OK. So today—after taking a break for nearly a week—I finally got the sixth (air scoop) pod near the accelerator pedal done. Eureka! It was a bit¢h, because the old pod had exploded and I couldn't get its base (the black part) out of the mount because I had no leverage! hehe. I used a cutter pliers to just cut the crap out of it until it just fell out.
said, the crash bar is key. And the weird thing is that you don't really remove it. But you have to remove the three bolts that secure it—one of which is behind the instruments and hence why removing the cluster is required—in order to just budge it maaaaybe a quarter-inch so you can squeeze the new pod's pink base (its widest part) into position. Then, you have to do some trickery with your MightyVac because the pod's actuator arm is too long to meet the flap's ferrule, so you have to suck it down an inch or so in order to get it aligned. But as I mentioned before, the working space is so darned tight that it really helps to have small hands. Which I lack. However, I prevailed. Persistence wore down the resistance.
However, all is not one hundred percent. It's my understanding that in the "standard" mode (middle button on the climate control selector), cold air is directed through all the front vents. So far so good, and I'm really happy about that. I now have center vent air—something which I didn't at all have before. But it's also my understanding that in "standard" mode, no cold air is supposed to be directed to the windshield. Such is still not the case; while I have good air flow from the front, a noticeable amount of refrigerated air is still blowing up to the windshield through the defroster vents when in AC or Bi-level mode.
Given that all the pods are new and I know them to be functional (i.e., not leaking), should I next suspect that the solenoid switchover valve is faulty?
Any of you gurus out there know what to do next? My self-taught experience here suggests that it's one of three things:
- Switchover valve
- Climate control master panel (with the temp selector)
- Faulty flap(s)
It strikes me that of those three, the only moving parts lie with the switchover valve and the flaps, and it seems to me the flaps are less likely to be the culprit.