Now that fall is here with its cool mornings, I recently turned on the defroster in my 2001 Chevy Venture and discovered that it was not working very well. This morning when I put my hand over the outlet vent (top of dashboard), I discovered that there was little or no air coming out! I have also noticed a "hissing" sound when either of the defrost settings is used (windshield & floor, windshield only - two right settings on the dial). This sound seems to be coming from behind the center console.
I had also noticed that several days ago, the AC wasn't working AND had the same "hissing" sound happening. Since it wasn't that hot out, I ignored it at that time.
So I figured "vacuum leak" on one of the control lines (based on a bunch of other questions & answers here).
I have the Hayes Repair Manual.
Here's the problem - I TRIED to get the top-center console trim off, but it would not budge. The book says (on 11-17) "remove the two retaining screws." (done) And then "grasp the bezel securely and detach it from the instrument panel by pulling it straight back." (no luck - Question Is there some "trick" to get this thing off, or do I have to just get in there and pull harder?
I DID get the glove box out and saw a small white lever moving around when the controls were moved between settings, but this lever (arm?) seems to be the one to switch between the front dash and floor air outlets.
One other note: during my experimentation I did get the air to come out of the windshield duct, but I didn't note the settings of the controls, except that the temp control was straight up (midway between cold and hot) and I believe the fan was on 3 (middle). I DID notice that the air stopped if the temp control was set to FULL COLD and came back if set to a warmer setting. But now it is back to NO air from the windshield duct at all, regardless of setting.
So my big questions are: Question what do I have to do to get the center console trim (bezel) off?
Oh yeah - the compressor IS kicking on (I can hear & see it).
Thanks in advance,