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After driving yesterday through the rain and the window demist controls were not working, and I had to crack the window so as not to form condesation inside. I took the centre console off this morning and I was looking at the controls there.

The one for heating is working, the power settings is working, but the one that you choose were to let the air go, eg: window, face, feet, the cable behind is bent and only stays at the feet position. I've tried to get it out to get a closer look, but it seems that it's glued there, the other one isn't .

Any ideas ? is that cable hard to change ?

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Sorry no idea Rob, maybe post in the 156 Tech Lounge, you might get an answer quicker in there
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Forgot about that.


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That's as much help as I can give
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Still, it's better than nothing
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Also, I have to change the oil, but in my stupid mistake, I forgot to buy an oil filter. Anyone tried those filters from Halfords ? Are they any good ? Don't think a motor factor is open on Sundays
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Can't help on that either, can it wait until next weekend ?
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I think it can, but you never know, someone on here might have used them filters in the past
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Halfords ones are fine Rob, as is their engine oil. Sure its only gonna cost a couple of euro if you dont like get another one but seriously they are fine
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If going to Halfords, I'm getting that Castrol Magnatec and their oil filter. Anyway it'll worth a try. Not sure if I wanna do it in this weather though
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if your doing an oil change outdoors Rob dont do it on a windy day, trust me I learned the hard way
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Yeah, went outside and decided it's going to wait till next week.


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There's the cable in question.

White one: heater cable, cold to hot.
Black one: air cable, window, face, feet.

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u shud b able to straighten it easily enough with a pliers, I cant see from the photos where exactly it goes
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See the last pic. The metal wire stays there and the black plastic is "bolted" onto that white heater casing. When you move the knobs, those metal wires go up and down the black/white plastic, and since the wire is bent it cannot move all the way down (only window demist position on the know), so it jumps out from there, meaning that I have to take out the centre console, and put it back again, which is a pain in the ***** ..

Hope I made it clear a bit.
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think i no what u mean now, still as i said earlier is it not just a case of straightening it with a pliers?
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You need to look for a reason for the bent cable rather than just straightening it. There is some restriction either in the cable itslef or at the flap it operates, and that's what made it go stiff and eventually bend the cable.
Can you operate the demister controls by sliding the cable in and out?
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I've looked thoroughly and the cable moves freely if I just pick it up with a pair of pliers. My only suggestion is that there's a nokia kit installed in the car, and whoever installed it must've bent it a bit, and me while operating that knob it must've bent more in time.

That's why I'm asking if it can be replaced, because I've tried to straighten it a bit, but it still bends when I move the knob.
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Yeah the cable has a weak point in it now and will tend to bend at that point. Maybe your phone fitter damaged it as you say.
I'd imagine you can buy one from Alfa, but it'll be a knuckle bleeding job to refit....
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I don't really mind trying it TBH, but where does that cable go to ?
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On the 155 it goes down to the heater box, which is in behind the center console low down, so if its the same on the 156 you should start to see it if you remove the panels in the foot well, passenger side.
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I'll try and do it next weekend to see what's the problem. In the meanwhile I may give Gerry a ring as well to see what he has to say about this.

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Just after read this thread... looking at your photo (2nd one) it looks like that metal inner cable does not need to be straightened; it actually needs to be coiled back up... like the 'other' cable in view in the 1st picture.. It looks like the damged cable has unwound or stretched.....

EDIT: Does the heater mechanism operate freely when you move it by hand?
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I don't really mind trying it TBH, but where does that cable go to ?
It's not worth the hassle, believe me. My cable cracked so I got a new one from Alfa. Getting it back onto the knob is easy, getting it up to the flap mechanism is another story altogether. I wasted about 6 hours of my life and all the skin on my knuckles and just gave up. I eventually just pulled the old cable into the window position and left it there.
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Just after read this thread... looking at your photo (2nd one) it looks like that metal inner cable does not need to be straightened; it actually needs to be coiled back up... like the 'other' cable in view in the 1st picture.. It looks like the damged cable has unwound or stretched.....

EDIT: Does the heater mechanism operate freely when you move it by hand?
I've tried to coil it back up, but to no avail. The mechanism does move freely without the wire attached, but when I attach the wire it moves slower like there's some resistance in there.


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