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Old 11-30-2009, 03:24 PM   #1
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Fixed Defroster for .50 cents

Ok, it has became evident that the 97-99 Jeeps were prone to the plastic piece that inserts into the defroster door breaking. So, there is a metal bar that comes out of the air plunger that opens and closes the defroster door. Unattach the metal bar from the plastic piece that inserts in to the defroster door. If it is broken, like mine was, there was a small hole in the bottom of it. The piece that breaks off "inside" of the defroster door has a small hole in it also. I went to the local hardware store, I bought a #8 x 2" phillips pan head sheet metal screw, and a #8 flat washer. All together .50 cents!! I stuck the plastic piece back into the defroster door and then inserted the sheet metal screw and threaded until it was tight. Started the Jeep, turned on the defrost and the door opened perfectly. I was going to take complete pictures, but, the batteries went dead in the camera. I will post a completed picture later tonight when I get home. Some folks said to fix it you will have to take the entire dash apart, I didn't and it took me less than 10 minutes tops.

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Old 11-30-2009, 08:23 PM   #2
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Ok, here is the only pic that I got before the camera went dead, again. I apologize for the flash glare. The screw and washer are the to round shiny objects above the silver air diaphram. Like I said, the screw was a #8 x 2" phillips pan head sheet metal screw and the washer was a #8 flat washer. Once you start threading the screw into the black plastic piece you can feel it grab the broken part on the inside of the defroster housing and just continue to tighten until the screw is tight. Defrost works excellent now.
Crap, for some reason picture won't post.. I hate this..

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Old 11-30-2009, 08:45 PM   #3
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Ok, this should work now. The screw is the round shiny object.
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:43 PM   #4
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I think I have the same problem you did. When I turn my fan to a higher setting the 2 I hear a sound that appears to be a door flapping shut. Was this what happend with your Jeep? I have a 99. If I can fix it for 50 cents that'd be great.
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