My fathers 2006 Ford Explorer only blows AC through dash defrost vents. He took it to Ford and they told him it was a broken" small plastic" piece. They wanted $1000 to fix. What's broke and can I


Asked by Jun 05, 2014 at 11:31 PM about the 2006 Ford Explorer XLT V6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My fathers 2006 Ford Explorer only blows AC through dash defrost vents.  He took it to
Ford and they told him it was a broken" small plastic" piece.  They wanted $1000 to fix.  
What's broke and can I

8 Answers


Blend door actuator,the blend door or both. The plastic piece that connects the actuator to the blend door may be broken.

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Tom Demyan

and or a vacuum line connection. That 1K is a dealership price added to the fact that maybe part of the dash needs to be taken apart, but maybe not. Stop in a couple local mechanic and get a quote from them on the fix, I would be it would be much cheaper.

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The 06 HVAC system is servo driven, so most likely it is a servo motor or door, this type of repair is not for a novice as you need to remove the dash assembly before you can even start the repair. Do what Tom said take to a independent shop you will get more bang for you buck.

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Tracy Hooks

I've patched a couple of these with patience, a sore arm, a crick in my neck and epoxy. To fix it right, the dash has to come out. $1000 sounds like the shop didn't want to do the job.


Don't know about the 2006, but I was able to rig my 2003. There are videos on the net which illustrates how. It may work on yours. I wasn't spending a grand either. Even in So. La. where winter weather is labeled anything at 60 degrees or lower.

Jimmy Edds

Must of what I read is the vacuum lines and there are many other parts that it could be . I have not tried all of the yet , but you can bet I will before I pay anybody anything . Found all information on you tube. I took my wifes pt cruiser to dealer , because all panel lights were out they whated over a 1000 dollars to fix it I took it home cleaned the battery posts and every thing works. Not that this has anything to do with the vents , its just sometimes the simple things should be tried first . I should tell you I am a cheap scape , so I do everything to not have to spend a couple hundred dollars I don't have


I definitely have the small broken piece that works the vents from defrost, vent or feet. Not sure what it's called to check on getting the part. . Does anyone know?

Tracy Hooks

The job is estimated at $1000 because the dash and the heater/AC plenum has to come out of the truck to fix it properly. You may be able to jury-rig something to make it work but it won't last. Most likely, you need to replace the broken "mode" door.

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