Unlatch three plastic pins and remove the piece of carpet on the left.
Then undo four screws holding the plastic panel under the glovebox.
Undo the screws under the glovebox.
Open the glovebox and undo three more screws along the top.
Pull the glovebox out. Unplug the lamp connector and disconnect the
cooling hose from the ACC.
Unscrew the motor, it's held by two screws with a 8mm hex head and a
Phillips groove. Unplug the connector and carefully lift the motor.
Note the position of the shaft.
The yellow lever is connected to the rod operating the latches on the floor
- unhook it first. Pull the lever out of its socket - it takes some effort,
but you can do it with your fingers.
Levers and motor
Test motor and inspect the lever. In my case the lever was broken at the
point where it connects to the shaft operating the flaps. A new lever
(left) was $16 at the dealer (part 5334693). I had to transfer the little rod socket to
the new lever. Apply some grease on the outer surface.
Before installing the new lever, reach into the socket with strong
needle-nose pliers and try turning the shaft to make sure it is not jammed
completely. You can even pull the shaft out (it's a 8" long square metal
rod) and spray some lubricant into the hole. Then insert the lever, hook
up the lower rod and re-assemble everything.
Less than a year later, the lever broke again. As the air
distribution unit wears with age, these levers
prove to be too weak to handle the increased friction.
I cut a short piece of a 3/8" copper tube and used a soldering iron
to firmly seat it on the remaining part of the lever.
The tube was then filled with epoxy. I used this wooden stick to shape a
hole, so the shaft would fit firmly.