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Old 08-20-2007, 06:26 AM   #1
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The blend door motor has failed.How do you remove it ??It appears that the airbag will have to be removed to get to it .How do you remove the airbag assy.??
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Please put your year and model in your signature so we know what you have.

I'm ASSUMING you have a 92-99. Whenn we know, we'll move your topic to the proper location.

Remove the HVAC programmer and reach up there 'blind'. You can do it laying on the floor with your feet over the seat. I've done 3 this way. You'll need the knurled 'thumbdrivers' for the two hex screws that hold hit in place. It may help to shorten the socket you use as well. Vertical clearance is very tight.
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Not sure why this hasn't hit Techinfo yet..

Here'* SSE Motorheads write up.
http://www.trialsnuts.com/ecc_upgrade.pdf


I followed it and it'* solid. I didn't find the need to lengthen the wiring. Although it appears that 92-93 (Stan'* year) might have shorter wires than 96+ (ones I worked on)
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[quote="willwren"]Please put your year and model in your signature so we know what you have.

I'm ASSUMING you have a 92-99. Whenn we know, we'll move your topic to the proper location.

Remove the HVAC programmer and reach up there 'blind'. You can do it laying on the floor with your feet over the seat. I've done 3 this way. You'll need the knurled 'thumbdrivers' for the two hex screws that hold hit in place. It may help to shorten the socket you use as well. Vertical clearance is very tight their is a steel bar in front of the motor. do you know how to take the air bag out? it appears that would be easy access to the motor.Do you have to time the new motor? I will take it out this weekend. thought their might be an easy way. thanks cordelljd[/b]
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The only way to remove the airbag is to remove the entire dash. That thick metal bar is also part of the dash structure.

Please look at the link I posted above for the best known way to get to the actuator w/o removing the dash.

Although..removing the dash isn't hard...just time consuming.
Remove console if equipped
Remove 4 or so 8mm bolts along top of dash
Remove glove box
Lower steering column
Remmove 4-8 other nuts/bolts that hold the dash
Unhook a few connectors for wiring
Get two guys to lift/jocket dash out of car.

Then the actuator is easy to get to.
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Please look at the link I posted above for the best known way to get to the actuator w/o removing the dash.

Although..removing the dash isn't hard...just time consuming.
Remove console if equipped
Remove 4 or so 8mm bolts along top of dash
Remove glove box
Lower steering column
Remmove 4-8 other nuts/bolts that hold the dash
Unhook a few connectors for wiring
Get two guys to lift/jocket dash out of car.

Then the actuator is easy to get to.[/quote] Hi,thanks for the help and fast response. The programmer will not come out.I disconnected the vacuum manifold and the computer harnes.Their is a harness that hooks to the top of the of the programmer,Their is no way to get to this plug.not enough slack in the harness to lower it.The air discharge duct is in front of the programmer . no way to remove this duct,it extends all the way to the driver side.I am thinking about cutting the metal bar and putting it back with a doubler.what do you suggest thanks cordelljd
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I stuffed my arm/hand up and pressed on the tab for the wiring. With the wires on the tip of my finger..I pushed in toward the drivers side and up... It came right out. It'* a tight fit for sure. You could reach in through the glove box and snip the wires..then add in some extra length like Stan suggests in his procedure.
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