HVAC Door Motor: Disconnect on 2005 Vibe


#1

My HVAC motor is clacking under the dash–a broken gear from what I’ve read. I currently have the re-circ button pressed in to silence it. Since I can live without re-circulated air, I figured I would just disconnect the motor. I took out the glove compartment, and pulled on what I think is the connection, but can’t get it undone without possibly breaking it off the housing.

Any suggestions? Is there a special tool? Is the connection intended to be a ‘one way’ connection (in only)?


#2

Usually the connector has a locking tab you have to push down with your thumb while you pull on the connector at the same time to get it off.


#3

Since you’re into it that far…just get the new blend door acuator and replace it.
( checking , of course , to see if anything is in there blocking the door movement, causing the gear strip. )


#4

Thanks for the responses.

From what I’ve read, replacing the blend door actuator may involve removing the dash, and that’s a bit much for me. Also, I looked/felt for a locking tab, and can’t locate. I’m gettin new tires in Nov-maybe one of the tech’s at the shop will be able to do this without much effort.