Blend Door Actuator problem
There seems to be a problem with the blend door actuator in my car. I took it into Firestone to have it serviced and for them to check on the A/C as to why it's not working. Before I go into details, I want to explain the experience I've been having.
- A/C turns on and runs fine
- A/C has been recharged and checked for leaks
- Thermostat does not control levels of heat or cold
- Still have control of vents (floor, top, defrost)
- Hot air blows out constantly
- When A/C is on or heat is on it blows HOT air
Okay, so now you know what I've been experiencing.
The Firestone manager said there is a problem with my blend door actuator that controls the A/C core. He said to get to the actuator they are going to have to remove my dashboard. This, he said, will be a 6 hour process and will cost me over $600 for the labor/service. Once they get to the actuator, he said it's either one of three things. The actuator door is stuck in a closed position and need to be tampered with, the actuator has been unplugged or the actuator is broken.
Have any of you experienced this problem? I've searched the forum and found nothing on blend door actuators. Is it possible that I'd be able to remove the dashboard by myself (with help from friends) and fix it. Is the shop overcharging me on this service?
// 2008 Mazda3 5-Door
// 2002 Nissan Sentra SER (Sold)