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Dorman - OE Solutions HVAC Air Door Actuator

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Re-engineered with robust materials to improve durability and performance, our HVAC Heater Blend Door Actuators restore and maintain proper functioning of the HVAC Heater Blend Door.

Product Features:
  • Direct replacement for a proper fit every time
  • Recommended for replacement during blend door replacement
  • High quality plastic housing and motor/circuit board included
  • Dorman’s quality testing ensures year after year of trouble-free service
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Activation Type:Electrical
Location:Driver Side
Material:Plastic
Package Contents:Actuator

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Dorman - OE SolutionsHVA/C Air Door Actuator
 
4.3

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (17)
  • Durable (7)
  • Lightweight (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Replacement (13)
    • Everyday driving (11)
      • Car & Truck:
      • Casual driver (7), Auto enthusiast (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Auto enthusiast (4), Casual driver (4), Mechanic (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Easy to install

    After doctoring up the original part last year I now needed to replace this part this year. I know everything that I read obout installing this part said to take out the radio so...Read complete review

    After doctoring up the original part last year I now needed to replace this part this year. I know everything that I read obout installing this part said to take out the radio so you would have a nice easy straight shot to install this. personally it was more a pain to do that. All I did was take out the ashtray/cup holder, take off the wrap around shroud on the bottom and the glove box. Reached up unplugged the Actuator put my small ratchet with a 5/8" socket on the 3 bolts and took them out. Pulled the old part out, put the new part up just the opposite way and proceeded to put everything back together. Total time to do all this maybe an hour if your lucky. Good thing I didn't have to rely on the Haynes manual for this as it doesn't have anything on this to reference. Over all this is not a hard fix it and saving around 200-300 dollars is great. Now my wife has heat for the winter.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Chilly air door order

    Once I found the source of the clicking under the dash of my 2000 windstar was one of these and that Advance had them I thought great ordered it online paid online picked it up...Read complete review

    Once I found the source of the clicking under the dash of my 2000 windstar was one of these and that Advance had them I thought great ordered it online paid online picked it up next day and installed works perfectly now my wifes van has heat and defrost working again.. my issue is with attitude of clerk implying that the discount i got by buying online undercut there over the counter price and that I should pay the over the counter price to support my local parts store I'm sure in this economy even a small savings can be helpfull to all.

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    5.0

    perfecto, works great

    By mr know it all

    from new york,ny

    About Me Casual Driver

    Verified Buyer
    Level 1

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Install

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Driving

      Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions HVA/C Air Door Actuator:

      perfect fit

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      5.0

      got heat ???

      By busted knuckles

      from china grove NC

      About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

      Verified Buyer
      Level 1

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Driving
        • Replacement

        Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions HVA/C Air Door Actuator:

        perfect fit

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        5.0

        Replaced several with these

        By Redneck

        from Kansas City, MO

        About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Replacement

          Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions HVA/C Air Door Actuator:

          I've now installed 3 of these units within two weeks. If you have heat in the back of the van but none in the front, take a look at these. Pull the cubbie below the cup holder by pulling the clips on the sides. Pull the cup holder out as if in use. Use a 8mm socket with ratchet to dismount the motor and unclip the wiring. Plug in the new motor and rotate the shaft by moving the temp levers to cold. Install everything in reverse order. That is pretty much it in a nut shell. Takes me about 10 minutes each time now and happy customers.

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          4.0

          Shouldn't be made of plastic

          By Chris

          from Daytona Beach, FL

          About Me Mechanic

          Verified Buyer
          Level 2

          Pros

          • Easy To Install

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday Driving

            Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions HVA/C Air Door Actuator:

            Ford should have made the plastic gears out of something a little more durable, but atleast dorman made an alternative that is more reasonably priced.

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            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Worked but didnt last.

            Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions HVA/C Air Door Actuator:

            Used this item to replace a faulty factory part (clicking & wouldnt switch).
            It started clicking again after a few months & need to replace it.

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            (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            1999 Windstar Blend Door Actuator

            By Spots

            from South Central Kentucky

            About Me Auto Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer
            Level 2

            Pros

            • Perfect Fit

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Replacement

              Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions HVA/C Air Door Actuator:

              Symptoms of a failed actuator are a clicking sound from behind the center console and inability to get any warm air out of the heat ducts. The clicking sound changes when the heat/cold temperature adjustment is moved. The replacement actuator bolted right back in place of the failed unit. Removing dash components to get to the actuator consitutes the majority of the work to replace this part but it is more than worth it to get some heat on a cold winter day. Search the web for installation videos to help you get started. The actuator has been in use for a week with no problems so far.

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              (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Chilly air door order

              By newgrampa

              from St. Marys, Ohio

              About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver, Mechanic

              Verified Buyer
              Helpful Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Install
              • Lightweight
              • Perfect Fit

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday Driving
                • Replacement

                Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions HVA/C Air Door Actuator:

                Once I found the source of the clicking under the dash of my 2000 windstar was one of these and that Advance had them I thought great ordered it online paid online picked it up next day and installed works perfectly now my wifes van has heat and defrost working again.. my issue is with attitude of clerk implying that the discount i got by buying online undercut there over the counter price and that I should pay the over the counter price to support my local parts store I'm sure in this economy even a small savings can be helpfull to all.

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                (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                I would buy this product again.

                By Lou

                from Illinois

                About Me Casual Driver

                Verified Buyer
                Helpful Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Install
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday Driving

                  Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions HVA/C Air Door Actuator:

                  Much needed item for the winter.

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                  (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Worked Perfect

                  By Octothorp23

                  from Ringoes, NJ

                  Verified Buyer
                  Level 2

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions HVA/C Air Door Actuator:

                      Thanks to the help of some youtube videos I was able to intsall it without any issues. Just make sure you pick up the radio remoal tool before starting.

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                      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      It works.

                      By Pastor Eric

                      from Palatka, FL

                      Verified Buyer
                      Level 2

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Replacement

                        Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions HVA/C Air Door Actuator:

                        This part is a direct replacement for my '03 Windstar. The only difficult part was its placement/location in the vehicle. Does exactly what it is supposed to do.

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                        8 Questions | 11 Answers
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                        • Q:

                          no heat in the front but do have heat in the back.
                          Asked on 10/10/2011 by trudy from middle river, md.

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            In order to help you in a better manner, please be more specific on your query.

                            Answered on 10/11/2011 by Steve from AAP
                        • Q:

                          My 1999 windstar blows cold air from the rear; and Hot air from the front. is the blend door sticking or do i replace it.
                          Asked on 7/13/2011 by chevyford extreme from Hoboken,NJ

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            I would suggest taking your vehicle to a certified mechanic for a proper diagnosis before buying and having parts installed that may not (solve/be) the problem.

                            Answered on 7/15/2011 by Instant Answers Ian from AAP
                        • Q:

                          how long is the warranty for this part?
                          Asked on 7/1/2011 by chunk from illinois

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            This product has limited life time replacement. The warranty is valid for the stated period of time printed on your Invoice and Order Confirmation email provided you were the original purchaser of the part and you still own the vehicle on which it was installed. This warranty cannot be transferred to anyone at any time. Parts installed on commercial use vehicles are warranted for 90 days from the date of purchase

                            Answered on 7/2/2011 by Vincent from AAP
                        • Q:

                          i just replaced this actuator to y wifes van last year. and here i am again with the same problem. is this normal???
                          Asked on 6/16/2011 by chilli dawg from miami beach florida

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            It might the same problem. However, I would suggest taking your vehicle to a certified mechanic for a proper diagnosis before buying and having parts installed that may not (solve/be) the problem.

                            Answered on 6/30/2011 by Steve from AAP
                        • Q:

                          my windstar van knocks when I switch from cold to heat is this the part I would need dont get heat when switching from cold to heat. part is HVAC heater blend door actuator
                          Asked on 1/15/2011 by kevin from pittsburgh, pa

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            In order for us to further assist you would you please provide us with the year and engine size of your application?

                            Answered on 2/3/2011 by David the Dynamite Parts Guy from AAP
                        • Q:

                          in my ford winstar the heater no work only cool air go out ; this piece fix this problem
                          Asked on 12/8/2010 by Anonymous

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            Possibly. With out the presence of your vehicle we would not be able to properly diagnose it. We would suggest taking your vehicle to a certified mechanic for a proper diagnosis.

                            Answered on 12/9/2010 by Mike the Auto Parts Master from AAP
                        • Q:

                          How long does it take to change this part?
                          Asked on 8/24/2010 by Tony the toolguy from Bridgewater, NJ

                          4 answers

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                            A:

                            If you are a do-it-yourself mechanic, it will most likely take a few hours to do.

                            Answered on 8/24/2010 by Mike from AAP
                          • VERIFIED BUYER

                            A:

                            Tony, It took me about an hour. If you are familiar with location, others have said 30-45 mins. I have very little experience, but I always do online research as this usually gives detailed instructions, location of parts, how to's and hints. Some sites even show detailed pictures from others who replace the parts. I am a 52 yr old woman who will try to fix it myself before I will pay to have it done. I figure if it's already broken, I can't really do much more damage. This was replaced in my boyfriend's van, although I replaced the blower motor in my cavalier last year. Similar job. Make sure you have the radio removal tool-very easy to take out radio with this.

                            Answered on 10/15/2010 by Escargot58 from Cheektowaga, NY
                          • VERIFIED BUYER

                            A:

                            Not very long and it all depends on which way you are doing it. It took me longer to do it going through the front with the radio than it did going from under and behind the radio. If your pretty proficiant at fixing things and hour or so is all it should take.

                            Answered on 10/18/2010 by Redwings from Neenah, Wisconsin
                          • VERIFIED BUYER

                            A:

                            Personally, with the aid of my wife and her much smaller hands, it took about an hour to an hour and a half. We removed the radio, and the HVAC control unit along the with the cover for the whole radio and HVAC area. Once inside, it took some maneuvering, but we were able to fit some wrenches in the back where the part is located, get the broken one out and fit the new one in.

                            With enough experience in this area, you could do this job in less than an hour, maybe even 30 minutes.

                            Answered on 12/6/2010 by JDML from Federal Way, WA
                        • Q:

                          Howhard is it to replace this part ?
                          Asked on 10/8/2009 by mike from Pittsburgh, Pa

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            This would depend on your automotive experience in the A/C system. If your new to this area I would suggest that you visit your local store and purchase a Haynes Repair Manual
                            for your perticular vehicle. It will take you step by step through the process of installing this part.

                            Answered on 10/8/2009 by Rob from Advance Auto Part
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