Air conditioner box

Dan Wing wagons at
Fri Apr 9 22:14:58 EDT 2004

Again, extremely helpful-- I think we've got it nailed. Or is that tied?

Dan Wing

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Head" <v8q at>
To: "Dan Wing" <wagons at>
Cc: <200q20v at>; "qlist" <quattro at>
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2004 10:11 PM
Subject: Re: Air conditioner box

> There is a stamped steel replacement part - u-shaped, that replaces the
> broken plastic arm that the vacuum motor twist locks into. Cost from
> Audi is under 5.00 as I recall. The hard part is installing it. I laid
> upside down about 2.5 hours hand drilling the holes (rotating a drill
> bit with my fingers) in the plastic to mount it on my 87 5KCStq. When
> the same problem occured on my 1989 200q, I used 3 tie wraps instead.
> One around the base of the vacuum motor with a tie wrap inserted on each
> side. After it was cinched up tightly, I put the motor back in and
> cinched up the other 2 on the respective legs of the holder. Worked like
> a champ for 2 years. I sold the car to a lister 4 years back and as far
> as I know its still going strong...
> Dave Head
> Dan Wing wrote:
> >I bought my car in Florida a year and a half ago, and it fogged up in
cool weather and smelled musty. The mechanic found an oil bottle wedged down
in the air conditioner box to hold the recirc door closed, and after it was
removed the car dried out. This winter I noticed it did not defog as well as
expected with passengers in the car and a different mechanic has found that
the air motor for the outer door (slide?) on the box has been broken off of
its mounting in such a way that it "cannot" be reattached. Apparently the
air motor itself is OK (though disconnected and the lines are plugged) and
the door is OK, but the mounting on the box is irretrievably broken so the
door cannot work. Mechanic estimates hundreds of dollars to replace box,
even if I find one (disconnect air conditioner, replace box, R-134
conversion, replace components).
> >
> >Anyone seen this situation? Anyone done a less expensive fix? Mechanic
says climate control probably confused by constantly open outer door, but
perhaps that is not so big a problem and I can just leave it, or perhaps fix
the door in a half-open position? I live in Vermont (cold winter, not too
hot in summer), so could I just fix the door in position seasonally? If so,
what would the positions be? What is the consequence of this door not
> >
> >Lastly, does anyone have a good air conditioner box to sell me, if I go
that route??
> >
> >Dan Wing
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