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can't open heater vent in 328!

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by Crawford, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. Crawford

    Crawford Formula 3

    Mar 5, 2003
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    The vent direction LED switch on the drivers side of my 86 328 is not working (yellow LED's). I can't get any 'blips' to appear and I don't hear the vent director moving from under the dash. I do not get any air blowing either from below or above the dash. Looks like the vent is stuck closed.

    I checked the archives, and took out the switch and sprayed some contact cleaner on it. No luck.

    My other controls all work fine - just the one LED is not functioning and the vent does not adjust. I'm not crazy about spending $850 to replace the switch; could it be something else - possibly the motor that redirects the vents? I do hear a faint click from under the left side of the dash when I press down the rocker switch...

    It's starting to get chilly in Music City and I would sure like to have some heat on the drivers side. If it is this LED switch, can it be repaired??
     
  2. zan

    zan Formula Junior

    Nov 15, 2002
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    Swap switches, see if the problem follows the switch, if it does you know the switch is bad.
     
  3. Crawford

    Crawford Formula 3

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    The switches are not interchangable, if you can believe that!!!

    And the drivers side switch is more expensive than the passenger side (of course).
     
  4. Chiaro_Slag

    Chiaro_Slag F1 Veteran

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    Too bad you don't live close to me - You could drive it over to my house & plop it in my car since it is all apart right now anyway.
     
  5. Crawford

    Crawford Formula 3

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    Yeah, I told my mechanic to let me know next time he get's in a 328 and I'll swap controls to see if it's the switch...

    Irvine, CA would be a bit of a drive!
     
  6. Chiaro_Slag

    Chiaro_Slag F1 Veteran

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    Would be fun though - Get our "non red" 328's together. :)
     
  7. Crawford

    Crawford Formula 3

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    That is a BEAUTIFUL color on your car. Gorgeous!
     
  8. Chiaro_Slag

    Chiaro_Slag F1 Veteran

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    Thanks Crawford - Now if I can finally get done with my month long project, I may even be able to drive it one day. :)

    If it wasn't for the fine folks here at F-Chat, I would have surely given up by now!
     

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