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Old 05-20-2019, 04:33 PM   #21
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... The knob is a very complex part, save them if you can they just snap off. ...
I used a toothpick bit glued on to the handle assembly to replace one of the little fork tabs. Works ok so far, but gentle operation helps. That said, my K9 copilot doesn't apply gentle.

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Old 05-20-2019, 10:47 PM   #22
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I looked at the new replacement panels with the idea of modeling it in CAD and 3D printing a one piece assembly. We have a printer that prints ABS.

The design doesn’t lend itself to that.
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Right side vent closet to the passenger window. I tried to recover a couple of the broken and missing louvers today, and messed whole the thing up. Some louvers had slid down the chute out of reach. Now it is open without any louvers. I would have been better off leaving it alone. Another lesson learned. Hopefully.
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:49 PM   #24
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Passenger side only?
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Default Re: Fixing a broken plastic dash vent louver

The watch band pins are in the mail.

I experimented with cutting the longer pins in 1/2. The long pins can be cut. The spring ends still work. Cutting does leave the dead end a bit bigger from the crushing, but the pin should still insert into the plastic.

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My plan is to offer up my good louvers from the old panels once I get the new ones installed.
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I removed the full panel, less the air bag. Then used a vacuum cleaner in the vent hole to recover a louver. I have disassembled this panel and have 3d modeled only the louvers....
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I looked at the new replacement panels with the idea of modeling it in CAD and 3D printing a one piece assembly. We have a printer that prints ABS.

The design doesn’t lend itself to that.
I got the disassembly figured out and the louvers are a simple print
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