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Plastic strip on dashboard?

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself' started by Relativity, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. Relativity

    Relativity Superiore

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    There is a big strip of plastic at the end of the dashboard, right where it meets the windshield. It keeps rattling and recently was fixed with some glue or something by the service center. I want to remove it completely and seal with quick fix but I am not sure what purpose does it serve. Is it a thermostat for the AC or something else?
  2. Relativity

    Relativity Superiore

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  3. DRIV3R

    DRIV3R Esperto

    That is the AC vent for de fogging the front windshield.
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  4. testdrive

    testdrive Amatore

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    Can any one tell what is the use of this iteam? i hope i am getting rattling from this. @Relativity: Sorry for my post.
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  5. DRIV3R

    DRIV3R Esperto

    @testdrive: That is the temperature sensor for the Climate Control unit.
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  6. PaddleShifter

    PaddleShifter Staff Member Janitor

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    @testdrive and @Driv3r- I thought thats a "sunlight sensor" for climate control system. The external temperature sensor is located on the underside of the left ORVM and the cabin temperature sensors are located in the climate control fascia itself inside the two minute grill like structures on either side.

    Attaching a pic of center console that I once received from some Linea owner. The cabin temperature sensors are encircled in red.


    IMG-20121110-WA0000.jpg
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  7. testdrive

    testdrive Amatore

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    @Paddleshifter, @Driv3R: Thank you for your detailed information.
  8. DRIV3R

    DRIV3R Esperto

    Why would light be measured as input to the climate control? It is not a light sensor, it is a temperature sensor. More sunlight = Higher temperature input to the ACC unit. Light sensors are used only for AUTO headlamps, as in 2012 Lineas. :)
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  9. PatchyBoy

    PatchyBoy Esperto

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    @Driv3r, @Yashik both are right.

    The sensors that control the climate control unit are the sun sensor and cabin temperature sensor. The sun sensor is the dome shaped unit located in the middle of the defrost vents on top of the dash. This adjusts the climate control system to compensate for the hot sun glaring into your car. The cabin air temperature sensor measures the cabin temperature by the small vent that is located above the climate controls.

    I have seen cars that also use the sun sensor to automatically flip the visor down, depending on the angle the sun ray hit the sensor :D

    Rajan
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  10. Relativity

    Relativity Superiore

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    Thank You for all the responses. Now, my question is can I pull the entire strip out and stick it back with lot of Fewikwick / Quickfix to kill the rattles?

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