JGONZO. You can't buy that part at any Parts Store. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe at the Ford Dealer near you, but I had to go the nearest Pick N' Pull and pull a dash apart and get it myself. I now have a few, and that's for the lower clip, the one that you use a small flat screwdriver to remove, by pushing it into the cylinder and it kinda pops out. The Top one however, is unreplaceable. That little plastic "finger" that goes down over the metal bar, cannot be replaced. I have on an 02 Ford Taurus, drilled an ultra tiny hole using a micro drill into the stem dot, and placed a tiny pin to hold the bar on. I also glued a cap of epoxy onto the little plastic dot that is left, to further help hold the pin in. That has worked.
However, on my offending 98 Mercury Sable (which I still drive), I had to cut the heater box open and replaced the whole flap door with a new one, that has a metal protrusion, that facilitates the movement of the blend door. Dorman 902-223 is the part. They are a little expensive right now, as I think I paid only $45 this past summer for mine. But, cheaper than the dealer, and better than going without heat.
Note: You have to take the dash completely off, and with an oscillating tool, and a sideways cutter, cut away at the box. It will show you in the instructions how to do it, and then tape up (I used epoxy to ensure its air tight). When you go to take the dash off, TAPE the STEERING WHEEL to itself. Which means, taping the steering wheel so it can't spin on it's own. When I did this job, I let the wheel free spin, and broke the "Clock Spring", which required another trip to the junkyard and a whole lot of extra time and aggravation, as now the cruise and horn wouldn't work, and the airbag light stays on. Just be sure when you take the dash off, to unplug everything you possibly can. Including heater fan, steering wheel, dash lights, upper controls (requires a screw in the center be removed), everything you can, and the lower shifter will be in the way too. That's a lot of fun to remove, but needs to be done, or the dash gets hung up on it.
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 AT 11:25 AM