How to repair floppy vents.

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How to repair floppy vents.

Postby Briano1234 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 7:52 pm

My vents are so floppy they don't stay up...Do I need viagra?

Carefully remove the vent from the dash.

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Pull the vent all the way pointing up.

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Using a small screw driver carefully pry the vent out of the
assembly.

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Looking at your vent front back sideways.

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Take a piece of thin closed cell foam or self sticky smooth velcro cut some small strips.
Stick a large piece to the side of the vent frame.

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Pry out the "top" vent bar.

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Attach small pieces of foam to the leading edge of the bar, and re-insert
being sure that you get the foam under the fingers...

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Place back in to the assembly.

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Re: How to repair floppy vents.

Postby bbrown » Sun Apr 05, 2009 11:11 pm

Good DIY fix. I really like all of the well detailed DIY threads you have you deserve a :beer: and a :thumbup:. Do you have a remedy for the vents flopping left to right? Mine don't like to shoot air at me, but rather flap all the way left or right. Anyways nice thread.
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Re: How to repair floppy vents.

Postby Briano1234 » Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:02 am

bbrown wrote:Good DIY fix. I really like all of the well detailed DIY threads you have you deserve a :beer: and a :thumbup:. Do you have a remedy for the vents flopping left to right? Mine don't like to shoot air at me, but rather flap all the way left or right. Anyways nice thread.



That is why you place the foam or the velcro on the bar that the side to side vents are supposed to rub on. With this DIY you fix the up and down as well as the side to side issue.
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Re: How to repair floppy vents.

Postby bbrown » Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:04 pm

Oh, thank you. :thumbup:
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Re: How to repair floppy vents.

Postby randy1234 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:22 pm

Could you tell me how to remove the vent assembly from the dash. I have a few small chips and cracks around mine and I am concerned that I will ruin the whole thing by prying on it.

Thank you

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Re: How to repair floppy vents.

Postby Calimus » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:39 pm

It depends on which vent's, but some of them, you can remove other parts of the dash and get to them from behind and push them out, thus, saving some of the stress. Others, you have to take your chances. However, the good news is that these vent's aren't made out of unobtainuim just yet. They can be found in many junk yards, ebay, local forum for sale area's as they were not just used in the cabriolet, but also in the rabbit's, golfs and such. So there are a lot of them floating around out there.
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Re: How to repair floppy vents.

Postby Briano1234 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:58 pm

For the center vent, I took a wire coat hanger and cut the bottom of it and divided that.
I bent a hook at 45 degrees on one end and the other I made a finger pull.

Insert that in the vent slots and hook the back of the vent on both sides and pull out.

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To remove the side vents.....
Use a flat blade screw driver and pry it out at the top against the hard plastic shell (not the edge) and the dash

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I have had good luck in gluing the middle edges with thin coats of jb weld quick If there are holes then you can use a piece of tape on the front to keep it from coming through.
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Re: How to repair floppy vents.

Postby kamzcab86 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:58 pm

Good idea for removing the center vent. :thumbup: When I put mine back in, I left the clips off.

I started to pry out one of the side vents but aborted the operation when the plastic started cracking. I shoved my arm up behind the dash and popped them out that way.

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Re: How to repair floppy vents.

Postby randy1234 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:43 am

Thanks again guys, I really appreciate your help! I used the wire method with the bent hooks and I used a flashlight to see where the hook needed to go. The vents are removed for repair and I will be starting the process listed above.

Thank you so much!

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