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    FS Center Vent

    Just replaced my center vent and my original is now for sale. New was $98.00 plus tax and shipping from MB Classic Center.

    Make me an offer plus $10.00 shipping CONUS..
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    Re: FS Center Vent

    Somewhat off-topic....is removing the center vent difficult? Does it require that the entire dash be removed? TIA.
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    Re: FS Center Vent

    My mechanic did it for me.
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    Re: FS Center Vent

    Quote Originally Posted by 8899 View Post
    Somewhat off-topic....is removing the center vent difficult? Does it require that the entire dash be removed? TIA.
    The dash does not have to be removed. The center vent is a moderate PITA to replace; IIRC you will need to pull the instrument cluster and passenger airbag. It's been a while since I've done this and can't remember the exact steps.


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    Re: FS Center Vent

    I think I covered it in my HOW-TO on replacing the vacuum pods.

    Indeed you have to remove the instrument cluster and airbag, and you need a Philips-head screwdriver, an Allen wrench and a couple of small flat-blade screwdrivers. And you have to take a bit of care in doing it.

    You can see some specific photos as I removed the center dash vent here.

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    Re: FS Center Vent

    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    The center vent is a moderate PITA to replace; IIRC you will need to pull the instrument cluster and passenger airbag.
    Ok, yea. Knew it wasn't easy. My center vent lightbulb is out, and has been out for a while, but no since going through a lot of trouble to just change a bulb. I will wait for a better reason to come along.
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    Re: FS Center Vent

    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    I think I covered it in my HOW-TO on replacing the vacuum pods.

    Indeed you have to remove the instrument cluster and airbag, and you need a Philips-head screwdriver, an Allen wrench and a couple of small flat-blade screwdrivers. And you have to take a bit of care in doing it.

    You can see some specific photos as I removed the center dash vent here.

    Cheers,
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    IIRC taking the center vent out was not difficult, it was putting it back in, with the vent flaps and control pieces oriented and assembled correctly, that was the real pain. I think that I had to attempt it 3-4 separate times before I finally figured out the correct placement and sequence of all the parts. This is one job where you need to take a lot more time documenting the dis-assembly in order to avoid the headache, frustration and amount of time associated with not remembering the precise nature and order of the re-assembly. I always think that I will remember precisely how I took something apart . . . and time after time, I never do.

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    Re: FS Center Vent

    Yes, the installation is the tricky part. And, it requires adjustment to get the center vent flap and wheel working correctly. It is not a black/white, on/off, in/out kind of installation like the vents at each end of the dash.


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    Re: FS Center Vent

    Quote Originally Posted by vatc5637 View Post
    IIRC taking the center vent out was not difficult, it was putting it back in, with the vent flaps and control pieces oriented and assembled correctly, that was the real pain. I think that I had to attempt it 3-4 separate times before I finally figured out the correct placement and sequence of all the parts. This is one job where you need to take a lot more time documenting the dis-assembly in order to avoid the headache, frustration and amount of time associated with not remembering the precise nature and order of the re-assembly. I always think that I will remember precisely how I took something apart . . . and time after time, I never do.
    I don't find this job hard at all, it's gone fluent all times I've done it. It is more a question about concentration IMO.

    - cluster pulled out and pushed to the left for access to the left vent screw
    - pass. air bag out and disconnected, one bolt only and easy access
    - then the right vent screw out

    But then it comes to the key factor which vatc5637 is pointing to, notice the disassembly position of the vent before the locking wire is disconnected!

    -a-

    (I have even repaired the small tabs on the end on one of the vent spoilers, I drilled a 1 mm hole, and super glued a small piece of steel string - it's stronger than any vent spoiler. )
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    Re: FS Center Vent

    Quote Originally Posted by 500AMM View Post
    I don't find this job hard at all, it's gone fluent all times I've done it. It is more a question about concentration IMO.

    - cluster pulled out and pushed to the left for access to the left vent screw
    - pass. air bag out and disconnected, one bolt only and easy access
    - then the right vent screw out

    But then it comes to the key factor which Vat is pointing to, notice the disassembly position of the vent before the locking wire is disconnected!

    -a-

    (I have even repaired the small tabs on the end on one of the vent spoilers, I drilled a 1 mm hole, and super glued a small piece of steel string - it's stronger than any vent spoiler. )
    Excellent repair idea for a broken air guide, Arnt.
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    Re: FS Center Vent

    All, both of my "sliders" on the AC vent have come off, and I saved one... This is the wide "thing" you slide left or right to direct airflow. Does anyone have another that I can buy? i am hoping I can super glue it back on, while somehow NOT gluing it to the vent!!
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    Re: FS Center Vent

    Quote Originally Posted by tomer View Post
    All, both of my "sliders" on the AC vent have come off, and I saved one... This is the wide "thing" you slide left or right to direct airflow. Does anyone have another that I can buy? i am hoping I can super glue it back on, while somehow NOT gluing it to the vent!!
    I have a complete center vent assembly. I will post up some pictures asap

    I actually started a new thread here

    http://www.500eboard.com/forums/show...9481#post99481


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    Re: FS Center Vent

    Jeff, I may have to go that route, but I am trying to avoid the major operation of replacing the entire vent
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    Re: FS Center Vent

    Quote Originally Posted by 8899 View Post
    Ok, yea. Knew it wasn't easy. My center vent lightbulb is out, and has been out for a while, but no since going through a lot of trouble to just change a bulb. I will wait for a better reason to come along.
    same for me..

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