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Old 01-12-2022, 04:07 PM   #1
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DIY: Repair HVAC Blend Doors using Plastic Plugs (i.e. fix for foam in air vents)

I was reading VW forums and noticed that the Golf/Jetta/Beetle/Passat have the same HVAC blend door foam issues that Porsches do. Some users have started using plastic plugs to block the holes in the blend doors. The size and number of those plugs looked very similar to the Porsche blend doors, so I ordered as set…and they fit!

I put together a quick video fo the installation process. Hopefully someone else finds this useful/helpful.
Porsche 911 Boxster Blend Door Repair Plugs (fix foam coming out of vents)

Video: https://youtu.be/ZiFFllCzlxc

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Old 01-14-2022, 12:45 PM   #2
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I was reading VW forums and noticed that the Golf/Jetta/Beetle/Passat have the same HVAC blend door foam issues that Porsches do. Some users have started using plastic plugs to block the holes in the blend doors. The size and number of those plugs looked very similar to the Porsche blend doors, so I ordered as set…and they fit!

I put together a quick video fo the installation process. Hopefully someone else finds this useful/helpful.
Porsche 911 Boxster Blend Door Repair Plugs (fix foam coming out of vents)

Video: https://youtu.be/ZiFFllCzlxc

DSP Blend Door Plugs
Cool! If I ever need to open mine up again I'll do it!
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Old 01-17-2022, 06:38 AM   #3
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Those little plugs look like the way to go, well worth the cost. I've done that repair using fiberglass three times. The plugs would eliminate the mess and the curing time of fiberglass, saving about three hours on the whole project.
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Old 01-17-2022, 08:38 PM   #4
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Great video, thanks for posting!
I feel so old school for using duct tape...Luckily, we don't get too cold here in NW Florida.
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... I feel so old school for using duct tape. ...
It is an HVAC *duct*, so ...correct use of the tape.
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Old 01-18-2022, 03:59 PM   #6
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I think the high-temp duct tape will work just as well as the plugs.

I didn’t know about the fiberglass repair option. That does sound labor intensive, especially for someone like me who is terrible at fiberglass work.
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Old 01-19-2022, 11:03 AM   #7
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I think the high-temp duct tape will work just as well as the plugs.

I didn’t know about the fiberglass repair option. That does sound labor intensive, especially for someone like me who is terrible at fiberglass work.
I'm with you on that! It was hard enough getting the strips of aluminum tape in place, I couldn't imagine laying glass tape and brushing resin onto the bled doors using the shortcut method and not making a mess all over, and having the resin run down and possibly harden in places that would jam the doors. My hat's off to someone who can do that!
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Old 01-30-2022, 08:01 AM   #8
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Thank you for posting this information. I ordered my plugs and will install them before spring. I'm planning to use clear RTV sealant for a neater appearance. (I know it is unlikely that anyone else will ever see it.)
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Great video, thanks for posting!

I have a stupid question - why are there holes in these panels to start with?

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Old 02-07-2022, 03:23 AM   #10
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Great video, thanks for posting!

I have a stupid question - why are there holes in these panels to start with?
It's not a stupid question – that blend door is definitely a stupid design! My guess is that it was a cost reduction. The end result is about 1/3 less material.
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It's not a stupid question – that blend door is definitely a stupid design! My guess is that it was a cost reduction. The end result is about 1/3 less material.
It isless mate rial but I'd bet there's another 'engineering' reason as you wouldn't cut different shape holes just to save materials.
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There definitely is an engineering reason to cut different shaped holes: To remove as much material as possible and still maintain the structural integrity of the part. The size and placement of each size of hole is proportional to the size of each panel.
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Did the plugs today and don’t you know the first one I tried to put in I dropped !! Anyone have any idea where it goes and if it can be retrieved ? It’s def not down in the bottom anywhere
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I dropped a couple of plugs during the install. They fall down to the bottom of the blend door enclosure. They can be difficult to see, but to my recollection there is no “lower level of hell”. You should be able to retrieve it by hand. Try recording a video with your phone placed inside the vent enclosure to get a good view of everything. You can also get a cheap endoscope from Amazon:
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Having some RTV on your fingers helps keep it from getting away from you during insertion.
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Just ordered. And I have a camera and pinchers already in case I start dropping them.
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Plugs? Lol.

The wheel already has been invented, and it's called tape.
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Plugs? Lol.

The wheel already has been invented, and it's called tape.
Plug are actually a bit slicker fix, and never seem to come loose as the tape sometimes does.....
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Plug are actually a bit slicker fix, and never seem to come loose as the tape sometimes does.....
I used a 3M product designed for mitigating headlight/foglight chips. It comes pre-cut (I used it on a BMW) or in a sheet. I had both. It's ~1/8" thick with a nice adhesive. It's ne-ver coming off. No one ever will see it.
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My blend door is waaay better than your blend door.

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My blend door is waaay better than your blend door.

Yeah... I'd have to see pics.


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