2008 Toyota Rav4 heat/ AC ducts

Tiny
POWNAL55
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  • 2008 TOYOTA RAV4
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 30,000 MILES
I left a bag of sunflower seeds in the car. I took it out and noticed a hole in the bag, mouse in the car. I trapped the mouse but he left a problem. When I turned on the defroster I was showered in sunflower seeds, about a cup full. Since then I get seeds each time I use the defroster or the upper vents on the dash. The car has duel zone heat and ac. The defroster and dash vents on the driver side blow cold air, no warm air. On the passenger side it blows warm air but blower is weak. Can I remove the dashboard vent covers and insert a small vacuum hose in to suck out the seeds? How do they come off? Does it sound like wiring damage? Thanks
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Monday, January 11th, 2010 AT 7:50 AM

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Tiny
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Hello and thanks for the donation! Anytime there is a rodent present in a vehicle, most likely there is electrical damage along with them. The only way to know is to remove the dash completely and inspect all the wiring harnesses. As for the seeds, why not just turn the air on HIGH and leave it on until no more seeds blow out. Then vacuum the car up?
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Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 AT 2:31 PM
Tiny
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I did turn the blower on high until all the seeds came out. But running it from day to day produces ocassional seeds and I can here them rattling around behind the dash. The fact that the passenger side blower is weak suggest a blockage somewhere.
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Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 AT 2:44 PM
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Welcome to 2carpros and TY for the donation

Try this be advised its not gonna be easy

Notes

INSTRUMENT PANEL: UPPER INSTRUMENT PANEL: REMOVAL

REMOVAL

TABLE OF BOLT, SCREW AND NUT HINT: All bolts, screws and nuts relevant to installing and removing the instrument panel are shown along with their alphabet codes in the table below.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/12900_ac1_3.jpg



DISCONNECT CABLE FROM NEGATIVE BATTERY TERMINAL CAUTION: Wait at least 90 seconds after disconnecting the cable from the negative (-) battery terminal to prevent airbag and seat belt pretensioner activation.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/12900_ac2_2.jpg



REMOVE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER FINISH PANEL SUB-ASSEMBLY
(a) Using a screwdriver, detach the 4 clips, 6 claws and remove the instrument cluster finish panel.
HINT: Tape the screwdriver tip before use.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/12900_ac3_1.jpg



REMOVE COMBINATION METER ASSEMBLY
(a) Remove the 2 screws.
(b) Pull the combination meter as indicated by the arrow in the illustration to detach the 2 clips.
(c) Disconnect the connector and remove the combination meter.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/12900_ac4_1.jpg



REMOVE NO. 2 INSTRUMENT CLUSTER FINISH PANEL CENTER
(a) Using a screwdriver, detach the 3 clips, 3claws and remove the cluster finish panel, then disconnect the connector.
HINT: Tape the screwdriver tip before use.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/12900_ac5_1.jpg



REMOVE NO. 1 INSTRUMENT CLUSTER FINISH PANEL CENTER
(a) Using a screwdriver, detach the 3 clips, 3claws and remove the cluster finish panel, then disconnect the connector.
HINT: Tape the screwdriver tip before use.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/12900_ac6_1.jpg



REMOVE RADIO RECEIVER
(a) Remove the 4 bolts.
(b) Detach the 4 clips, remove the radio receiver and then disconnect the connectors.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/12900_ac7_1.jpg



REMOVE INSTRUMENT PANEL REGISTER ASSEMBLY CENTER
(a) Using a screwdriver, detach the 5 clips and remove the instrument panel register.
HINT: Tape the screwdriver tip before use.

REMOVE GLOVE COMPARTMENT DOOR ASSEMBLY See: Lower Instrument Panel Removal
REMOVE FRONT PILLAR GARNISH LH See: Headliner Service and Repair Removal
REMOVE FRONT PILLAR GARNISH RH See: Headliner Service and Repair Removal
REMOVE UPPER INSTRUMENT PANEL


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/12900_ac8_1.jpg



(a) Remove the 2 bolts from the passenger airbag.
(b) Disconnect the passenger airbag connector.
(c) Remove the 2 bolts and 2 screws.
(d) Disconnect the connectors and clamps.
(e) Detach the 6 clips and 5 claws and remove the instrument panel.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/12900_ac9_1.jpg

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Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 AT 2:53 PM
Tiny
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Okay, well then it will definitely need disassembled. Follow these steps to gain access to the vents..

Disconnect negative battery cable
Remove instrument cluster finish panel sub-assembly by using a screwdriver to detach the 4 clips & 6 claws then remove the instrument cluster finish panel. (Tape the screwdriver tip before doing this to prevent damage)
Now remove the combination meter assembly by removing the 2 screws. Pull the comb. meter as indicated by the arrow in the picture below to detach the 2 clips
Disconnect and remove the combination meter..


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/261618_Graphic_266.jpg



Remove number 2 instrument cluster finish panel center by using the screwdriver again to detach 3 clips & 3 claws then remove the finish panel and disconnect the connector.
Remove number 1 instrument cluster finish panel center same way as number 2..
Remove radio receiver by removing 4 bolts and detaching 4 clips. Now radio should come out, disconnect connectors.
Now remove instrument panel register assembly center by using screwdriver to detach the 5 cilps.
Next remove the glove compartment door and both front pillar garnishes. (Pillar garnishes have 10 claws that need detached)
Last remove upper instrument panel by removing 2 bolts from passenger airbag. Disconnect airbag connector. Remove 2 bolts and 2 screws. Disconnect the connectors and clamps. Detach 6 clilps and 5 claws and remove instrument panel.

You should finally have access to the ducts now.
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Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 AT 2:56 PM

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