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Old 09-13-2007, 10:34 PM
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Climate Control Servo Theory

I am currently a victim of Chrysler's flawed Climate Control system. The servo is cracked, and it does not function other that when on Defrost. Am I correct in my assumption that heat from the engine bay cracks the plastic base of the servo, causing vacuum to leak out, and causing the servo to not function properly?

I saw a w116 in the junkyard and it had the evil servo. The P.O of the car filled the cracks in the housing with some sort of putty. Would sealing the cracks mysteriously cause the servo to function again, without the vacuum leak? If it's a good idea then maybe I should try it. Most likely the servo is fried and putty won't fix it, and I'll spill antifreeze everywhere by taking it out. When I push buttons on the control panel I hear flaps open if that means anything. I could buy the 700 dollar digital servo and be done with it, buy a servo with an aluminum housing for an unknown amount of money, or a used one that won't last too long. Should I try to "repair" the servo, or forget it and fix it? You will probably suggest the latter but I'm open to ideas .
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Old 09-13-2007, 10:38 PM
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I'm not aware that cracks in the lower housing of the servo cause vacuum leaks. On mine, they caused coolant leaks.
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Old 09-14-2007, 07:28 AM
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I'm not aware that cracks in the lower housing of the servo cause vacuum leaks. On mine, they caused coolant leaks.
Ditto.

And if there is a coolant leak from the cracked plastic, then the seals on the water valve are likely fried. I autopsied the one on my car. It looked like something that came off the deck of the Titanic when I opened it up. A partially dismantled one at the salvage yard confirmed my findings.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:53 AM
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Can this be repaired? All my servo controls still operate normally I just can't shut off the heat. Can the bottom half of that unit be rebuilt?
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:29 AM
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Can this be repaired? All my servo controls still operate normally I just can't shut off the heat. Can the bottom half of that unit be rebuilt?
From what I've learned by disassembling a bunch of them, the rubber seal in the bottom that is supposed to stop or limit flow to the heater core has likely disintegrated on you. Parts do not exist for these things, but creativity might get you somewhere.

I have finally given up. I'm just going to buy the digital upgrade for mine if I keep the original ACC controls. I can tune twin SU carbs on a British Leyland nightmare without a hint of frustration, but that monstrosity of a servo is just too stupid to waste time on. I'd rather stab my own eyes out with a rusty tie rod than work on a servo again.
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Old 03-23-2009, 09:34 AM
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i took a part a servo apart and to be honest not much to them.

The best way to deal with the problem is to ditch the system completely because something else will fail and will be a money pitt. Convert it to manual climate control or the next gen automatic climate control and youill be all set.

I have a good servo case with no cracks etc if you want.

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