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I am looking for a tech specialist in the Chicago, IL area that knows 2003 SSR's.
I need a heater actuator temperature damper door replaced. I've heard it can be quite a job.
I would prefer getting a tech that is familiar with the SSR.
Steve
 

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I am looking for a tech specialist in the Chicago, IL area that knows 2003 SSR's.
I need a heater actuator temperature damper door replaced. I've heard it can be quite a job.
I would prefer getting a tech that is familiar with the SSR.
Steve
Welcome from one of the SoCal Nuts. I can't help with this problem but I am sure someone will come along soon who has some ideas. I know there are other Fanatics in the St. Louis/Chicago area.
If you go to User CP in the upper right of the page and then go to the Edit Your Details under the Your Profile heading in the Left hand column on the page you might find others in your area answering because they know where you are. We really are a friendly bunch and we know more about our trucks, collectively, than any dealerrship.
 

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:agree :agree Edit your details. Welcome from Forney Texas. Hang on help is surely on the way.

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I am looking for a tech specialist in the Chicago, IL area that knows 2003 SSR's.
I need a heater actuator temperature damper door replaced. I've heard it can be quite a job.
I would prefer getting a tech that is familiar with the SSR.
Steve
It's not likely you're going to find an SSR specialist at any of the dealers or even a mechanics shop. The best ones suited for this are those of with SSR that tear into them just to see how they work or have already repaired those types of issues and know what can be done.

If you can not find anyone in your near vicinity to do what you need done, contact me via PM. I'm just north of you across the WI Border. I've had the entire inside of mine out to replace the HVAC EVAPORATOR.
 

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I am trying Monday to check on local shops experience with the SSR. Is the HHR similar in heater/dash to the SSR? Also they say the SSR is based off the Chevy Trail Blazer or GMC Envoy. Would they have similar experience for the SSR?
 

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Brace yourself......

I am assuming that you have tried the "HVAC Calibration Procedure" found in the maintenance manual and on Dictator's list of remedies.... If you have not done so yet, I HIGHLY recommend trying it first.

If you are convinced you MUST replace the actuator, you first need to be sure that you have all three of the actuators in your possession. You don't want to go into this twice.....

To replace the actuators requires removal of the A/C unit from the dash. In order to get it out of the dash, you must remove the ENTIRE dash assembly out of the SSR. This is a really horrible job....... GM allocates 16 shop hours to do this. 8 hours labor to remove the dash and 8 hours labor to reinstall. You will need to begin by removing the sun visors and all of the inside windshield trim. The seats and console need to be removed and the steering column has to be dropped. You will need to disconnect the heater hoses at the firewall and the A/C lines at the firewall. Once everything (including all the in-dash wiring harness) is disconnected, the main dash assembly can be removed. This is a two man job, since the assembly weighs about 125 pounds.

There is the possibility that once you have the dash coverings off and can actually see the actuator in question, you may figure out a way to replace your one actuator without removing the whole enchilada.

Oh.... did you know that one of the actuators is no longer available????? Research required here....

I'm sorry to throw such a wet blanket onto the project, but I've been party to this before.....

Please also accept my apology for such a down post..... I'm usually much more upbeat than this.

Mike
 

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If all else fails and you still want a dealer to do the repair I have read posted here find a GM garage that works on and specializes in Corvette and Cadillac repair as most of their repair folks are better trained in the specialty vehicles and do a better job. Warning! It will be expensive. Might want to try what Mike said in post #6 above, about doing the reset thing first. Good luck.
 

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I took the SSR in to get diagnosis and they found the Control Head bad for the heater controls behind the 3 knobs on the dash. The tech said they don't make the Control Head anymore.
Said to look for:
Part # HVAC-VT124305 Single zone manual unit.
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Part # HVAC-VT124305 - 000025464 Single zone manual unit.
This is what he looked up.
Other option, is the heater works fine if you attach a ground wire to the control module. Just have to disconnect the ground wire for AC in the summer. This fix is around $250 or so. So I suggested a toggle switch for the ground wire, and said that should work.
Any help with the part would be great. Beats taking out the dash.
 
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