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Old 02-17-2001, 02:46 PM
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The knob for opening and closing the vent doesn't rotate freely. So it stays in the center. Also the light illuminating the knob doesn't work. Under all of the AC settings no air ever comes out of that vent. Can someone please help me figure out what needs fixing. Thanks

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Old 02-17-2001, 03:08 PM
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Sorry, I don't know about the knob not working, but there are instructions on how to replace the light bulb at this thread. Replacing bulb in air vent
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Old 02-18-2001, 12:34 PM
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The european W124 has got a valve in the vent opening that can be manually closed and opened. If the vent-opening knob cannot rotate freely, the valve that is attached to the knob is not set properly.
If you take a look through the vent grating, you can see an "imbus"bolt that is attached to the valve that can be closed. This bolt has to be untightened to get the knob rotating again (the bolt is probably tightened entirely or the valve is mounted 180 degrees wrong); the valve can be "fine tuned" by this bolt...

The bulb in the knob has to be replaced. There is a screw at the side of the dash lid and there are 4 clamps (2 up and 2 down) visible in the vent opening.
Take out the screw, release the "imbus"bolt inside the vent gratings and stick some hooks under the clamps after which the vent opening can be pulled forwards. The upper clamps have to be bended down and the bottom clamps have to be bended up.


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