DIY: Ford Ranger Blend Door Actuator Diagnosis and Repair

May 13, 2017 by  
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Video tutorial on how to diagnose and repair the blend door actuator on a Ford Ranger. The two main issues with a failing blend door actuator is when you adjust the interior temperature on the hvac control panel, you will either hear a clicking sound or the temperature will be stuck on either hot, cold, or won’t adjust the cabin temperature. If you catch the issue in the right time, then it is repairable and you don’t need to buy a replacement actuator. This particular vehicle I am working with is a 1998 Ford Ranger, but a similar procedure may also apply to Mazda B series models as well.

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Tools/Supplies Needed:
-grease
-cloth
-contact cleaner
-blend door actuator
-gear replacement
-multimeter
-standard/flat screwdriver

Procedure:
-as mentioned above the two main issues is you will either hear a clicking sound in the dash when adjusting the temperature or the temperature can’t be adjusted
-it is located behind the glove box
-remove the contents of the glove box, then bend the sides in and pull down
-this will expose the main duct and the blend door actuator is either a white or black box, this will depend if it’s been replaced before or not and is located on the top
-remove the electrical connector, simply depress the tab and pull out
-the electrical connector can be both back probed using a multimeter when in place or disconnected to test the controller circuit
-wiring may vary between the years so check a wiring diagram specific to your vehicle
-the pinout diagram will say which pin location connects to what part of the circuit
-turn the ignition in the run position
-using a multimeter on the lowest DC voltage setting, check to ensure if there is power at the circuit, along with a sufficient ground
-now setting the multimeter to the lowest ohms setting, we will measure the resistance of the potentiometer in the hvac control panel
-values will vary depending on what your cabin temperature is set at
-if it fails any parts of the test, then there is an issue with the hvac control panel or the wiring
-we can simply remove the actuator and inspect if it’s functioning correctly
-to remove it, simply depress the two tabs on the front and use a standard screwdriver to pop it up
-use the assistance of a standard screwdriver to disconnect the actuator
-another issue is that the shaft can break, either on the unit or on the door within the duct
-if the door has broken within the duct, then the duct will need to be disassembled for replacement
-plug the actuator back into the electrical connector, turn the ignition in the run position and test
-rotate the air temperature control and watch to see if the shaft rotates
-it doesn’t have a large amount of movement and won’t move fast either
-using a smaller standard screwdriver, slowly pop the tabs around the outside
-try to hold it apart so it doesn’t clip closed again
-remove the cap and then everything will be exposed inside
-wipe off any old lubricant
-I used a paint marker just to align the gears to make it easier for reassembly
-then remove the gears and continue to clean off the old lubricant
-inspect gears for any damage
-the small gear driven by the motor, I have seen a replacement on Ebay if yours needs to be replaced and it’s much cheaper than buying a new replacement unit
-clean the potentiometer with electronic contact clean and a clean rag
-do not contaminate this area with any oil or grease and inspect for any damage
-ensure the contacts on the shaft gear which run against the potentiometer is cleaner and make sure they ride correctly on the swipe area
-apply lithium grease to the gears and shafts they ride on
-reassemble the gears, lining everything back up and ensure the case is snapped back together
-test to make sure it is working correctly
-for reinstalling the actuator back onto the duct, if you have moved it, then that’s not an issue
-connect the electrical connector, turn the ignition on and then slowly rotate temperature selector, eventually the actuator will fall into it’s slot, then snap the unit back into place
-test again
-push the glovebox back into place by pulling in the sides again

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Ford RANGER Door Lock Cable Repair BEST METHOD

May 11, 2017 by  
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The Best Method to repair Fords Ranger Door Lock Cable by replacing the plastic ends with CNC Machined Aluminum ends–that will outlive your vehicle. http://www.ebay.com/itm/321285543844?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

How to Remove Dents in Door Edges

May 2, 2017 by  
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Shane Jacks uses the Edge Jack tool to remove dents that occur along the edges of doors and other areas that are “double paneled”. The Edge Jack takes the guess work out of removing dents in these areas, speeding up repairs by a great deal. This tool can be used by paintless dent repair technicians and auto body technicians alike. http://www.blendinghammerpdr.com
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Car Repair & Maintenance : How to Replace a Car Door Mirror

Replacing a car door mirror means taking the door panel off by removing several screws and unhooking connectors and rods. Find out how to replace a power mirror that has a harness with help from an ASE-certified mechanic in this free video on auto repair.

Expert: Tom Brintzenhofe
Bio: Tom Brintzenhofe has been a mechanic for more than 17 years.
Filmmaker: Reel Media LLC
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Cobalt Door Won’t Open? Here Is How To fix it.

April 28, 2017 by  
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In this video 1A Auto shows you how to fix a car door that sticks or won’t open when it is unlocked. This video applies to the Chevy Cobalt model years 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, and 10.

🔧 Instructions:

1. Repairing the Lock Mechanism 0:50

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While 1A Auto strives to make the information provided in this video as accurate as possible, it makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or applicability of the content. No information contained in this video shall create any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result. All do-it-yourself projects entail some risk. It is the sole responsibility of the viewer to assume this risk. 1A Auto is not responsible or liable for any loss damage (including, but not limited to, actual, consequential, or punitive), liability, claim, or any other injury or cause related to or resulting from any information posted in this video.

Car door trim how to & tips

March 19, 2017 by  
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This is a relatively simple and straight forward process, but there’s a few things to keep in mind.
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In this video I’m showing you the process that’s needed to repair a power sliding
door on a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. This repair covers quite a few years such as 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006, it also covers quite a few different models of minivans such as the Town and Country and the standard caravan. This repair is for when you have symptoms of the door on the side of the van passenger door that is only opening a few inches when you push your key fob to open the door or when you push the designated button on the overhead console inside the van. Although your power motor for the door may have quit working it’s more likely that the wiring going to the motor under the running board for the rear passengers has broken and the wiring needs repaired. This is an easy simple repair and can be done with very limited tools and experience I will try to show you step by step what’s needed so you can get your power sliding door to work the way it use to.
Thanks for watching!
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