Heat Actuator replacement instructions needed?

Tiny
SENSEIWKC
  • MEMBER
  • 1997 FORD EXPEDITION
  • 5.4L
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 180,000 MILES
There is a clicking noise that appears to be coming from the console that rests between the 2 front seats. In searching YouTube, it seems like the actuator has broken a gear/tooth and that is what is making the noise. When I adjust the heat to the rear control it does appear to affect the sound, which makes me think that is the issue. When I took it into a local shop, they also thought it was the actuator, but I was told that the actuator was actually behind the front panel and that it would take 6 hours of work to disassemble and reassemble to get to the part. I would like to take these parts apart myself but got stuck rather quickly when I could not figure out how to remove some pieces without breaking them. My questions are. 1 - Is there a way to find out where the actuator actually is located? 2 - Is there a video online that would walk me through taking the car apart to access that part (along with listing any special tools needed). Thanks so much!
Do you
have the same problem?
Yes
No
Monday, December 5th, 2022 AT 10:50 AM

3 Replies

Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
  • MECHANIC
  • 107,635 POSTS
Hi,

Replacing the blend air door actuator really isn't that difficult. The worst part is accessing it under the dash.

To get you started, here is a link that explains in general how one is done:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-blend-door-motor

If you look below, I attached the directions for the removal and replacement of the actuator on this vehicle.

Before replacing it, place your finger on the actuator and see if you can feel the clicking to confirm that it is the correct part.

Let me know if this helps or if you have other questions.

Take care,

Joe

See pics below.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
+1
Monday, December 5th, 2022 AT 7:45 PM
Tiny
SENSEIWKC
  • MEMBER
  • 2 POSTS
Thank you so much! I will try to work on this this weekend. Cheers!
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Wednesday, December 7th, 2022 AT 10:57 AM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
  • MECHANIC
  • 107,635 POSTS
Hi,

You are very welcome. If you have a chance, let me know how things turn out for you.

Take care,

Joe
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Wednesday, December 7th, 2022 AT 3:48 PM

Please login or register to post a reply.

Sponsored links