Dash vents do not change positions. 2000 Dakota


Asked by Jun 06, 2015 at 05:15 PM about the 2000 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr 4WD Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Plenty of air flow, but only out of the defrost vents regardless of the switch setting.

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Sounds like the system has lost vacuum. Check for a disconnected vacuum hose running from the intake manifold back through the firewall into the passenger's compartment. When the system loses vacuum it defaults to defrost for safety reasons. HTH. -Jim

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Thanks Jim. I'll get busy looking, now that I have some direction.

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You're welcome. Glad to help. -Jim


I found a small, black plastic vacuum line that was not connected, but definitely had vacuum. Hanging loose on a tee from a larger vacuum line, next to the engine side of the firewall. Need to find it on the inside. Is this were I have to remove the glove box and keep digging?

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Yes. But it appears that it's disconnected on the engine side. Some systems use a vacuum reserve tank. Since you have vacuum on the hose let's assume that all is well under the dash. The vacuum reserve tank will look like a black plastic ball or black plastic box in the engine compartment. Check the vacuum hose routing diagram on the emissions decal that's under the hood. Look for a vacuum line marked "a/c". That should tell you where in the engine compartment to look. HTH. -Jim

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The tee in the above picture actually goes thru the firewall directly below the 2 heater hoses. Fortunately, it broke(or was chewed thru) and left about a 1" stub that I was able to slice the 2 pieces back together using a small rubber vacuum line. Works great. I'll do a better fix later, if it breaks again. Jim, I wish you would let me pay you. Thank you so very much. Ray

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That's awesome, Ray! Very glad you have it fixed! Thanks for letting us know. Lol, the satisfaction of helping you get it fixed is payment enough. Enjoy. -Jim

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