I have a 91 Camry. In this model there is a manual switch that moves air
from forward facing A/C vents to an A/C vent that blows up/back. Generally I
have it switched to the front blowers, unless it's really hot and there are
people in the back who need air for a few minutes.
This has worked without any problems until a few weeks ago. I switched it to
the up/back position and the air changed to the upper blower vent as
expected.......now trying to switch it back does nothing. The switch feels
and sounds just like it did prior, I can switch it up and down, but it does
Any ideas on what I could do? My guess is that I need to tear the dash apart
to figure out how that worked, but I'm not even sure where to start there.
Yup, prettyt much...there should be two screws at the bottom of the dash
cover and maybe two more below the vents. Then (I'm just going from memory
here...) you might have to remove the radio just to make it easier. Then,
there are four screws holding the heater controls onto the dash panel.
Now comes the fun part...the controls are operated by aircraft-style
cables that move the various controls around. My bet is that one started
getting a little tight, so you reefed on it to get it to move and bent
the arm. This operation really is a bit of a pain...one of my least
favorite repairs. Take a pair of pliers and CAREFULLY bend the arm back in
Or, the cable broke or slipped off. If you're lucky it slipped off; just
route it back into the arm where it belongs, maybe giving it a little bend
with the pliers.
If you're *not* lucky you either broke the cable at, or it slipped off the
far end. You'll have to trace it back and find where it went. On older
'yotas it just looped down to the airbox where you could see it. If it
slipped off just loop it back on like above. If it's broke, get a new one
and good luck...
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