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Old 01-22-2005, 07:44 PM
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1987 SDL -- Climate Control Problem

Any ideas about what would cause the following : Heat was working fine until last Wednesday evening -- I always just left the control on "Auto" and the setting on "economy" and only slightly adjusted the 'temp control wheel' when necessary. And of course use the "Defrost" setting when necessary.

Now the heat comes from all the vents 'wide open' no matter what the setting is on. Sometimes the fan will slow down, and this seems related to engine speed (vacum). In fact, on rare occasions, the heat seems to work fine. The real problem is that there is either 'too much' heat, or when I turn the thing 'off', (which the system is somewhat slow to do), there is no heat. Any suggestions ? If I shut off the side vents and center vent, heat will pour out the defrost ducts and overheat the car interior even though it is only 15 or 20 degrees outside. The floor vents do not seem to be working proplerly.
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Old 01-22-2005, 10:25 PM
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First, let me say that I have limited experience with the climate control system on the SDL. Mine also has "issues" such as no floor heat and a compressor that likes to run in economy mode.

However, in your situation, it appears that the control unit is not getting the proper signal from the vehicle and does not realize that it needs to turn itself down when the vehicle reaches the desired temperature.

This could be caused by a faulty air sampler motor in the right doorjamb. It's a tiny motor that draws air from the intake near the sunroof switch and provides the input to the control unit. Take a piece of tissue paper and see if the tissue paper will remain on the intake grill when the vehicle is running. This will tell you that the sampler motor is drawing air. If it does not stay on the grill, then proceed with finding and replacing the sampler motor.

My sampler motor has been screaming of late and I'm sure it's going to go out any day now.

One other possibility when you have maximum heat all the time is a defective monovalve. This is the valve underneath the hood that regulates the flow of coolant into the heater core. If the diaphragm fails (common), it sends coolant through the core all the time and you will quickly roast inside the cabin. It's not difficult to take the monovalve apart and repair it.

These are two possibilities in a multitude of possibilities on this system.
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