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    Thread: Guide: How to fix the side vents cold air only problem

    1. Member Black_cabbie's Avatar
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      06-18-2005 06:57 AM #1
      A BIG THANKS TO MAHONY for creating this. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      I come up with this save doc in my pc and thought of putting it online for you guys. I don't know who this page belong too. I saved it a couple years ago.
      http://gkoutsis.2mydns.com/Pho...s.htm
      Fix the side air vents cold air only problem
      A1 Volkswagens with AC had a design flaw in their heating system. the outer dash vents do not blow heated air. only center vents are heated. Outer vents blow ambient (or cold air when AC is on). when you factor in poor insulation and any drafts or leaks associated w/ the door and glass, the part of your body towards the outside of the car can get cold whilst you crank up the heat and cook the half of your body towards the car's centerline.
      There are two ducts that carry air from the heater box to the outer dash vents. While I had my dash out recently, i noticed the proximity of these two outlets to the front area of the heater box, which carries warm air. i figured i'd set out to seal up the ducts from the cold air that was their current source and create a new source of heated air.

      There is nothing between the two oval-shaped outlets on the heater box, so i went to Home Depot's HVAC duct area and picked up a 3" diameter aluminum heater duct for $2 or 3. This is a rolled sheet that is not joined to form a tube, but rather has a seam that can be snapped closed.
      I removed the two ducts and rolled the tube up and jammed it inside the two oval outlets (See the Green Outline in the Figure Above), so that if i reattached the ducts the two outer vents would be connected to each other but sealed up from entrance of any air at the heater box. after expanding the rolled aluminum, i screwed a couple of self-drilling, self-tapping #10 screws (maybe 1/2" long?) (See the Blue Dots in the Figure Above) thru the two oval outlets into the two overlapping portions of the rolled aluminum to hold it expanded against the inside of the outlets, sealing the ducts from the airbox.
      The oval aluminum tube that now runs thru the htr box runs close to the heated portion of the heater box near the center vents. I used a dremel to cut a big "port" from the heated side into the oval aluminum tube. this allows heated air to enter the aluminum tube and thus the outer vents are supplied with heated air
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      Modified by Black_cabbie at 1:04 PM 6-18-2005


      Modified by Black_cabbie at 9:48 AM 6-21-2005
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      06-18-2005 03:35 PM #2
      This is totally bizarre! My car retailed at $35,000 AUD in 1990 yet came with no air-con nor centre vents. Its only "luxury" feature is the electric top.
      The side vents only blow cold air (Winter here).
      Would be great to get them to warm my frozen fingers as I go about topless. Now I know why they didn't sell many! A tiny convertible with nothing vs a HUGE Aussie made car with a V8 and the lot!
      Explains VW's absence of 12 years from our shores.....
      Would love to get some warm air through the side vents! My fingers are going numb on the steering wheel......
      Cheers,
      Adam


      Modified by Adam from Oz at 5:37 AM 6-19-2005
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    3. 06-20-2005 11:47 PM #3
      All the substantive content is present [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] ... Here's the original:
      http://members.toast.net/mahoney/heaterbox.html

    4. 06-21-2005 09:09 AM #4
      this is great! now how can we do to blow a/c from the center vents?

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      06-21-2005 09:18 AM #5
      thats another problem.....
      Vacuum servo or vacuum reaching the distribution block inside the heater controls.
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    6. 06-22-2005 02:24 PM #6
      any "how to..." gides on that George?

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      02-23-2012 12:44 PM #7
      I know this is randomly old, but this is an awesome Mk1 improvement. Not sure if anyone else has seen this, but thought it deserved a bump.
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      02-23-2012 01:03 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by vdub2625 View Post
      i know this is randomly old, but this is an awesome mk1 improvement. Not sure if anyone else has seen this, but thought it deserved a bump.
      thank you for the bump sir! I never knew of a potential fix.

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      02-23-2012 01:52 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      I know this is randomly old, but this is an awesome Mk1 improvement. Not sure if anyone else has seen this, but thought it deserved a bump.
      Quote Originally Posted by They_Call_Me_Bob View Post
      thank you for the bump sir! I never knew of a potential fix.
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