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Old 01-31-2008, 04:57 AM   #1
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My ECC will heat the car but will not cool it! It all started when I had to replace the water pump, which by the way is a pain in the arse!!!!!!!! Anyways ever since that day it has not worked properly, anybody know why? It is a 1994 pontiac bonneville ssei with 188,000 miles! Still runs great though!
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A/C compressor still good? you got any refigerant in the car?
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:18 PM   #3
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First of all, Welcome to BC, Ziggy!

And....where are your from?

Now that we have those details out of the way, we might need a little more information to diagnose for you.

Does the temperature change at all when your select a lower temperature, or does it just pump out heat?

You say it has not worked "properly" since the water pump change, how so? and did you disconnect the battery when you changed your water pump?

It sounds like it could be a cracked gear in the airmix door actuator. Many here have had the gear crack after a disconnect of the battery. We don't know exactly why, but it may have something to do with the actuator cycling through on start-up and the gear ends up cracking somehow.

If you enter in "airmix" in the Search function at the top of the page, you will get quite a few topics for the airmix actuator issue. To try to see if your actuator is moving when changing temperature, you need to remove the glovebox and look through a small hole in the dash support to see if the actuator rod moves when changing temperatures.

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This pic is looking through the hole, behind the glovebox that shows the airmix door actuator rod in place in the white connector that is attached to the airmix door to determine how much hot/cold air. There is small black plastic box that you can't see that drives that rod. While looking through the hole, adjust your temperature on the contol panel and observe what the rod does. It should move all the way to the passenger side for full heat, and all the way to the driver'* side for full cold. If it binds, pops, or clicks, and doesn't move or moves erratically, then the airmix actuator gear is broken or has failed
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I fixed the problem and just wanted to say thank you for your help!
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I fixed the problem and just wanted to say thank you for your help!
so, what was the fix to this?
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It was a loose ground wire
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Can you tell us which ground wire it was or where is was located for future reference?
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I'm not sure if the ground wire has anything to do with the ECC but when I tightened it, the problem went away. It was the ground wire that screws in to the bracket where the coil packs are. Just underneath the coil packs. I don't know if that makes sense or not but it works now.
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any type of ground problem makes sense, that is why you have to check them all.
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