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Old 03-30-2012, 04:44 PM   #1
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Default 97 Impreza a/c help

Hey guys, nice forum. I'm more of an old muscle car guy (thus the screen name) but my wife's daily driver is a 97 Subaru Impreza with the 2.2L n/a motor. Been a nice, reliable car.

Last winter, the A/C compressor died, which as yall know, is not acceptable in a DD in Texas during the summer.

I went ahead and got the a/c parts replaced, got the system flushed and buttoned back up, and the car is blowing cool!

With one slight problem: It is only blowing cool out of the defroster vent by the windshield. Now, I don't know if it was doing this before a messed with the a/c, or just started.

Fan knob still works, hot/cold knob still works, but no matter where you turn the knob that directs face/feet, face, feet/defrost, defrost, it blows out of the defroster vent.

What I'm having trouble finding is this: I don't know if the vent doors on this car are mechanically or vaccuum controlled, or what I should be doing to fix this problem....if its the knob, or the vent doors, or what I should be looking at.

I finally have it blowing cool, but it would be nice if the car would blow cool on your face and not the windshield!

Any ideas? Thanks in advance....
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:06 PM   #2
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Not too sure about a fix, im thinking with the year of the car its mechanical. Im guesiing your gonna have to pull the dash and look at it from the back while you switch your controls to see whats going on. Im sure someone else will have more info on this. Good luck.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:57 PM   #3
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Sounds like the cable for the mode control is either broken or disconnected. As suggested get under there and have a look. You may be able to see and fix it without taking too much stuff apart.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:24 PM   #4
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More than likely the clip that holds the cable in place came undone. This has happened a couple times on my 97 Impreza. If you look under the dash on the driver's side towards the blower box you'll see the cable for the mode selector. There will be a clip that holds that cable in place so the mode door moves. This clip is notorious for coming out of its holder. You'll just need to push it back in there. It's kind of a pain since it's up under the dash. Yo may need to take the clip off and bend the tabs so it stays in place.

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