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Old 11-26-2020, 03:34 PM   #1
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Please help me identify part

Apologies in advance if this posting is on the wrong forum, but I think this is where it belongs. Don't hesitate to direct me to the proper forum, if not.

New (to us) owner of 2003 Ford E350 Sportsmobile. Installing a new stereo and was going to route some wires via the access panel on top of the dash.

Popped it open and found a bit of a mess. Looks like maybe a rodent at some point. Wires to this metal component are completely frayed, so inoperable.

I don't know what it is though.

Appreciate any direction to a resource on econoline wiring or build that may help me identify this and other parts in the future.

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Old 11-26-2020, 04:03 PM   #2
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That's a vacuum thingy for making your AC vents (blend door) work properly. Others here will know all the specifics. I know JWA has posted a lot about fixing it, since it gives some people trouble.

Is your heat/AC and vent system working properly? I kind of doubt it.
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Old 11-26-2020, 05:01 PM   #3
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Thank you. Heat works but haven't tried A/C. Will give it a go.
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Old 11-26-2020, 05:45 PM   #4
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Those aren't wires......they are vacuum hoses.....


You can get vacuum hose at your local auto parts store.


As 86 Scotty mentioned..the metal can has a rubber diaphragm inside..hook up a vacuum hose to it and the suck on the hose.....you should see the actuator move the blend door for the heat/AC.


Buy a few feet of new vacuum line and connect it up..and see what works.
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Old 11-26-2020, 06:52 PM   #5
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Super. Thank you!
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Wow but am I ever LATE here---sorry 'bout that RJS73---hoping I'm not too late.

Here's a link to an article I posted in the Tech Forum for Ford Vans on FTE: https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...-controls.html

If I can aswer any questions or such feel free to PM me!

Again apologies for not paying closer attention to this great forum!
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Thanks, JWA. So very helpful!
I'm planning to work on it this weekend, so great timing. I just need to find a few more key components, and perhaps be a bit creative on parts I can't find.
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Thanks, JWA. So very helpful!
I'm planning to work on it this weekend, so great timing. I just need to find a few more key components, and perhaps be a bit creative on parts I can't find.
Most anything you'd need--that I can think of anyway---should be readily available. Again if needed just PM me and I can most likely help.
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