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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-22-2006, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Heater Control Cable

I bought my truck on June 30 and soon realized I had no heat. Took it in and they told me it had a bad cable, they'd have to order it. Well it's going on 8 weeks now and still no damn part. So today I find out that GM has redesigned the part and it's still in the testing phase and it could be another month or two before it's available

Is anyone else going through this?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-22-2006, 06:15 PM
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HUH?

How hard can it be to make a cable the correct length?

I think a different dealer is needed.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-22-2006, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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I called 3 other parts departments, none to be had in the country. Try for yourself #15892595, they all told me it has been discontinued by GM and isn't available for at least a month. I don't know what the actual problem with it is but i'm going to dig in there and see if I can rig something up, with GM they'll expect me to go through the winter without heat.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-23-2006, 01:03 AM
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I better check mine. I haven't even thought about heat. It's been in the high 90's here every day since I bought my truck on June 30 ( I hope the date is just a coincidence :( )
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-23-2006, 01:29 AM
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I had a problem with my heater cable slipping. Took it in 2 times and they said it was fixed. The third time they said that it was the best that they could do. I found that I have to turn the knob very slowly or it will slip.

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Ok let me chime in here...

I've seen 2 cases similar to this. Turns out our blend door and mode door cables are kinda cheesy and they can flex too easily if you force them excessively on 04-05s. The new ones are thicker and routed differently to minimize bends/kinks.

Yes updated cables are in the process of being made.

For those of us who worry about this, you can minimize this from happening by taking it easy on the dials and turn them slowly and not soo fast/hard. Also, turn blower speed to really low or off if your turning the mode or temp dials from one side to another, the blower fan wind can actually add additional resistance to the mode and blend doors as they try to turn against airflow thus bending the cables.

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I had a problem with my heater cable slipping. Took it in 2 times and they said it was fixed. The third time they said that it was the best that they could do. I found that I have to turn the knob very slowly or it will slip.
Thats BS, there's either a problem with the control head or the blend door is sticking or something is not moving smoothly. But yea turn it slowly if possible.

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-23-2006, 09:57 AM
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But this happened on a 2006, not a 04 or 05.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-26-2006, 04:15 PM
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I could tell those controls were wimpy...
They just don't have a good feel to them.
It's one of the few things about which I've never been happy on my truck...
I haven't had any problems with them, but they just feel crappy.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-30-2006, 05:14 PM
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my heater wont work either they said the cable was pulled out also because of aftermarket head unit installation, does anyone kno ihow to fix this because i got no heat
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-30-2006, 06:50 PM
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That's too bad we don't have electronically operated ac controls.

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-30-2006, 07:40 PM
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does anyone kno how to or where the heater cable plugs back in i dont even know where to start looking
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Well not sure exactly whats going on inside your heater controls but if you pop off the radio and heater control bezel you can see the top side of the heater controls and the 2 cables as well. Just be careful not to break anything.

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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-14-2006, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Well it's been cold and rainy the last couple days and GM still has no part so I have no heat

So I tore into and figured out what was wrong with it. The cable has a thin wire inside a rubber/plastic sheathing, the wire attaches to the top of the temp blend knob. When the knob is to the right (hot) the wire is pushed into the sheathing, turning the knob to the left (cold) pulls the wire out of the sheathing. No problem with that but it's when I turn it back to the right and the wire is pushed back into the sheathing it gets hung up and starts to bend, then pops off the knob and no more control, thus it is stuck on cold.

So now I just had to push the wire into the sheathing by hand, attach it to the knob and leave it. Now I have heat

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