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Vent Mode Actuator Stuck

Hello all, I recently purchased a 2009 Versa. It failed inspection because the defrost setting is inoperable. The symptom is the vent mode switch is stuck on one spot. I can turn the switch to the adjacent positions but it does not click in. Feels like its stretching the cable. I know you guys have seen that 1000 times because I saw that issue come up in many threads while searching.

Thing is, my cable moves just fine. The actuator (white plastic piece that cable connects to) under the glove box area is stuck. I can see the cable pushing and pulling on the actuator, which moves ever so slightly, but it won't shift to other positions. The smaller see-saw piece in front of the actuator moves freely and I can move the upper vents by manually moving that. I tried persuading the actuator by prying with a screw driver but no dice.

What should I be looking at from here? My first thought was there is a blockage at one of the vents preventing it from opening/closing. I tried fishing around with a coat hanger. No dice.

SOS. I don't want to know how tight I'll have to grab my ankles for a shop to tear this all apart.
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Hello all, I recently purchased a 2009 Versa. It failed inspection because the defrost setting is inoperable. The symptom is the vent mode switch is stuck on one spot. I can turn the switch to the adjacent positions but it does not click in. Feels like its stretching the cable. I know you guys have seen that 1000 times because I saw that issue come up in many threads while searching.

Thing is, my cable moves just fine. The actuator (white plastic piece that cable connects to) under the glove box area is stuck. I can see the cable pushing and pulling on the actuator, which moves ever so slightly, but it won't shift to other positions. The smaller see-saw piece in front of the actuator moves freely and I can move the upper vents by manually moving that. I tried persuading the actuator by prying with a screw driver but no dice.

What should I be looking at from here? My first thought was there is a blockage at one of the vents preventing it from opening/closing. I tried fishing around with a coat hanger. No dice.

SOS. I don't want to know how tight I'll have to grab my ankles for a shop to tear this all apart.

Don't know where you live, but this is the first time I ever heard of a car failing an inspection because of a malfunctioning defroster setting.

This is the best I could come up with when trying to get some info regarding your issue:


https://www.nissanversaforums.com/gen...t-working.html
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I'm in New Hampshire. I also was surprised to hear it failed for that but defrost definitely is necessary up here during winter. Disregarding the need for a sticker, I would love to be able to select the vent mode.

I did see that thread which gave me the idea to fish around with the coat hanger. Unfortunately, it wasn't successful for me. I'm going to tear the dash down farther to find the root cause.
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I'm in New Hampshire. I also was surprised to hear it failed for that but defrost definitely is necessary up here during winter. Disregarding the need for a sticker, I would love to be able to select the vent mode.

I did see that thread which gave me the idea to fish around with the coat hanger. Unfortunately, it wasn't successful for me. I'm going to tear the dash down farther to find the root cause.

This is from the shop manual, and may give you some information as to making the repair:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...T4prWWS9zYyQKn
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