2001 Oldsmobile Aurora not cold

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2001 Oldsmobile Aurora 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 225000 miles

I bought this with a bad compressor, had mechanic put on new one, new reciever dryer, evac and charge system. Under the hood lines are cold, all seems well, but it wont blow cold inside. He thinks it may be something with the bleand doors, but he is a mechanic for a volvo dealer, and does not know about this system. It is an automatic climate control system. Thats all I can tell you. Anything you can tell me?

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Saturday, February 13th, 2010 AT 11:12 AM

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Tiny
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If everything is working with the AC, he is most likely correct. THe blend door, located near the heater core, opens one way for heat and the other for AC. IF it doesn't open, the fan will never blow the cool air into the vehicle. I recommend having that checked. It sounds like that is the problem.

Let me know what you find.

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Saturday, February 13th, 2010 AT 12:59 PM
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Joe, I got your answer a while ago, with the bad weather I will finally get a chance to check it. You say the blend door is by heater core, is that under dash or under hood? Will I be able to open it manually? Or is something in the temp. System need to be replaced to get it to work. Thanks Ken

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Friday, March 19th, 2010 AT 10:25 PM
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IT is hard to say what exactly the cause is. However, usually the actuator is bad. On your vehicle, I believe you will access it from under the dash.

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Saturday, March 20th, 2010 AT 11:52 AM
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Thanks, I hate to keep bothering you, but I need to find this problem, or I feel if I bring it somewhere I don't know I will get ripped off, And I cant afford that right now. Thanks again ken

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Saturday, March 20th, 2010 AT 1:08 PM
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Ken, it's not a problem. If you have questions, that is why we are here. Please let me know if I can help.

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Sunday, March 21st, 2010 AT 1:12 AM
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Hi Joe,
worked for hours looking for the heater core and actuator, they really hid it. I see nothing mechanical I can even push, pull, or move, all is just electrical plugs a maze of them. This is a auto temp control system though. When I worked for ford 100 years ago when cars where simple, Almost! I left the business in 1975, and I do remember changing lots of ATC boxes on the 69 to 75 lincolns. At least they were visiible. Have you got any other thoughts? Not so easy now that I cant grab one from the parts dept, and plug it in. Cars have changed, and I'm glad I'm out of it.I changed a window rigulator today, and at least that was easier than they use to be. Any other suggestions I would appreciate, And of course I'll be happy to send addtl. Funds if you can get me through this. Thanks Ken

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Sunday, March 21st, 2010 AT 6:56 PM
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I tried looking for a picture for you. However, I can't find anything. For some reason when I type in Olds Aurora, I keep getting Chrysler vehicles. I will try again later to see if it working. Also, contact your local dealer to see if they have an exploded view of the system. Usually they will give a copy of it to you. In the mean time, I'll keep trying to get it for you.

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Sunday, March 21st, 2010 AT 9:11 PM
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I tried that to, and couldn't find anything. This car seems very challeging no matter what I do. Never get the right parts, seems like Olds, thru something together on this model. I did call a dealer, and I don't know where your from, but here in NY, there not to people friendly. I just was told in a rush bring it in we can check it for $ 125 Thats' kinda why I'm here. I really that you for all your help. Ken. I'll wait to hear from you.

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Sunday, March 21st, 2010 AT 10:01 PM
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I still haven't found any picture. Does this help:

The blend doors are inside the HVAC module. You have to pull the dash out to get to them. The doors are controlled by electric actuator motors, they take about 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour to change, each.

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Sunday, March 21st, 2010 AT 10:29 PM
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Joe, and you still believe that is the problem? Do you feel confident the blend doos are it? Thanks Ken anything else you think of let me know.

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Sunday, March 21st, 2010 AT 10:51 PM
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I believe it is.

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Monday, March 22nd, 2010 AT 7:15 AM
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I ordered a chilton on line, and best I can tell, it gives me a general location. But as I check the cost on it, at about $104 to $120, it also says a left and right, Do you think I need both? Thanks Ken

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Monday, March 22nd, 2010 AT 4:40 PM
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Do you have the dual climate?

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Monday, March 22nd, 2010 AT 9:39 PM
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No dual climate

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Monday, March 22nd, 2010 AT 9:56 PM
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I have the same problem on my 01 Olds Aurora 3.5. I did find the actuators by removing the panel under the steering wheel (in my case I only have the problem on the driver side, passenger side is cold - dual zone) and you should see the two actuators. Try changin the temp setting while the car is running and you should see the little wheel move.
My question is, if removal of a dashboard and replacing the blend door realisticly is something someone with technical skills (I'm an engineer) but not much practical experience with cars and no special tools can do? I'm trying to decide whether or not I should try to save the $4-600 my mechanic has predicted it will be in labor to remove the dashboard and change the blend door?

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 AT 11:46 AM
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Thanks so much for that info. I have been told by 3 or 4 people the blend door is the problem.I was a mechanic in the late 60s to the mid 70s, for a Lincoln dealer, so I was thinking blend door myself.I had changed many, but they were easy to get to compared to now. Seems this car is very expensive to do anything to, and part are always special order or dealer item, even the radiator hose I blew a week ago, it was a dealer item. Would you believe? I had to adapt a flex hose to work for now and special order the right one. So now I just want to fix this oroblem and sell this car.I've had enough.I am getting a quote tomorrow for the a/c and see if that is it. Price will determine if I fix it or not. I went to trade it in yesterday but with 227,000 miles they offered me $200.00 max $300.00 and didn't even want to look how clean it was. I can get more in scrape metal, or sell it for parts. Thanks again for the input. Ken.

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 AT 5:59 PM
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I was able to locate the heater blender motor. Under the driver side dash, remove the bottom black panel and the kick panel by the gas pedal. Look up towards the center of the console. You will see two similar driver motors. The bottom is the blend motor. The top controls where air is directed. Comes off easy with 2 screws. Remove, turn on car and run temp up and down. Motor should turn smooth. Also check post that motor drives. Will also turn smooth if OK. Oh, it is A LOT easier if you remove the driver's seat. Only take a minute and well worth the ease of access. Drive motor is less than $100 and whole job took me less than 1/2 hour.

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