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Old 08-17-2009, 09:33 PM   #1
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Quick question about in-dash vents

My 2005 SMB has Starcool. Since I bought it used, all air output from the dash is from the defroster vents and under the dash. The AC won't put out any air through the front dash vents. I just wanted to confirm with others that this is abnormal before I go to the Ford dealership for repairs. I'm fairly confident that SMB would not do this intentionally, and that I probably have a bad actuator.

BTW I'm going on my longest camp out yet. 8 days in UT with my horses, 250 mile race in 5 days, 7 nights in the SMB!
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:25 AM   #2
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Re: Quick question about in-dash vents

We just had the same problem, it was the vacuum line that switches the flow. Our problem was a rodent of some sort ate through it. Not cover under warranty, total cost to fix $300. I wish I had a garage big enough to keep the SMB inside.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:52 AM   #3
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Re: Quick question about in-dash vents

I had the same problem in my 2001 gasser
ac only thru the windsheild vents
mechanic pulled the dash and some vacum line eaten thru
replaced and all good
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:14 AM   #4
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Re: Quick question about in-dash vents

I don't know about the SMB front axle, but a typical Ford 4x4 uses vaccuum to lock the front hubs (shift on the fly). And the 4x4 system is a frequent source of vaccuum leaks.

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Old 08-20-2009, 08:08 PM   #5
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Re: Quick question about in-dash vents

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all air output from the dash is from the defroster vents and under the dash
I had pretty much the same problem with my new 2004 van -- except it only happened when the engine was under high load (and therefore low engine vacuum), such as when driving uphill.

I took it to a couple Ford dealers (they all claimed this was "normal" behavior), until I found one that fixed the real problem (under warranty) -- a pinched vacuum hose under the dash. These vacuum hoses control the positioning of the various air doors (vents vs. defroster vs. floor) of the heating/cooling system.

Mine works great now.

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Re: Quick question about in-dash vents

could you describe where that line is geoff? my 04 is doing the exact same ting.. even after sending it in for repairs..
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could you describe where that line is geoff? my 04 is doing the exact same ting.. even after sending it in for repairs..
Wish I had more specific information for you, but I didn't make this repair myself. I don't know which line the mechanic fixed.

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Old 08-03-2012, 11:47 PM   #8
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Re: Quick question about in-dash vents

I just had a similar problem in my 2006 -- under load, air stopped flowing through vents, shifting over to the defroster instead. Relax the load, and air flowed from the dash vents again.

In this case, the problem was a crack in a vacuum reservoir under the dash, not a hose. My mechanic said he's seen quite a few of these in Ford vans that are 5+ years old (he does a lot of fleet maintenance).
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could you describe where that line is geoff? my 04 is doing the exact same ting.. even after sending it in for repairs..
Didn't you have that same problem a few years back?
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:21 PM   #10
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I just had a similar problem in my 2006 -- under load, air stopped flowing through vents, shifting over to the defroster instead. Relax the load, and air flowed from the dash vents again.

In this case, the problem was a crack in a vacuum reservoir under the dash, not a hose. My mechanic said he's seen quite a few of these in Ford vans that are 5+ years old (he does a lot of fleet maintenance).
That sounds like a gas engined van. Gasser make no vacuum under heavy throttle (load), while diesels make no vacuum ever. Therefore, diesels have a vacuum pump to run vacuum accessories in the dash and front axle.

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