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  • Dealing with the Cadillac Escalade\'s Improper HVAC Temperature and Air Delivery Due to Failed Mode Door Actuator

    The Cadillac Escalade is one of the first major pioneers of the sports utility vehicle market. It\'s a full-sized luxury SUV made by Cadillac and introduced back in 1999 in order to compete with Japanese and German competitors. As soon as it was approved, it went into immediate production 10 months later. As for the issues in regards to Cadillac Escalade Improper HVAC Temperature and/or Air Delivery Due to Failed Mode Door Actuator, here\'s the nitty-gritty. Because the failed mode door actuator, it\'s much warmer at the front or driver\'s side of the vehicle versus at the back or the passenger\'s side.

    The Symptoms of an Improperly Working HVAC

    A Cadillac Escalade with a busted heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) will start blowing hot air on the driver\'s side regardless if you have the A/C or heater on while the passenger\'s side, it\'s cold all the way. This is problematic during winter where only the driver\'s side is warmed up and in the summer when only the passengers are cooled down.

    Some drivers do a quick fix to this by turning their Escalade on and off again to restart the HVAC and have the cool air blowing again. However, this solution doesn\'t last because it only stays cool for about two minutes before hot air starts blowing once more. It sometimes blows cool air on its own but your HVAC essentially becomes \"moody\", switching from hot then cold on a seeming whim.

    The Root Cause of the Escalade\'s HVAC Problems

    The Texas-built SUV has a bit of a problem with its HVAC that\'s actually symptomatic of all Escalades. When you select the A/C on your control panel to turn it on, there\'s cold air that blows in the back and warm air that blows in the front because of issues with the mode or blend door actuator that keeps your HVAC from evenly distributing the coldness all throughout your vehicle like a normally functioning actuator would.

    Essentially, a busted actuator makes air delivery inconsistent, such that your car temperature will vary wildly from the front to the back. Check your HVAC control module for any fault code or codes stored there. That will assist in diagnosing the problem. The presence of computers in cars has actually in equal parts helped and deterred car maintenance and repair.

    The Solution to Your HVAC and Actuator Dilemmas

    The best way to fix the Cadillac Escalade\'s improper HVAC temperature and/or air delivery due to failed mode door actuator is to install a new actuator (by yourself in a DIY fashion or with the help of a mechanic) then resetting your computers that control it. If you\'re going to take the actuator out on your own, you\'ll need a 5.5 millimeter socket and a ratchet.

    Once you have a new door actuator installed, you\'ll need to reprogram the system to recognize that it\'s there and it\'s new instead of the old actuator. To do that, unplug the battery for a minute, reconnect the battery, put the ignition on the \"on\" position and then let it sit for three to four minutes. Turn the vehicle off, let it sit for ten seconds to a minute, and then start the vehicle.