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Old 11-29-2009, 12:10 PM   #1
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Question Climate Controls confusing, no blow thru instrument panel

It'* starting to get chilly here. I've only had this '03 SLE a month and it hadn't occurred to me that I've never felt any air blowing through the dash outlets, just the defrost. So I sat there trying to make it happen. No go. Then I looked in the Owner'* Manual. It shows the expected buttons for Floor, Bi-Level, and Vent, as well as one called Defog.

My controls only have Front, Rear, Outside, Recirc, and AC - as well as Fan Hi/Lo, AUTO, and MODE. As you can see in the attached photo.

I figure the manual is for a regular SE and that the SLE'* system is more advanced.

There'* got to be a way to get heat and AC out the dash vents. Also to activate Defog mode. What is it?
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Press the MODE button a few times. The display will change with the current MODE selected.

Also, each vent can be independently operated with a close or open damper. It'* the little knurled **** under each vent outlet. Try those and the MODE and see if that doesn't make things work right.
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DOH! I would have sworn I checked MODE and drew a blank. Now, though, stepping through it displays and activates the various blower modes. Everything works, and I diddled the vent dampers a bit. I still don't see any symbol resembling the manual'* Defog mode. Also, how do you toggle between Driver and Passenger? Finally, what'* the expected action from AUTO? The display shows Auto-Fan but what'* that?
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The Driver and Passenger controls are for heat and cooling only. To go into DEFOG, you need to press the button on the far left of your controls - it says FRONT.

AUTO will keep the preset heating and cooling that you dial in for the driver and passenger. If it'* hot out, it will add AC. If it'* cold out, it will add heat.
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Thanks again! I wish my manual had this info. Meanwhile, sorry to be dense, but...

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The Driver and Passenger controls are for heat and cooling only.
Do you mean that you can't control Floor, Bi-Level, and Vent for each seat, only the temp? When toggling through the MODES, I kept seeing Passenger on the display. Then, I must have done something (I don't know what) which switched it to Driver. I assumed this meant one could control the modes for each seat. But other than the temperature ***** I don't see how to switch between D and P.

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To go into DEFOG, you need to press the button on the far left of your controls - it says FRONT.
I've done that FRONT button but I assumed it turned Defrost on and off, not DEFOG. Are there 2 settings on the FRONT button?

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AUTO will keep the preset heating and cooling that you dial in for the driver and passenger. If it'* hot out, it will add AC. If it'* cold out, it will add heat.
OK, I guess I 'get' that.
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defog is the second button on the left and that is for mirrors and rear window and yes you can only control the temp on each side aim control is for the entire cabin area
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Thanks. I don't have that Defog button. See above and the picture.

>aim control is for the entire cabin area
OK, makes economic sense. But why then would I see Passenger on the Mode display?
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yes you have the defog thats what i call the rear defroster and the reason it say passenger or driver is for the temp setting usually from the last **** adjusted on either side
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Thanks again. It'* all starting to make sense now...
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ya took me quite a while to get use to that thing in mine i had the dual zone manual in my 04 silverado was much easier
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