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I recently got my AC compressor fixed, but after doing this it turns out my AC still isn't great because of a messed up blend door (according to my mechanic). Apparently this is a fairly common problem in Fords. I did some searching around, and didn't find great instructions for my exact model, but it seems like the repair can be done through the passenger side airbag:

http://www.autozone.com/repairguides/Escape-Hybrid-2006-2008-Mariner-Hybrid-2006-2008/Blend-Door-Actuator/Removal-Installation/_/P-0996b43f8075c084

I was wondering 1) how to actually remove the passenger side airbag, and 2) if this repair is possible to do myself. I guess that a lot of people do perform this themselves on Fords and others using these kits from heatertreater.com, but again I couldn't find anything for my model. The heatertreater requires cutting into the plenum, which I'm hoping I won't have to do if the blend door is accessible through the passenger air bag opening.

Thanks anyone for the advice.

  • There are two blend doors. Do both sides of the A/C output exhibit the same temperature at the same time? If they do, I doubt it's the blend doors. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jun 28 '15 at 11:00
  • They do have the same temperature, but I think my car is EMTC (Electronic Manual Temperature Control) rather than EATC (Electronic Automatic Temperature Control) since I just have a dial that moves from cold to hot. According to the autozone guide, this would mean I have only the RH temperature blend door? – dbq Jun 28 '15 at 15:54
  • Another update is I ran a self-diagnostic and came up with no DTC error codes (would have been "B1239 Air Flow Blend Door Driver Circuit Failure" or "B1249 Blend Door Failure"). – dbq Jun 28 '15 at 15:56
  • Correct on both counts. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jun 28 '15 at 20:06
  • Regarding the EMTC and door or the DTC codes? – dbq Jun 28 '15 at 22:23

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