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Cold/Hot Temperature Control

Discussion in 'Tech & Repair' started by MelsiesLittleWagon, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. MelsiesLittleWagon

    MelsiesLittleWagon New Member

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    The Cold/Hot temperature knob on my 1997 Escort just goes around in circles and doesn't change the temperature. Right now, it seems to be on Cold, and with winter a few months off, I don't want to wait 'til the last minute to repair it!! Is there a cable that opens a door?? How do I make the control operate properly??
  2. rbailin

    rbailin FEOA Member

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    [copied from your other thread]

    The temp control knob should not turn 360 degrees. Even if the cable is disconnected, it should only turn from full cold to full hot position. Check the cable to see if it's properly clipped to the temp control door. It's the large cable with a 3" diameter black plastic disc at the end about 6 inches to the right and up from the gas pedal. If it's disconnected, check that the door hinge sticking out towards you travels only from the 10 o'clock position (cold) to the 2 o'clock position (hot). Move it to the full cold position, turn the control to the full cold position, and press the end onto the hinge until the plastic tab clicks to lock it in place.

    The temp control cable must be unclipped before you can remove the radio/HVAC header. If someone forgot to do this, the other end of the cable rips away from the temp control on the header. It can usually be snapped back into place after removing the header.
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  3. 4cylinder

    4cylinder FEOA Member

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    you probably broke the cable or one of the parts for the cable when you did a radio install. This is user error as these do not break on their own. You need to understand this so you can figure out where the problem is now.

    you are going to have to take the radio off again and inspect the cable.

    NOTE: the cable is not supposed to be unclipped from the white clip. The cable gets disconnected from the head unit as an assembly. This is where too many people make the mistake and end up breaking the parts for this.

    once you have this off take a couple pictures and provide them here. If you are lucky, the problem is in the cable or the switch part of the cable because these are easy fixes for the problem
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  4. pextor

    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    Depending on your location, someone on here probably has the parts and would do it for you for pretty cheap.
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