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Old 08-23-2016, 03:22 PM   #1
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ARGH! Broken Air Vents

So, just bought my 98 Boxster and noticed that the airvent on the passenger side was broken (vents would not go up or down). OK, went to eBay and got a replacement and 5 minutes later it was fixed.

Driving today and noticed that the driver's side is broken now. WTF?!?!?

Is there an easy way to fix this?

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Old 08-23-2016, 04:35 PM   #2
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Go on ebay and get one for the drivers side. All kidding aside this is the first time I've heard of the side air vents breaking. My center air vent is a little loose and it drives me crazy when I hit a bump and it points down.
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Old 08-23-2016, 05:17 PM   #3
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Go on ebay and get one for the drivers side. All kidding aside this is the first time I've heard of the side air vents breaking. My center air vent is a little loose and it drives me crazy when I hit a bump and it points down.
:-) OK, I thought of that as well... but was thinking if the both have done it, maybe it was something simple to fix. Would rather not have to go replace them weekly.

Yeah, I noticed that one of my center one falls down every once and awhile as well.
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What's broken about it?
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Mine both broke over time as well. I pulled one out and tried unsuccessfully to fix it. I bought a pair off ebay so far so good.
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I had this problem (driver's side) and was able to pull it apart and fix it. Took about an hour and was a little tedious as I didn't want to break anything. On mine, the vertical slider popped loose from the fins. I was able to pull the unit out, open it up and snap the parts back together. I was impressed with the engineering of the whole thing. Pretty simple really. I have pictures and can elaborate if you decide to try it yourself.
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I had this problem (driver's side) and was able to pull it apart and fix it. Took about an hour and was a little tedious as I didn't want to break anything. On mine, the vertical slider popped loose from the fins. I was able to pull the unit out, open it up and snap the parts back together. I was impressed with the engineering of the whole thing. Pretty simple really. I have pictures and can elaborate if you decide to try it yourself.
It sounds like you had the same issue as mine. Would love to see the pics and how you did it, so I can fix this one, as well as the one I already replaced.
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It sounds like you had the same issue as mine. Would love to see the pics and how you did it, so I can fix this one, as well as the one I already replaced.
Love to see the pics/write-up as well.
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Old 08-24-2016, 04:30 AM   #9
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I come across a lot of them that just need to be snapped back on. Sometimes you get lucky and can fix them without taking them completely apart. As for the center vent being loose, There's a small square rubber piece that the vents rub up against and keeps tension on them. That rubber piece either shrinks or gets worn down over time. I put a shim behind it on mine and it fixed the problem of them flopping down. You'll have take the center vent apart to repair them though.
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@Tommy...if you're ok with the vent being set in one basic place, I just rolled the vent downwards and stuck a small piece of weatherstripping (about 1/8" thick) on the top edge and then rotated the vent back up...squeezing the weatherstripping down so the vent rolls back inside the housing.....it won't fall down anymore.....
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@Tommy...if you're ok with the vent being set in one basic place, I just rolled the vent downwards and stuck a small piece of weatherstripping (about 1/8" thick) on the top edge and then rotated the vent back up...squeezing the weatherstripping down so the vent rolls back inside the housing.....it won't fall down anymore.....
Good idea, I think i'll try that tonight. I have had that vent out of the dash many times over the years, but always forgot to try and fix it while it was out.
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Here are my notes and photos from pulling the driver's side vent in order to pop the fins and slider back into place. Start by pulling the unit as is described elsewhere, as if you are accessing the headlamp switch. I went ahead and disconnected everything so I could wrestle with opening it up. The only difficult part is in separating the internals from the housing. There are four tabs that hold it together and mine were a real bear to get apart. One side was no problem, the other was tricky and hard to get the tabs to budge. In the end, I think it was more force than anything that got it apart. Once that's done, the rest is easy. The horizontal fins are even numbered so you know the order they sit. The vertical slider simply snaps into each fin.

Yellow arrow shows vertical slider. Green arrows show tabs.


This is what popped out of place, along with a couple of horizontal fins.


In this photo, yellow arrows show the 4 tabs.


Detail of the tabs. They are not very flexible, hence the problem popping them out.


Side view of body.


Showing the fins that had popped out.


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