if you mess it up - you'll be without your car until you get a replacement.
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