Avenger, Sebring Coupe, Stratus Coupe, 1999-2006

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Disconnect battery negative cable from remote negative terminal on shock tower and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    When the control panel assembly is out, it will have to be disconnected from the wire harness and control cables.



    Center panel assembly
     
    Front driver's side under cover
     
    Front passenger's side under cover
     
    Radio/tape/CD player
     
    Floor console
     
    Instrument panel center reinforcement
     
    Foot duct (LH)
     
    Control panel assembly
     



    Light bulb harness
     
    Defroster switch
     
    Air mix damper control cable
     
    Air outlet changeover control cable
     

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To install:

  1. Attach control cables to control panel
    1. Set the air outlet changeover control knob on the heater control assembly to the defroster position.
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    3. Set the air outlet changeover damper link of the heater/cooler unit to the defroster position as shown in the illustration, and then connect the cable to the link pin.
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    5. Push the outer cable in the direction so that there is no looseness, and then secure it with the clip.
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  3. Install or connect the following:

    Defroster switch
     
    Light bulb harness
     
    Control panel assembly
     
    Foot duct (LH)
     
    Instrument panel center reinforcement
     
    Floor console
     
    Radio/tape/CD player
     
    Front passenger's side under cover
     
    Front driver's side under cover
     
    Center panel assembly
     

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The control module is located below the radio

  1. Place the ignition key in the OFF position before removing control module.
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  3. Remove the trim bezel.

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    Fig. Removing bezel trim

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  5. Remove the cluster hood bezel retaining screws in the trim bezel opening.

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    Fig. Control module screws (1) and cluster hood screws (2)

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  7. Pry up the cluster hood bezel a few inches to expose the cubby bin/cigar lighter bezel screws.
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  9. Remove the cubby bin/cigar lighter bezel and wiring.
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  11. Remove the control module retaining screws.
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  13. Drop the A/C control module into the cigar lighter/cubby bin bezel opening then disconnect the wiring on the rear of the control module.
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  15. Release the cable clips from the top of the control module. Retain the clips for future use.
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  17. Disconnect the temperature control and recirculation control cables.
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  19. Remove the control module.
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To install:

Installation is the reverse of removal. Make sure the cables are properly adjusted and the module is seated properly.

The cables must be adjusted for proper function of the control module. To adjust the cables:

  1. Attach the cable to the lever arm of the control module.
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  3. Turn the knob fully counterclockwise.
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  5. Pull the cable jacket away from the cable end until taut.
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  7. Clip the cable jacket to the control module. The knob should travel a full 180° if the cable is properly adjusted.
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CAUTION
On vehicles equipped with airbags, disable the airbag system before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable, then wait two minutes for the airbag system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the airbag system. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in an accidental airbag deployment and possible personal injury or death.

  1. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
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  3. Remove the center bezel from the instrument panel.
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  5. Place the center bezel on a workbench and remove the six screws that secure the A/C-heater control to the center bezel.
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  7. Remove the A/C-heater control from the center bezel.
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  9. Connect the negative battery cable.

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    Fig. A/C heater control - typical

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To install:

  1. Position the A/C-heater control into the instrument panel center bezel.
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  3. Install the six screws that secure the A/C-heater control to the center bezel. Tighten the screws to 18 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
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  5. Install the instrument panel center bezel.
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  7. Reconnect the battery negative cable.
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CAUTION
On vehicles equipped with airbags, disable the airbag system before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable, then wait two minutes for the airbag system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the airbag system. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in an accidental airbag deployment and possible personal injury or death.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
  4.  
  5. Remove the center bezel from the instrument panel.
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  7. Place the center bezel on a workbench and remove the 6 screws that secure the A/C-heater control to the center bezel.
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  9. Remove the A/C-heater control from the center bezel.

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    Fig. A/C heater control - typical

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To install:

  1. Position the A/C-heater control into the instrument panel center bezel.
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  3. Install the 6 screws that secure the A/C-heater control to the center bezel. Tighten the screws to 18 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
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  5. Install the instrument panel center bezel.
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  7. Connect the battery negative cable.
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