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I had my car checked out today since the AC was not working at all. Before i had purchased the car i was told there were issues with the heater as it blew air but no heat, same issue with the AC currently. I happened to take it to pep boys today for a free AC inspection and they informed me that there was an issue with the "Blend Doors" and fixing this could cost up to $500. Does anyone have an experience with this or has any knowledge regarding this? Thanks.
 

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Pepboys? Come on man you can do better than that.
as Tom mentioned get it scanned and go from there
no heat and no cooling, not a good sign.
 

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To be fair, he doesn't actually specify Climatronic. But no heat OR A/C implies more than one problem, unlikely to be fixed for $500 even if manual controls. And, as mentioned, I'd rather have Pep Boys do heart surgery than tear apart a Passat dash.
 

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Well i attempted the self diagnostic test and these are the results from it:
Error Reading from the Internal Error Memory:
-025B Footwell/Defrost Flap Servo Motor
-04F7 Temperature Flap Servo Motor
-04F8 Central Flap Servo Motor
-04FA Recirculation Flap Servo Motor

Actuator Test had no Errors

On board Diagnostics, didn't understand and left alone. What should i do from here?
 

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It appears the actuator test has cleared the codes. Run the test again, and check what is still not working.
 

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Did crapboys actually connect a set of AC gauges to your car?
i suspect not, just did a quick scan and came up with that solution.

My 10c are on a blocked heater core and a defective AC system.
Not a great combination. $1000 + for each issue at a reputable vw shop unless you can DIY.
 

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Did crapboys actually connect a set of AC gauges to your car?
i suspect not, just did a quick scan and came up with that solution.

My 10c are on a blocked heater core and a defective AC system.
Not a great combination. $1000 + for each issue at a reputable vw shop unless you can DIY.
Sadly i don't know how they ran the test. Honestly never again am i going to crap boys. Even when i asked what the issues were the rep had to read it off paper and couldn't give much detail. Never again...

Ran the test through again. This time:
Error Reading from the Internal Error Memory:
-04F7 Temperature Flap Servo Motor
-04FA Recirculation Flap Servo Motor

Actuator Test gave errors 04F7 and 04FA.
 

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You have faults in 4 of the flap control systems, either electrical, mechanical, or both.
The dash and console would need to be removed to address these issues.

You also have a problem with the heater core and or the AC system.
The dash would need to be removed to replace the heater core, and maybe to fix the AC.

More checking will be needed before pulling the dash out, you won't want to do that more than once.

You could try reverse flushing the heater core: http://www.passatworld.com/forums/61-b5-information-base/383113-diy-bleeding-cooling-system-heater-core-flush.html

CLIMATRONIC Repair Links

Volkswagen Workshop Manuals > Passat GLX V6 V6-2.8L (ATQ) (2001) > Heating and Air Conditioning > Air Door, HVAC > Air Door Actuator / Motor, HVAC > Component Information > Service and Repair > Servo Motor For Fresh/Recirculated Air Door -V154-

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/re...ntrol-From-November-2004/_/P-0900c152801bf483

B3 Passat
Volkswagen Workshop Manuals > Passat (B3) > Heating, ventilation, air conditioning system > Heating, air conditioner > Air conditioner > Climatronic - air conditioner with automatic regulation > Servicing Climatronic - Passenger compartment

HVAC thread with pics under dash.
http://www.passatworld.com/forums/68-b5-garage/227444-setting-heater-climatronic.html
 

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I really dont trust myself doing all this. Might have to take this to a specialist if i can find one. Any idea based on the information given how much this might cost me to fix?
 

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Depends on what they find. A lot of it would be labor to pull the dashboard, that's maybe $1000. Replacing the heater core, replacing multiple flappers, purge and refill the AC... maybe two grand or so total? More if a major AC component like the compressor is bad.

Or, getting all the breaks, you might be able to flush the heater core, have a bad fuse or relay on the AC, and the flappers could be a bad Climatronic control unit. Under $1000.

Executive summary: Yes, you need a specialist.
 

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Depends on what they find. A lot of it would be labor to pull the dashboard, that's maybe $1000. Replacing the heater core, replacing multiple flappers, purge and refill the AC... maybe two grand or so total? More if a major AC component like the compressor is bad.

Or, getting all the breaks, you might be able to flush the heater core, have a bad fuse or relay on the AC, and the flappers could be a bad Climatronic control unit. Under $1000.

Executive summary: Yes, you need a specialist.
Jeez...getting i didn't expect to run into all these problems all at once. I feel like as of late Ive been dropping a lot of $ on this car. I seriously hope it isn't in the 1000's because i cannot afford that at the moment lol. But thanks everyone for your input. I'll take it to a specialist whenever possible, hopefully i can find a reliable trustworthy one who can assist. Again your help was much appreciated.
 
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