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Kester 245 on Thu July 12, 2012 2:48 PM User is offline

Year: 2007
Make: Ford
Model: Focus
Engine Size: 2.0
Refrigerant Type: 134a
Country of Origin: United States

Respectfully request advice/ help ! Its stuck in fresh air mode. The switch works and so does the motor because I can hear it whirr when its very quiet. In 2009 I had the EXACT problem. (The car had 35k miles). I let the dealer figure it out since it was just within warranty. Dealer went as far as pulling the dash, and replacing the entire evap / enclosure box. Is there a way to get to whatever linkage is there without the services of a magician ? What should I look for ?

JJM on Sat July 14, 2012 1:49 AM User is offline

You should be able to access air inlet door actuator by removing the glove box only. Actuator comes out with 3 screws. It's Ford part 1M5Z-19E616-AA and it lists for around $35 from your Ford dealer, probably less online. You might want to just try swapping it, they're junk, but you can also try manually moving the mechanism once the actuator is out and check for binding. If still no good, it's the door, linkage, something blocking... which probably means dash removal - which isn't the worst thing in the world.


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Kester 245 on Sat July 14, 2012 9:05 AM User is offline

Thanks I'll look but I bet the linkage fell apart. Last time the dealer replaced the whole thing.

Kester 245 on Sat July 14, 2012 1:13 PM User is offline

Update. I took the motor/actuator out. It works with plenty of torque. Where it keys into (the box) is stripped. And it stripped out for the second time in 4 years because the actuator travel is too far. Me and thousands of other focus cars as I saw numerous complaints. So it will stay that way. The flap moves freely w/o any binding. I guess it has the markings of fine chinese engineering. Kind of like having to put the engine on a chain hoist to swing it fwd in order to remove the alternator. Or removing the passenger wheel & splash shield to access the low side port. HMMMMMMMM.

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