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Old 09-24-2010, 12:39 AM
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What shall we do?

The door that is right above the fan broke off at the hinge inside my dad's 2003 Ram the other day. It broke at the hinge and fell right across the fan allowing hardly any air to blow through. It sounded loud, but, nothing was coming out of the vents.

Dropped the fan out from under the dash and pulled that door out, sure enough the tab the the metal rod goes through was broke in half.

But...plopped the fan back in and everything seems to be working fine.

So...what was that door to? And is it worth fixing? How would one go about that?

But, foot, face, and defrost vents all work, and the heat still works fine as well. But, maybe that door went to the recirculated/fresh air?
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it's the recirculation door - without it you are sucking outside air instead of the cabin air. the new door isn't bad (around $40) but it does require taking the dash apart.

replaced the unit in my dad's truck last june
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oh joy.

Do you want to know something funny...

my dads 68 Charger...while the a/c is no longer working, the doors all still move the way they're supposed to and haven't broken...and its 42 years old. Yet his 2003 Ram...ugh.

Quite sad really.

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there are a series of youtube videos about dodge ram HVAC problems & fixes, all done by the same guy, here is the first in that series


also on youtube there are other people with their own fixes
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You don't always have to pull the dash to repair this. You're already halfway there by removing the broken door. Since you could see the broken door, that means you can get to the actuator and remove the two screws holding it on. Once you do that, take a small pair of needle nose vice grips and attach them to the piece where the actuator was attached and pull it out. You can get a new door/housing assembly from the dealer for about $55-60. You do not have to use the new housing which WILL require removing the dash. Instead, disassemble the door assembly like you did with the broken one and install the new door and actuator in the truck.
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actually Randy, the door broke off and was just laying over the fan...we dropped the fan down, turned the door on an angle and pulled it right out...haha. So...no screws were removed.

Does it still sound do-able? Thanks for the write-up regardless...will probably give it a shot either way.

And, thanks everyone else for the replies as well.
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