The plastic Mode Door broke in my 1996 ZJ heater, are there steel doors?? - JeepForum.com
 
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post #1 of 8 Old 05-11-2013, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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The plastic Mode Door broke in my 1996 ZJ heater, are there steel doors??

The bottom of the plastic "Mode Door" (to control from which ports the heater/AC air exits the dash) has a D-shape cast into it, and that's where mine broke off. Yes, the entire dash and HVAC assembly are now out of the ZJ! :P Not actually a bad job so far, in that all fasteners and plugs are easy to get at. But there sure are a lot of them!! See item 8 in this pic:



Now, rather than toss in another 15 year old plastic door from the JY, I wonder if the 1997 or 1998 Mode Door axles might have been upgraded to steel? The Temperature blend door (item 11 in the pic above) is all steel... maybe I could adapt one of them.. ???

Or, apparently RAM trucks from 1997-2002 use the same HVAC assembly!! Any chance someone here knows if the RAMs might have had steel Mode Doors?



Good thing the steering lock is still on!! [lmao]







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post #2 of 8 Old 05-11-2013, 08:24 AM
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I understand you not wanting plastic,but if you buy a new plastic door,wont you be good for another 15 years or so?
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-11-2013, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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I hear what you're saying, and you're right! But at least on the website I pulled that pic from, the door is no longer available, so... time for something else.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-11-2013, 08:56 AM
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Well that sucks,good luck
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-11-2013, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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I called a local dealer and the doors are still available, but they are still plastic, and they are $77 plus taxes - wow. I'll be fabbing something up next week, methinks.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-11-2013, 11:01 PM
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that looks like a chore!

1998 5.9, 4.5 inch RE springs,spacers, IRO long arms front a rear, geared and locked. 35" grabbers
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-28-2013, 09:36 PM
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can we get an update?


my mode door broke as well, and i want to know if i'm stuck paying $60 after shipping to get it off of factorychryslerparts.com (is this website creditable?)

link to the part:
http://www.factorychryslerparts.com/.../04778420.html

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-28-2013, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Sure! I repaired the door and it's working fine. I still can't figure out what wrecked it?? But here's what I did:

1. Clamped a piece of wood to a drill press and drilled a hole in the wood that was a tight fit for the axle.
2. Poked the axle and the broken bit into the hole from below, and that held the axle so that it was perfectly concentric with the spindle on the drill press.
3. Drilled a hole through the centre of the axle and the broken bit, then tapped the hole for a #6 x 32 machine screw.
4. Removed the door from the wood on the drill press, then slathered it and the machine screw with epoxy and assembled it. Once the screw was tight, I wiped off excess epoxy on the outside and let is sit overnight.

So far, no problems.
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