02 Ford Explorer Heat Blend Door Actuator Simple Fix - No Tools Needed




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broomballusba12: I want to thank you folks for the support on the video. I will be making a few new videos shortly on the Ford Explorer, The Ford Expedition, and the newest car to the family a 1983 Porsche 944.

Brent Bonnell: Will this work on a 2004 explorer? I'm looking in that area but I don't see a plastic flap.

fastdrive55: Hm, so you have to do this each you wanna switch that crap door :-(

Jim Devitt: Thanks, simple and done. You're the best

Frank McCann: My blend door quit a couple years ago and I found that lever. However, I put a wire tie on it (kind of difficult but worth it, lay upside down and get your head under there enough to see it just long enough to get the wire tie on) and ran the tail out between the crack in the plastic. Now I just have to pull on the end of the wire tie when I want to switch it to heat. Seems to flop back to cool easily when I put the control on cold. Almost invisible and easy to use.

Mike Dallo: Thanks for the video! I managed to get a finger right on the piece inside that's making the noise - it felt like a little heartbeat. Wasn't sure if it was an actual flap, I guess it was? I was trying to get my heat back, but it seemed like it was already all the way up, so I tried doing down, and it fell all the way out of my reach, but now my A/C is working again. Did I do it right? How would I be able to reach it again to get my heat going?

richscary: You sire are a freaking GENIUS!!! Looking forward to more of your videos! Thanks!

broomballusba12: Here is a complete video of the correct and proper way to fix this problem. I did not make this video, however the owner did send this to me. This would take approx 2 hrs to complete should you decide to do this yourself. http://youtu.be/BERmZRDfqPw

Scott Wiedemann: nothing makes me feel all "warm and fuzzy" like being warm and saving money....you did both. many thanks from 1 cheapskate to another

zackaryjames .: Man you just saved me $650 lol

broomballusba12: The flap is along the side, near the metal bar. Don't force anything, the flap is approx 1" x 2"

kelly herrera: Hi can I do this to if my cold air doesn't come out?

KnightBlazer28: Just wanted to give a big THANKS. I just tried this and my heat kicked on instantly.

puftguy1: .....and just think..... if Ford would have spent just a few lousy cent more, they could have built this to never break...but because of their greed, this is the result..... I paid almost 65 THOUSAND dollars for my Town Car and a lot of its parts just sit still in my garage and rot then break !!!... after buying mostly ALL Ford cars in my past...i'll never EVER buy another Ford product. thanx FORD MOTOR COMPANY WHERE QUALITY IS JOB 1 ..... YEAH RIGHT !!!...... THANX FOR THE POST ANYWAY !!

Maverick is back: "You are the man pal... fixed mine same way with black cable ties this morning, WALAAA!! heat" .... two mechanics each wanted $800 to $1000.

Glenn D: I watched the video you saved me a lot of money or time thanks

chris larson: Extremely helpful! You, sir, are a true American. May karma reward you accordingly.

SixFigure Ano: thank you so much! i have been without heat in my 04 explorer for 2 years now and its been horrible but thanks to your video i now have heat! Only took about 30 minutes to fix! i live in florida so i dont need it often but right now its pretty chilly and my late night hot box sessions are miserable because of the cold. Now i can smoke at night in my car in peace and warmth lol thank you!

Tdubbzskis: Dude, you are a great story teller, and should be a comedian! Anyway, my heat on my 03 explorer went out again this morning. It went out year and a half ago and I had already purchased the $65 part and performed the fix once, and I'm not about to drop another $65 bucks.. I'm cheap too man... but I have no wife to call me the other names. Good talk.

Shalisha A. Kennedy: Need help PLEASE! Let me start out by saying I know nothing really about cars. I need heat and can't afford a relax bill. Getting ready to move to a colder state in a couple of days. I think I've found the flap, but regardless of which way i flip it, it still blows out cold. What am I doing wrong? I have a 2006 Ford Explorer. Thank you in advance

tige reese: Great Having the same problem Life saver!!!!!!

ike thomas: thank you thank you thank you save my life!

Billy Whyde: 2007 Sport Trac remove the lower pop off panel( ON PASSENGER SIDE) push pin pull out towards side and slide panel out , listen for click locate the sound place hand of the lever. turn vehicle off turn heat control unit for season (hot or cold) if for heat pull down on the lever if for col AC pus lever up towards vertical. replace panel start and drive after the first time you can do it very quickly. NOTE TELL EVERYONE NOT TO USE THE CONTROL FOR TEMP, USE BLOWER OR WINDOWS TO COMPENSATE, IF YOU MOVE THE TEMP CONTROL SWITCH IT MAY ALLOW FOR THE CHEAP NYLON GEAR TO THROW IT OUT OF POSITION AND REPEAT OF THE FIX IS NEEDED AGAIN..

Edna Patino: thanks for the helpful hint. weather in north texas changes so frequently that this was a quick fix to tide me over until i could replace the motor. to replace the actuator motor, i highly recommend heatertreater.net, redhouseon7th.com and broomballusba12’s YouTube video. i fixed mine today and it works perfectly!

Anna Smith: I have an 02 ford explorer, I was not able to find a flap, but a metal bar. Am I doing something wrong? 

Richard Thomas: I am sitting here LMAO, I was looking at a repair bill of $617.....followed your directions and low and behold....HEAT. Thanks for the video instructions. It did not cost me a penny. It took time to locate the flap to flip down, but other than that "piece of cake"

3rdTryProductions: Fantastic! Took a few tries to figure out what I was feeling for...but I have heat again! I spent that last few years just fiddling with the blower and it would "pop" on its own but that stopped working this year so you were a lifesaver!

Tammy Dressel: Thank you. Worked like a charm. 

Timothy Galford: We did this yesterday and it is now warm. Before when we tried to switch to heat we had a clicking sound, now we have a loud thumping sound. Did we miss something? We had this fixed in the shop more than 5 years ago, trying not to spend another $800 on a 2004 Ford Explorer. Thank You so much for this advice, but does anyone else have the loud thumping now and is there a fix? 

David Brown: I had the same problem but could not find the fix thru the glove box. I looked to the left bottom of the glove box at the heater controls and there is a access panel for the blend door actuator, It took me 2 minutes to use the simple fix. I had instant heat. This was a 2007 Ford Explorer.

nuvesdeplomo: great video ... even a blind mechanic as I am can do it

mtdew332: Thank you for this video! It does take a little to find the flap, and I almost thought I wouldn't. But once you do find it, this is an EASY fix and I'll just flip it back the other way when summer hits....Thank You!

hando619: That worked!! Saved me time and money of taking apart whole dash board. Thanks!.

Tod728: TWO DIFFERENT THINGS-- people are confusing two different problems with heat on their 02 Explorers..... The issue being addressed here in this video is the flap that switches from defrost to floor vent. It is controlled by a vacuum line and diaphragm valve that pulls a rod (actually a flat piece of metal about 3/4" wide and 6" long) connected to the plastic ear that moves the flap. That is what people can reach by accessing the glove box. It only diverts the air from the defrost vents to the floor vents. It has nothing to do with HEAT... it diverts cold air just as well. If you literally have NO HEAT.... then you have to fix the Heat Blend flap (on the bottom of the whole mess, or the blend door actuator (on the left side next to the driver's knee). 

omar peralta: My heat works fine actually just makes noise sounds like a door opening and closing then goes away went put air on high. .thoughts?

Kim James: THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY COLD COLD FEET! Awesome video...save me 700$+...work 3rd shift and have been borrowing my son's car when I can...found the flap instantly and yay!!!! Sometimes it flips back to cold when i turn off the car, but cleaned out the glove box for a 30 second fix! Thanks again!!! Can't wait to see the look on my kids faces when i pick them up from school today!!! Happy Holidays! :)))))

JimmyFromTheBronx: will this work if i want cold air but its blowing out hot?

aera6413: no. its a completely different design/setup from the explorer. its a good chance that with the vic, the last time i looked at a diagram, you will need to pull the dash.

Ross Budd: it is there. dont give up.

Todd bradshaw: Can you do that for constant heat instead of air?

dcbdc1: just to clarify, if I want to switch back over from heat to ac, I will have to repeat this process again?

douglas30635: Thanks for the video ! I just saved a bunch of money by watching this video ! 2003 Explorer has heat !!

broomballusba12: I will post the fix here when I decide to take the time to replace this piece.....it's only a $65.00 part , but will require some time to get to the part without butchering and hacking the plastic interiors as some have chosen to do here. Glad this also worked for you.

Marilyn Prast: Thank you. Ive been without heat for three plus years.

broomballusba12: glad this helped in your ' 06 model as well.......

xavi xav: i am going to have to do my 2001 windstar it clicks when i move the lever to the cold side.

iPointiShoot: Worked perfect for me. I will replace the actuator in the spring when the weather breaks. Not going to take the console out in the winter. Too cold and no heated garage.

jasong146: Any idea if this will work in a Crown Vic?

mtharris63: You are my hero! Worked like a charm!!!!

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