Climate control hard to move, Mazda 1996 protege


#1

128,000 + miles

The lower climate control is physically hard to move like something is blocking it. However, the intensity control moves just fine. Both do their job of controlling the temperature/intensity, etc.

Why might the lower control be hard to move? Can I fix it myself?

Thankyou!


#2

If it is the temperature control it may have an old cable that is sticking and needs to be replaced.


#3

Lay on your back on the front floor and with a flashlight see if you can find the cable that moves a little as you move the knob. If it’s covered with a plastic sheath, there’s not much you can do. If you see a bare wire spiral, spray it with WD40. If you can see either end of the cable, lube that too.


#4

My garage is 100 degrees right now so I will wait till the morning to locate the cable or when it gets cooler here in Kansas…