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End all be all actuator replacement thread (clicking sound, part numbers, video install)

jeff

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Hey folks.

4 years ago my driver's side actuator went out. Last week my passengers side actuator went out. I was reading through the massive actuator thread and spent about 2 hours getting all the info. There is some confusing and contradictory stuff there. So I decided to make my own thread and condensed the correct info here into one post to help avoid confusion. This way people in the future won't have to spend 2 hours reading through the other lengthy and confusing thread. Here goes:

As we know, the plastic gears on the actuator break and cause the sound much akin to very small person living in your dashboard trying to get out by knocking his way through. There are two actuators - driver and passenger side. The driver's side has been covered and there are many good videos on YouTube that will guide you. It's an hour or so job, it can be done without removing the seat/airbag, with the right tools it's not bad at all. Make sure you have a thumb ratchet. The passenger side is much easier, it's a five minute job. I've made a video below to show how to do the passenger side because I didn't find one on YouTube.

DRIVER SIDE
"Defrost mode door actuator"

Has 5 prongs
Motorcraft YH-1896 is the part you want, it is the updated one, made in China
Dorman 604-400 is the Dorman version
Motorcraft YH-1935 is the old part number, made in France...the YH-1896 above is the replacement part for it, updated (in theory)
Ford AV1Z-19E616K is Ford's number for the YH-1896, they are the same thing
Ford AV1Z-19E616A is Ford's number for the YH-1935, this is the old part number before update
Click this link for more info
BE8Z19E616B is another part number for this one I found floating around, which only lends to further confusion...

PASSENGER SIDE
"Heater recirculation door actuator"

Has 2 prongs
Motorcraft YH-1895 is the part you want
Dorman 604-251 is the Dorman version
Ford BE8Z-19E616A is Ford's number for the YH-1895, they are the same thing
Click this link for more info

* The Dorman versions are reported to be more sturdy, but if you look at Amazon reviews they break often as well
* Dorman gives you one year warranty, Motorcraft gives you two year warranty, from my reading
* Cost for various versions is similar if you shop around; Motorcraft tends to be a bit more but not much
* Knockoff unbranded parts can be had very cheap ($12) but I'd steer clear of those
* Part descriptions show that all of these may cause cancer or reproductive harm

My driver's side broke a few years ago at 6k miles, the passenger side broke last week at 35k miles.

PICS

DRIVER SIDE


PASSENGER SIDE


LOCATION OF PASSENGER ACTUATOR


GET ONE OF THESE AND YOU WILL CUSS LESS


SEE, IT IS VERY EASY


VIDEO OF PASSENGER SIDE (search YouTube for drivers side, there are many great videos there)
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAu9J2zFuz0&feature=youtu.be
 


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I think if it's going to be the "end all be all thread", you should probably link a Driver's Side video...
 


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Great info! At one point the Motorcraft part showed only a 90 day warranty but if it's been updated to 2 years AND has a new revision then that is great news!

But there are actually 3 actuators, driver (possibly the YH-1935 you said was outdated) and center YH-1896 (which is the same thing as BE8Z19E616B you said there was confusion about and is the infamous blend door actuator), and passenger YH-1895, from what I've gathered. If the YH-1935 French made one was indeed replaced by the Chinese made YH-1896, then there is one in the driver side and another in the center but pretty sure there are 3 total, unless I'm completely off.

Also, I'm thinking it's the Standard Motor Products that is the better design one, not Dorman. It's the only one that offers a 3 year warranty and what I would likely buy over the others. It says on
on RockAuto that it fits 2 different places, so that's why maybe the YH-1896 is indeed for driver and center as they both cross reference to that BE8Z19E616B you were confused about when actually that is the common center one.
 


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I think if it's going to be the "end all be all thread", you should probably link a Driver's Side video...
I did consider it but since I didn't make them I didn't want to post one, and since I already spent hours researching for this thread I didn't want to take another hour to watch all those videos and pick the best one, so I'll leave that up to each person.

Great info!

But there are actually 3 actuators, driver and center use the YH-1896 and passenger YH-1895, from what I've gathered.
Thanks. There being 3 actuators is news to me, I read most every word of the other loonnnngggg thread and somehow missed that, or it's not there. Thanks for the info. Don't see any installs on the "center" one....maybe that's the one they say requires dash removal.
 


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I did consider it but since I didn't make them I didn't want to post one, and since I already spent hours researching for this thread I didn't want to take another hour to watch all those videos and pick the best one.
Just to steer folks: the principal difference between the various methods of accessing the DS actuator is which bits you remove to get to it. By far the best one is to take off the plastic cover around the steering column. Then it is a 30 minute job.

If the middle one ever fails, I ain’t taking the dash off. Screw that. The car makes lots of noises, what’s one more?
 


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OK guys, we REALLY should have just checked Tasca and saved a LOT of time!

I checked and all 6 years take the same ones, parts 14-16 here, officially known as "adjust motors" by Ford:
https://www.tascaparts.com/auto-par...gas-engine/hvac-cat/blower-motor-and-fan-scat

So, then taking those long part numbers and then matching them up to the short YH numbers, leaving the dashes out of all for simplicity:
AV1Z19E616K= YH1935 - Center dash motor assembly that rarely goes out. Further proof of part match HERE
BE8Z19E616A = YH1895 - Driver side - THE actual "Heater blend door actuator", see HERE
BE8Z19E616B = YH1896 - Passenger side "Defrost Mode Door Actuator", see HERE

So, if you were looking at an alternative to Motorcraft brand you have these:
AV1Z19E616K / YH1935 = None on RockAuto, not sure we really care, going to skip for now.
BE8Z19E616A / YH1895 = Dorman 604-251 and Standard F04062
BE8Z19E616B / YH1896= Dorman 604-400 and Standard J04032

Dorman has 1-yr warranty, MotorCraft 2-yr and Standard is 3-yr

Finally, we have some clarity! :)
 


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Welp, mine just started making a clicking noise form the dash, although I haven't yet determined which side it's coming from. I called the dealer and they said they can fit it in mid-April. I'm really considering doing it myself, because it's hovering around zero here and I don't want to be stuck with no defroster.
 


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Welp, mine just started making a clicking noise form the dash, although I haven't yet determined which side it's coming from. I called the dealer and they said they can fit it in mid-April. I'm really considering doing it myself, because it's hovering around zero here and I don't want to be stuck with no defroster.
Mid-April sounds like a ridiculous wait for something as simple as this. I brought my car to the Ford dealer down the street from me without making an appointment and I had the car back to me in an hour. You might wanna consider just showing up with the issue, or looking for a different dealer.
 


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Mid-April sounds like a ridiculous wait for something as simple as this. I brought my car to the Ford dealer down the street from me without making an appointment and I had the car back to me in an hour. You might wanna consider just showing up with the issue, or looking for a different dealer.
Sadly, we don't have that many dealers in Alaska- both of the locations within 100 miles are from the same company, and I got the best time available
 


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Customer pay work....yeah that goes to the front of the line. Warranty work...that can go to the back of the line... like weeks from now! That's the way some dealers work
 


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Customer pay work....yeah that goes to the front of the line. Warranty work...that can go to the back of the line... like weeks from now! That's the way some dealers work
More than you realize bro.

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I worked at a ford dealership a while back. Just recently the diesel injection pump took a shit on my work truck. At the chevy dealership it was fixed at for all of our trucks. At least a month for warranty and about a week if out of warranty. 9400 in total. It's back at the dealer for other problems and I have no idea when I'll get it back.

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