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Vanagon Nut
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:22 am    Post subject: Climate control display cover repair Reply with quote

Hi folks.
Edit

Meant to say, the posts already have a hole in them. The tap fit nice, no drilling needed.

Due to multiple times accessing the cable adjustment for the heat control
valve, and some lack of attention, I eventually broke both the posts
off the climate control cove on my ' 88 westy.
On my ' 81 that never happened; cover always came off easily.

On the '88 cover, I epoxied a post back on. This held until next time cover
came off.

As a Hail Mary type repair, I threaded each plastic post with a 32 tap then used
a screw at each to hold them in place. This is working, cover stays on. If I ever
have to remove it again, who knows how they'll hold up but as I say, a Hail
Mary repair.

Neil.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:20 am    Post subject: Re: Climate control display cover repair Reply with quote

That's good to know. The face plates are of cost-cutting, flimsy design with roughly a ten year life span to match. The climate controls are as about as archaic as anything you can find on autos that first came with heater controls. I always thought the next time I have that problem I'd use (decorative?) screws in the front going thru to the posts. Hint: use lubricant on the posts.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:16 am    Post subject: Re: Climate control display cover repair Reply with quote

I found two small headed brown screws in my miscellaneous screw and bolt box. I drilled holes in the climate control cover where the posts broke off and, using plastic wall anchors, attached the cover to the dashboard with these screws.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Climate control display cover repair Reply with quote

Nuthin2It wrote:
I found two small headed brown screws in my miscellaneous screw and bolt box. I drilled holes in the climate control cover where the posts broke off and, using plastic wall anchors, attached the cover to the dashboard with these screws.

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Nice, I like it... Looks Factory even
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:38 am    Post subject: Re: Climate control display cover repair Reply with quote

Great solution with the little screws. My rear blower fan surround has been adrift for years and this is a good solution. Thanks.
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