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Old 07-11-2012, 08:53 PM   #1
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A/C Vents Closing - FIXED

My A/C vents kept closing on their own when the A/C was running. It was very frustrating as every few hours I'd have to go around and open them again. I was worried about them closing and freezing up the compressor. I had it to the dealer and they "adjusted" them (not sure what adjustment there is!) but they still closed. Below is what I did to fix them.

First, I removed the vent by removing some of the louvers and then pulling on the edge. I then put a dab of caulk on the holes that hold the smallest louver. This creates just enough friction that the louvers still open and close, but only when you push on them. To finish things up, I sprayed some lithium grease on a paper towel and rubbed it in the opening so the whole vent would turn to direct the airflow. Some of them had started getting very difficult to turn.

I can now sleep all night, and in the morning the air is still blowing on my face!
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:28 AM   #2
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My previous RV, a 2011 Cardinal 5th(Forest River) wheel had the same vents & issue. There was a silent recall on those vents, but we never heard about it from the dealer. I fixed mine by removing the vents then placing a small o-ring on the pivot shaft of the center vent. I takes up the slack in the vent to cause enough friction to keep the it open. No more closing by its self. Oh yeah the dealer did order me a full set of vents, to replace mine but I never picked them up.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:37 AM   #3
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Orings as stated do the trick.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:27 PM   #4
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We started out by placing wood clothes pins, but graduated to using those ornamental weights that clip to a tablecloth to keep it from blowing away. They are decorative and always starts a conversation like "what are those for?"
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:54 PM   #5
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all my vents like those fell apart so I put new ones in they work better than the original ones
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:58 PM   #6
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all my vents like those fell apart so I put new ones in they work better than the original ones
And you used? (Why does this feel like pulling eye teeth?)

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Old 07-14-2012, 07:57 AM   #7
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We had the same problem, FR sent new vents, same problem. DW cut small pieces of styrofoam and wedged them between the outer ring and the largest slat . Works great besides we don't close them anyway.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:01 PM   #8
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I also have the same problem but after reading your fix with the o rings,today i went to auto parts store and got some o rings and fixed the problom.
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