1981 Malibu 2 door heater door cable pivot point replacement

Toolman78

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I broke the heater door pivot point today while taking the hvac head unit out. I can find the part. But how to remove the old arm? New arm says “turn clockwise to remove and replace “. Any tips or how to replace it? Thanks!
 

69hurstolds

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Where is it broke? If it's just the ARM broken, you can take what's left, remove any cables/rods attached to it, (don't break that threaded rod connector bushing, you'll pay hell getting a replacement. I think they make repros, but they're PRICEY!), and turn it so that the "wings" on the pivot pin line up with the corresponding slotted holes on the HVAC housing. You may not be able to see it without a mirror. Once it lines up, it'll come right out.

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69hurstolds

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Hopefully you can reuse yours, but if you break your threaded rod clip, you can buy this one for 15 bucks (or $6 plus shipping on the website), or you can hope to find GM p/n 1224062. They're pricey AF because the Corvettes use the same clip. So....


 
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Toolman78

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Hopefully you can reuse yours, but if you break your threaded rod clip, you can buy this one for 15 bucks (or $6 plus shipping on the website), or you can hope to find GM p/n 1224062. They're pricey AF because the Corvettes use the same clip. So....


Thanks 69hurst It broke where the cable from the head unit connects. I tried pulling up on it in all positions and I cannot get it out. Any idea what way the slot is in the box??
 

69hurstolds

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IIRC, you have to make sure all the connections are off the lever, then you need to turn the thing clockwise (CCW if you're looking up from the bottom). I might be backwards on that. But the thing is, there's slots in the housing that need to line up with the wings on the lever and it should just lift up and out. It's not like the slots are huge, so turn it slow while slightly lifting up. That's about the best advice I can give you. You MAY be able to reach it better if you take the glovebox totally out, but it's been so long since I done one, and my mind is dissolving, apparently.
 

Toolman78

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Awesome! Thanks for the help! I’ll try it now and see what happens!
 

Toolman78

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IIRC, you have to make sure all the connections are off the lever, then you need to turn the thing clockwise (CCW if you're looking up from the bottom). I might be backwards on that. But the thing is, there's slots in the housing that need to line up with the wings on the lever and it should just lift up and out. It's not like the slots are huge, so turn it slow while slightly lifting up. That's about the best advice I can give you. You MAY be able to reach it better if you take the glovebox totally out, but it's been so long since I done one, and my mind is dissolving, apparently.
Can you do this with everything attached but the glove box? Silly question I know
 

Toolman78

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Can you do this with everything attached but the glove box? Silly question I know
I got it out! You were right with the clockwise if you are looking down on it. Thanks again for the help!!!
 
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g0thiac

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Hopefully you can reuse yours, but if you break your threaded rod clip, you can buy this one for 15 bucks (or $6 plus shipping on the website), or you can hope to find GM p/n 1224062. They're pricey AF because the Corvettes use the same clip. So....


Mine broke while taking out the radio in my 88 Caprice, plastic broke trying to remove the AC/Heater cable.

Broke as one big chunk though, so I will try 2 stage epoxy, or I might consider melting the plastic back together with a soldering iron.
 

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