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Unread 12-21-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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Recirc Door Actuator

I think I have a bad actuator on the recirc door and wonder if it can be R&R'd without pulling the dash.

When I bought the Overland a month ago I was carefull to check the bled door operation and all was fine. I checked the recirc function by pushing the button but never really paid attention to if the door was actually changing positions.

Later I found the recirc door was stuck about midway but by giving it a nudge seemed solid so I did a calibration and it closed just fine. Further checking found that it would not move when commended by the control.

I also have noted that when shutting the car off, there is a groaning/ratcheting noise that occurs about a minute or so later. This noise seem to be directly behind the glove box which leads me to believe the actuator is trying to operate the door but is slipping.

Last, I do get a code 52 when doing the diagnostics.

Do the above symptoms appear consistent with an actuator that has failed??

Thanks for any input

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Unread 12-21-2013, 11:23 AM   #2
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Check this
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Unread 12-21-2013, 11:25 AM   #3
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Unread 12-21-2013, 11:29 AM   #4
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Unread 12-21-2013, 11:29 AM   #5
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Catching my drift here? Took me 5 minutes on my phone.
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Unread 12-21-2013, 12:42 PM   #6
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Catching my drift here? Took me 5 minutes on my phone.
Yeh, I got the drift. Already had seen those but not as much help as I was hoping just some oblique info.
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Unread 12-21-2013, 12:54 PM   #7
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no chance FIXING the recirc door BACK TO original function. without pulling the dash.

There are ways to "band-aid" it with the blen-dor store product, but it wont work like OEM, it will only lock it into one position.
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no chance FIXING the recirc door BACK TO original function. without pulling the dash.

There are ways to "band-aid" it with the blen-dor store product, but it wont work like OEM, it will only lock it into one position.
Hmmm, not what I wanted to hear. Since the door isn't loose and is solidly in the "outside air" position I was hoping that is was an actuator problem. Oh well, if that's what it takes to fix it, reckon I need to take it in and have it taken care of.

If they have to pull the dash and all, I suppose I might as well have them but new upgraded parts in the blend doors as well. Spending money in one thing, spending it twice is something else.

I would like to think that by now Jeep has upgraded the parts so there will not be a repeat performance in the near term.
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Unread 12-21-2013, 04:26 PM   #9
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Pull the dash yourself... you will be charged $1100 in labor (it books about 10 hours to do it)

There is a great video on youTube and plenty of directions on the net.

Do the the heater core while you are in there also.
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I would like to think that by now Jeep has upgraded the parts so there will not be a repeat performance in the near term.
Not likely, they most likely would not spend money to address an old product. Supply parts for, yes, but not R&D new parts to address "issues" that only showed up outside of warranty..
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Unread 12-22-2013, 08:18 AM   #11
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Thanks for the info. I may put of the repairs for awhile since the recirc door doesn't seem to be causing any problems functionally. Until the weather gets really hot the not shifting from outside air to inside air is more of a nuisance than a hindrance.

Thanks to the advice on this forum, my lack of airflow has been fixed by reversing the blower wires. Checked everything again yesterday and, except for no recirc air, it works like a champ.
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