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4th Gen HEATER QUICK FIX

Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:44 pm

4th Gen HEATER QUICK FIX

For a temporary quick fix:

Undo the piano-wire loop on the heater inlet located on the firewall.
Push the lever all the way to the rear for heat.
Slide down by the passenger side left footwell beside the heater.
Unclip the white plastic clip that holds the heater vent control arm.
Push the lever all the way forward and that will allow heat to enter the cabin. (If you don't unhook the arm, intermittent contact will cause it to default back to the cold position.)

This will get you through winter but the long term fix is the soldering repair. I've done 4 already [Ugh] It ain't too bad.


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Here's how it looks unclipped. It will move back, so check it every now and then.
*Don't lose that little clip - keep it in a safe place.
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*Here's the direct link to the long term fix / soldering method, (originally posted by Zak062 at http://www.st162.net):

http://www.st162.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=878
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Last edited by Rick89GTS on Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:16 pm, edited 6 times in total.

Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:41 pm

fix /\

http://www.st162.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=878

Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:03 am

Thanks :)
(I also edited my links)

Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:43 am

I saved these pics from the old www.toyotacelicaonline.com site before it went down. It had a great thread with lots of info, but now it's all lost :(

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Don't forget to check the 'piggyback' board:
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Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:44 pm

So what are the symptoms this can cause ? if this has happened does it cause the vehicle to produce no heat at all ? or just not very warm heat ? and do you seriously have to take apart the WHOLE dash just to take out the center console in these vehicles ?

Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:30 am

Kcman91gts wrote:So what are the symptoms this can cause ? if this has happened does it cause the vehicle to produce no heat at all ?
or just not very warm heat ?


You will get no heat or intermittent random switching from hot to cold. It depends on how big the gaps are in the cracked solder connections; if they're close to touching, you may get intermittent heat.

Kcman91gts wrote: and do you seriously have to take apart the WHOLE dash just to take out the center console in these vehicles ?


Not the WHOLE dash, but you will have to remove the surrounding bezels and any overlapping trim pieces like the glove box and lower dash piece.
Last edited by Rick89GTS on Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:19 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Re: 4th Gen HEATER QUICK FIX

Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:04 am

Rick89GTS wrote:Push the lever all the way forward and that will allow heat to enter the cabin.
Ah, I finally found this thread again! You are my #$%&ing hero! Thank you, then thank you some more, and then thank you on top of that. You have made this winter infinitely more bearable once I finally understood why my heat would mysteriously stop working sometimes. I didn't bother disconnecting the clip, I just push the lever back by hand if it doesn't go into place which is only about once a week. I wanted to come back and say thanks sooner but had trouble finding the thread again.
Last edited by transce080 on Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:35 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Re: 4th Gen HEATER QUICK FIX

Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:20 am

You are most welcome.
You have a good idea of how frustrated I was trying to figure out the stupid heater control panel.
I'm just glad this fix has helped many Gen4 owners :)

Re: 4th Gen HEATER QUICK FIX

Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:17 pm

just did this the other day
to bad i didnt read this til today
would have saved me the hassle of pulling the lower part of my dash apart but oh well i got heat now
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