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VACUUM LINES SUCK

after much reading and searching online i was informed as to why my heater had defrost option only working...
i have a 2000 ranger with a 3.slow and found that one of the vacuum lines to the vacuum ball was either cut off or broke by the fire wall. i got a line connected to the ball and now all is well.......i was shocked. what ever happened to metal linkages?? lol
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When every thing started being built by the lowest bidder.
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yea,,,,,,,"HEATER", "DEFROST". thats the only positions you need.
whats with all this vacuum crap?
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Reason for dumping metal linkage is because its easier to implement vacuum or electronic controlled vents. You don't have to route the linkage. (I'm talking about the solid rod linkage, I think cable would have been the best alternative). I guess vacuum and electronic systems came out to be a cheaper method.

As for ford going with vacuum: vacuum components are cheaper and IMO easier to diagnose than electronic components(personal opinion and will vary from person to person). It is 10x cheaper for a vacuum actuator than a electronic one.

Now why ford uses electronic blend door actuators beats me. I thought the cable style is fine. I guess maybe its easier to brake the blend door components with the manual style if you twist the know to fast/hard.
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Metal linkage stopped with Gen 3.

btw. "vacuum lines suck" they're SUPPOSED to suck, they're a vacuum
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Metal linkage stopped with Gen 3.

btw. "vacuum lines suck" they're SUPPOSED to suck, they're a vacuum
yes, i was making a funny
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Hell that's nothing compared to '70s cars. Frigging rats nests of vacuum lines going to all the primitive emissions systems.
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