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HEATER PROBLEMS

2003 Oldsmobile Alero

Heater problem
2003 Oldsmobile Alero 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 56000 miles

My girlfriends Alero heater controls allow only the high speed on heater/ac control and the heat/ac only comes through the vents (not defrost, floor, mix, etc.). From what I've read on the net the blower speed problems can be resolved with a new blower resistor. Fine I can handle that but anybody have some ideas on the lack of vent, defrost, floor controls?

Any help is much appreciated,

Bob

ps

its a wisconsin winter so I need any help to make this work
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Bobshawescape
December 4, 2008.




Hello –

The doors are control by a vacuum hose that is coming off of the intake manifold. I can’t seem to locate that hose so you are going to have to search around. Since all the doors do not work, my guess is that one main vacuum is either not working or disconnected.

I have attached the vacuum diagram for the doors – as you see to the left…..they all work off of the one main vacuum…..that would be my guess.

I have also attached the location for the relay and the resistor.

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ImpalaSS
Dec 4, 2008.
The vacuum hose im looking for is typically a small rubber hose? And coming right off the intake manifold? Sorry to ask but I can't read the writing in the pictures and when I try to blow them up they lose resolution

Thanks in advance,

Bob

Tiny
Bobshawescape
Dec 5, 2008.
The vacuum hoses for the damper control are usually bright colored plastic. Ie red, blue, black, etc. If you can't find a tube like this on the manifold, you may have to get to the back of the selector switch in the dash. Most common problem is loss of vacuum at the manifold or a bad selector control.
I'm in Minnesota, and heat is kinda' important up here. Hope this helps.

Tiny
James W.
Dec 6, 2008.
Bob

Sorry for the delay….I was experiencing some minor technical difficulties…..

Thanks Mr Weizel for assisting. I have attached some more pics for better viewing. The one with the red circle shows that the vacuum comes in from the engine and connects to the HVAC Control Assembly Valve. As you make the selections the vacuum should be present but changes direction and causes the doors to move.

I have attached 4 more pics of the same thing blown up in 4 sections that overlap.

Hope this helps. Let us know if not.

Also please follow the advice of Mr Weizel…. Most common problem is loss of vacuum at the manifold or a bad selector control

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ImpalaSS
Dec 6, 2008.
Hello –

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