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Well I'm removing the dashboard on my 1984 500 SEC to replace all the acuators and replace any bulbs that are not functioning. It looks to be a royal PIA, but it must be done. I have the manual which is very helpful. I will post pic of my progress
 

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I don't believe that you have to remove the dashboard for that. the front and sides of the console will have to be opened up, but I'm about to do the same thing and I'm not planning on removing the dash. I could be wrong, but gonna try rebuilding all the actuators and repairing the dash (cracked) with it in the car.
 

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When one of you guys open things up, I would like to understand how something works. I'd like to know what connects and what activates that little door that turns air on and off on the driver's feet. if you could send a pic, or describe it, I would be grateful. Thank you.
 

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How much work is it just to replace bulbs in the rev counter side,and to get to the clock for inpection and repair?
 

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im pretty sure someone posted a thread on replacing all the bulbs. ill look for it in a second.
 

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4 hours and she is out. to replace all 6 actuators dash removal is necessary
 

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sorry about the blurry pics WTF
Jonathan I need parts
all 6 actuators have different part #'s
 

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Can you snap a photo of inside the flapper door near the driver side foot vent? Can you take a look inside and tell me what holds that damn door closed when heat is blowing? Thanks!
 

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BenTwombly - 4/20/2006 1:54 PM

Can you snap a photo of inside the flapper door near the driver side foot vent? Can you take a look inside and tell me what holds that damn door closed when heat is blowing? Thanks!
Here ya go! I cant answer your question but its probably one of the pink "actators"
 

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I vacuum tested the pink actuators (6) here the guilty one, I will still change all
 

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mramay - 4/20/2006 8:30 AM

I don't believe that you have to remove the dashboard for that. the front and sides of the console will have to be opened up, but I'm about to do the same thing and I'm not planning on removing the dash. I could be wrong, but gonna try rebuilding all the actuators and repairing the dash (cracked) with it in the car.
The upper actuator which recieves the most heat and I would guess would be the first to go would be a real PIA.
The console has to come out to get to 2 of them. I thought it would be a good time to do some repair work, change all bulbs, clean ect.
 

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deathrattle - 4/20/2006 11:42 AM


How much work is it just to replace bulbs in the rev counter side,and to get to the clock for inpection and repair?
Instrument cluster comes out pretty easy. you meed a special tool with a hook on the end of it
 

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Minkoff - 4/20/2006 5:13 PM

Chime in if you know what this motor does. it hooks up to a hose and disapears into the A pillar
This is, I believe, the air pump which exposes climate air to the temp sensor for the automatic climate control feedback loop.
 

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Yup, that's what it does. While you have it out you might try to get a bit of oil into the bearings...they do get dry w/ age.

Jonathan
 
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