Avenger, Sebring Coupe, Stratus Coupe, 1999-2006

Removal & Installation

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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 negative battery (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 accidental airbag deployment and possible personal injury or death.

  1. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the instrument panel from the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the HVAC wire harness connector from the recirculation door actuator.

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    Fig. Recirculation housing (1) and actuator (2)

  6.  
  7. Remove the three screws that secure the recirculation door actuator to the HVAC air inlet housing.
    NOTE
    When removing the actuator, note the position of the actuator shaft and its respective linkage for installation reference.

  8.  
  9. Remove the recirculation door actuator from the HVAC air inlet housing.
  10.  

To install:

  1. Install the recirculation door actuator onto the HVAC air inlet housing. If necessary, rotate the actuator slightly to align the splines on the actuator output shaft with those on the actuator gear.

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    Fig. Door gear (1), actuator gear (2) and recirculation housing (3)

  2.  
  3. Install the three screws that secure the recirculation door actuator to the HVAC air inlet housing. Tighten the screws to 18 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Connect the wire harness connector to the recirculation door actuator.
  6.  
  7. Install the instrument panel.
  8.  
  9. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
  10.  


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 negative battery (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 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 negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. Remove the instrument panel from the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the HVAC wire harness connector from the recirculation door actuator.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Recirculation housing (1) and actuator (2)

  8.  
  9. Remove the 3 screws that secure the recirculation door actuator to the HVAC air inlet housing.
    NOTE
    When removing the actuator, note the position of the actuator shaft and its respective linkage for installation reference.

  10.  
  11. Remove the recirculation door actuator from the HVAC air inlet housing.
  12.  

To install:

  1. Install the recirculation door actuator onto the HVAC air inlet housing. If necessary, rotate the actuator slightly to align the splines on the actuator output shaft with those on the actuator gear.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Door gear (1), actuator gear (2), and recirculation housing (3)

  2.  
  3. Install the 3 screws that secure the recirculation door actuator to the HVAC air inlet housing. Tighten the screws to 18 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Connect the wire harness connector to the recirculation door actuator.
  6.  
  7. Install the instrument panel.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10.  

 
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