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Old 03 Jul 2006, 05:46 pm
John Breen
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Default How do troubleshoot a blockage?

I believe I have an airflow blockage in the heating system of a 95 EX.
Any suggestions as to how I can diagnose where it might be?
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Old 03 Jul 2006, 07:50 pm
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"John Breen" <john.breen@excite.com> wrote in message
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>I believe I have an airflow blockage in the heating system of a 95 EX. Any
>suggestions as to how I can diagnose where it might be?


It's not too hard to figure out. Air comes in the dam in front of the screen
passes the AC evaporator and the heater core, moves via vent valves to the
centre outlets and to the side vents.

Better question is why you think there's blockage. Does the fan work at all?
Does the air come through the side vents? How about the center vents? Is
there a build up of krud (commonly dirt and leaves) blocking the dam in
front of the screen?

SJD


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Old 03 Jul 2006, 11:30 pm
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Default Re: How do troubleshoot a blockage?

John Breen wrote:
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> I believe I have an airflow blockage in the heating system of a 95 EX.
> Any suggestions as to how I can diagnose where it might be?


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Without waiting until Psychic Wednedsday, could you tell us what EX you
have?

If you live in a country where everybody should know what an EX is,
please mention what country it is.


'Curly'
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Old 04 Jul 2006, 07:03 am
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Default Re: How do troubleshoot a blockage?

An easy way to check might be to remove the blower fan carefully from under
the dash, passanger side. Then reach in the opening toward the evaporator,
near the bottom, and remove the debris (usually leaves). This method has
worked for me before on several types of cars. Watch out for critters and
stinging insects....just kidding, I hope?

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Old 04 Jul 2006, 10:49 am
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Default Re: How do troubleshoot a blockage?

Thanks for the responses so far.

It is a 1995 Accord EX, standard, 99k, 4 cyl, here in New Hampshire, US.
Sorry.

Reason for suspecting blockage is based on suggestions by auto shops in
the area. If I turn the fan on, I can hear it come on and accelerate at
higher settings (off through 4). So the fan seems to be blowing.
Additionally, when I go from recirc to fresh air and back, I can hear
the difference there as well (recirc being louder).

We are not getting any real airflow through ANY vents - lower, torso, or
defrost.

We also suspect an A/C problem, but that may simply need a recharge or
something similiar. But without a good airflow to feel, I'm not really
looking to address that issue yet. First things first, I guess - UNLESS
someone tells me that the two issues are likely related. Then, of
course, I'm all ears.

Will look into all suggestions and see if I can figure out how the air
flows.


duckbill wrote:
> An easy way to check might be to remove the blower fan carefully from under
> the dash, passanger side. Then reach in the opening toward the evaporator,
> near the bottom, and remove the debris (usually leaves). This method has
> worked for me before on several types of cars. Watch out for critters and
> stinging insects....just kidding, I hope?
>


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Old 08 Jul 2006, 03:42 pm
John Breen
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Default Re: How do troubleshoot a blockage?

duckbill wrote:
> An easy way to check might be to remove the blower fan carefully from under
> the dash, passanger side. Then reach in the opening toward the evaporator,
> near the bottom, and remove the debris (usually leaves). This method has
> worked for me before on several types of cars. Watch out for critters and
> stinging insects....just kidding, I hope?
>


Thanks again. Worked fine. Unfortunately I found a TON of stuff in there
- both in the area of the blower, and in the base of the evaporator -
which I pried open to see inside. Looks like whatever creature bedded
down was quite comfy. They were also nice enough to leave plenty of
droppings.

Good news is, the blockage is gone. Bad news is that the air smells
horrible. Guess I'm looking to replace the evaporator at a minimum and
hope that clears the air.
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Old 08 Jul 2006, 07:18 pm
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"John Breen" <john.breen@excite.com> wrote in message
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> Thanks again. Worked fine. Unfortunately I found a TON of stuff in there -
> both in the area of the blower, and in the base of the evaporator - which
> I pried open to see inside. Looks like whatever creature bedded down was
> quite comfy. They were also nice enough to leave plenty of droppings.
>
> Good news is, the blockage is gone. Bad news is that the air smells
> horrible. Guess I'm looking to replace the evaporator at a minimum and
> hope that clears the air.


Thanks for the feedback.

I doubt the evaporator will have to be replaced, but the housing will have
to be cleaned thoroughly. Depending on where you live this could be a true
emergency. Here in the desert southwest Haanta virus is endemic among
rodents. Haanta is spread by airborne particles from rodent droppings, and
the effects are horrendous. Beyond the high mortality rate, recovery is slow
and nerve damage is common. 10% bleach solution is the sanitation of choice;
alcohol is ineffective against the virus.

Mike


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