Problem with my 2006 Chevrolet Equinox.
I have a 2006 Chevy Equinox that the heater does not work. The blower fan and all the switches are
fine. Airflow does change from vent to floor to defrosters. When i turn the temp knob to hot air, only
get cold come out. Does not matter what setting the mode door is in?

Removed the temperature control motor actuator, and the little knob that it goes into is just spinning
and pushes in to the heater box.

Is this a repair to be sent to a mechanic or can i replace it myself.
Do have experience working on cars and trucks for years, but not an Equinox or
Pontiac Torrent
which are the same vehicle.
Answer:
Yes, this is becoming a common problem on the Chevy Equinox and Pontiac Torrent.
The temp door has broken inside the dash.
In order to replace it, you will need to remove the entire dash, all related parts, the cross car beam,
then you can remove the heater A/C case.
The case must be disassembled to replace the door.
It costs about $22.
This is an extremely big job. Takes a good 7-8 hours to complete. Even for me who works on these
cars and trucks all day.
I would suggest not doing this yourself unless you have experience with the
Chevy Equinox or Pontiac Torrent.
Here are a few pic of the before and after. Click on picture for a larger view.
BEFORE
AFTER
Dash of Chevy Equinoxor Pontiac Torrent before removing to replace the heater A/C temperature motor door when you cannot control the temp.
Picture of the dash removed to replace heater air conditioning temperature door motor that breaks and causes no hot or cold air from vents on Chevrolet Equinox or Pontiac Torrent.
2-15-11
I also have a 2006 Equinox. I have the same issue. My mechanic flip the door open so I
can get the heat. This is not the only problem with this SUV. I've replace the drive shaft,
supposedly my strut are going. I think these are lemons. And to get GM to repair your
crap. You must take it to there dealers. Good Luck.
Comments
3-19-11
I also have the same problem and I'm a single mom and can't afford to have this repaired
again so I'm turning to the media in hopes to get someone to realize GM needs to be fixing
this issue.
3-19-11
I am turning to the media as well. I too am a single mom and can't afford this expense for a
35.00 part. I haven't had any other issues with the vehicle just this heat problem. My struts
are fine and i live in Detroit where the roads are horrible. I don't think they are lemons, but
this heater issue is a problem due to no defrost, that is a safety issue.
7-17-11
Our heater does not work now and it has 47,000 miles.  Don't know what it would take to
get it fixed.
7-22-11
add me to the list. Have a 2005 equinox and GM said, sorry, we are unable to
help you. There are hundreds if not thousands of these complaints. Lets all file a
class action lawsuit.
9-5-11
I have the same Heater problem I agree this is a problem with these vehicles
causing a very unsafe driving condition when winter comes around...come on
GM either get off your lazy #@% or forget me and all my Facebook friends from
ever buying a GM car again.
10-21-11
On the 2-15-11 comment how did the mechanic flip the door to get heat?????   I
am also a single mom and the winter is coming !!!!
You have to remove the door actuator motor, then you
may be able to grab what is left of the door and turn it. If
you push it in any further than it is, you will not be able to
do it. The motor is accessed by removing the glove box.
It is on the side of the HVAC case, left or glove box.
10-30-11
my heater also quit and i have 5 grand kids to ride in the car they range from ages 1 to 8
Click for larger pictures
11-1-11
I took it to a garage today and they told me $800 to fix it.  I know the article says not to try
it yourself, but for a $25 part?  Not sure what to do and its going to get cold fast here in
the Midwest.
Just look at the pictures above ! Absolutely everything
has to come out, right down to the firewall. If you have
never taken out a dash before, then don't try it on this
one ! There is a lot more parts than just what you see
when looking at your dash board.
12-6-11
He's right. I'm doing one for a customer right now. It's really not that hard if your familiar
with cars. Just be careful with the airbags and there are rivets that need to be drilled out.
2-21-12
Add me to the list just broke this past weekend.....sent e-mail to GM about it still waiting for
a reply......I really don't expect to receive one back....NO more GM cars in my house. Also,
they need to send their engineers back to basic mechanical drawing class for designing
such a piece of garbage.........
4-15-12
I have an 2006 Pontiac Torrent- a big disappointment from day 1. Now the heat door is
gone. I'm just going to cut the housing open with a hot knife and take my chances. $1000?
GM-bite me!
I also have a 02 Liberty with 450,000 km. Major repairs? $0.I should have bought a
second one.
I also have a 06 equinox heater door broke is
1000 dollars to fix it I think g m needs to step up and get this problem fixed. how n days
can just shit a grand.

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