Like all used cars, the Element needed a little work and one of the things that needed to be repaired or replaced were the air vents. The horizontal and vertical fins for all four air vents are loose and the airflow can not be directed. So…………
Seemed like a simple enough problem to fix, 4 days and two fabricated parts later it’s finally back together.
First problem appeared when I removed the two center vents. They both come out as one unit and as I was removing them from the dash, I heard something fall back into the dash. This turned out to be the piece that connect the right center vertical fins together. Then, as I was removing the wiring the hazard light connector broke. Once I was able to remove the center dash section I was able to see that the left center vent fin connector was also broken.
I have to make two small pieces and I’m thinking no big deal. While standing in the kitchen taking a closer look to get a general idea of the vents work, I just happen to see this little tab. Just like any four year old, l push up on it and BING, 14 different pieces are all over my kitchen floor. I pick up the pieces and call it a night.
Takes me a little while to figure out which fins go where and how the side connectors work. Then it takes a couple of days of trial and error to find a material that works well when I fabricate the vertical fins connector. Once I found the “right” material it’s only about a 20 min job, while watching tv, to make and connect the fins.
Little super glue on the warning light connector and 10 minutes later, it’s done!
Now to get the sides vents working!