1998 Ford Windstar Front is air conditioned, back is heat

Tiny
CAKEWALKR7
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  • 1998 FORD WINDSTAR
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 110,000 MILES
Our van seems to output air in the front but when you turn on the air for the back (both front and back controls) it always pours out heat. What could I check? Thanks.
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Saturday, May 10th, 2008 AT 9:59 PM

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Tiny
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I just replaced the rear heat/ac control switch on the front dash panel and fixed the problem where the front a/c worked fine, but the rear air conditioner blew hot air.

The switch cost $30 from the local Ford dealer. When I bought the switch from the Ford dealer the Parts guy told me (years back) they sold/replaced a ton of these since they were a known problem.

It took me less than 1 hour to pop off the dash panel, replace the old switch & reinstall the panel. I am no mechanic, just had the desire to try it myself and not pay the mechanic about $200 to replace.

The steps I took were:
-I opened/pulled out the "cheezy" cup holder
-Removed the cup holder completely, by pushing down on a tab on the top of the cup holder with a small screwdriver. You have to get down close to the floor and look at the top of cup holder to see the tab
-Removed the 2 screws that fastened the panel to the dash
-Removed the front dash panel, by using a small screw driver to pry back the panel (just a bit) so I can get my fingers behind the panel and jerk the (6 or so) tabs from their holes
-With panel removed, I unscrewed 4 screws that held the switch plate in place
-Removed 1 screw to remove rear a/c switch from the switch plate
-Pulled out the 2 a/c contacts from the switch
-Plugged in the new switch with the 2 contacts and immediately tested before reassembling

And voila it worked!
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Sunday, May 11th, 2008 AT 2:31 PM
Tiny
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Thank you. I will give that a try.
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Sunday, May 11th, 2008 AT 9:09 PM

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