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Old 05-22-2018, 06:13 PM   #1
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My controls for the MH heater, vents and ac decided to come loose. Anyone else ever have this happen to their TradeWinds. It looks like it was taped in place with duct tape. Any thoughts on how I can reach this to fix it and how can I do it??
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If you can't access it from underneath, I think you'll have to loosen the black dashboard panel and try to see how it was fastened originally. If you find duct tape, while ironic that it controls the under dash ducts, I don't think that was an original install.
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Old 06-04-2018, 04:16 PM   #3
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Still Need Dash Board HELP

I removed the 4 screws on the dash plate, but evidently something else under it is holding it in place. I looked under the dash and could see the silver tape, it looks like the same type tape used to seal seams on home heaters and ac ducts. I reached up and could press it back in place in the corner that was loose but the next day it was back in the dash again.

Any National mechanics on here that could tell me how to reach in the dash to try to secure this? Any other National owners ever experience this?
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In order to get to the back side, you need to remove the screws around the external section including 1 underneath on each side. There is also velcro between it and the main dash panel. Not a hard job. Then pull the entire unit back toward the steering wheel.
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Why not just remove one of the knobs so you have something to grab with pliers then strategically place a few drops of super glue on the edges and hold in place till it sets up.
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That's a good idea, think I'll pick up some Gorilla Glue and give it a shot. Thanks, will let you know how it comes out or in this case in. lol
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That's a good idea, think I'll pick up some Gorilla Glue and give it a shot. Thanks, will let you know how it comes out or in this case in. lol
I'd be careful with Gorilla Glue. It's great, but it does expand and 'foam' will leak out around the dash panel.

The dashboard will come out, you'll just have to find all the screws holding it in place.
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There is a place for 2 screws on opposite sides, one at the top and the other is at the bottom. My Challenger had the same type control and it did the same thing. The ear broke off of mine and it glued it back on and bolted it back up. Wasn't an easy job if I remember right. It's been quite a while.
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Well it was a hoot with applying the Gorilla glue and reaching up under the dash to push it back in place. Will check it out in a few days as we are running 100 degree weather. Only problem was trying to get the glue off my fingers, thank goodness for GOOGLE.
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Well I checked it out and the glue seems to be holding it in place, I pushed the one knob back in place and it didn't even wiggle. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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