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So I have been working on a fix for my 1988 Verde. I purchased the car last April with 82,000.
I have been fixing some small items since. I have posted many photos of my Milano on this forum.
It was in good shape, original gray paint, in great shape. Redone seats and headliner, and upgraded suspension and wheels.
After I replaced the front window motors, and all the square orange switches. Plus all the window switches. And got all the switch lights working.
Then the A/C that had worked well after a recharge, started working intermittently. We checked all the obvious Parts. Compressor, leaks, safety switch on the compressor, that shuts the compressor down if it is low on Freon. Nothing was found to be at fault. The A/C would work for a few days, and then no cold air. Finally a air conditioning specialist found that the dial control on the control panel in the car (the one on the far right, that controls the compressor) was working intermittently. So what to do, after calling and searching everywhere. I found out that, they are not available new/NOS. So I purchased a couple of used A/C panels. With the intention of having my mechanic exchange the one dial from the used panel with the defective one on the panel in my car.
It is a few hours job to pull the center console and the radio out.
Then the phone call came. My mechanic discovered that the entire dashboard had to come out. To place the temperature sensor tube up into the condenser behind the dash. So what to do.
I asked, Can we bypass the defective dial on the panel with a simple on and off toggle switch mounted next to my power mirror switch on my center console. Yes we can was the answer.
And that is was what was done in only 3 1/2 hours labor instead of over six hours.
 

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You are making me reconsider putting the A/C back in my Verde when I put the motor back in.. I was going to go without A/C but now you made me think.
 

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It is a few hours job to pull the center console and the radio out.
Any tips on pulling the center console? I have a VERY squeaky blower motor that I need to tend to and I'm assuming it's behind the center console somewhere.

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FLi
 

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You are making me reconsider putting the A/C back in my Verde when I put the motor back in.. I was going to go without A/C but now you made me think.
I must say, that I owned a 1986 GTV6 from new and two 164’s from new. The A/C in my Milano, is now fare better than the GTV6 ever was. And almost as good has my 164’s.
 

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I did not pull my car apart. My mechanic did the work. I know he had to pull the center console and the radio as well. He said it was about 11/2 hours to pull it apart. I don’t know it you will need to pull the dash as well. There is a dealer repair manual that lists what parts of the car need to be removed to repair certain parts. That may help with your questions.
 

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On us market milanos the blower fan comes out the drivers foot well. Should be fairly straight forward once you see it.
 

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Don’t get wrong, I am glad the A/C now works. I am the type of person that likes everything the work as intended. Which on a Milano is a challenge. I would rather have had it fixed so it functioned with the original dial on the A/C panel. At least, if the dash ever does come out, I can have the defective A/C dial switch replaced as I originally intended. And remove the switch in the center console and reinstall the switch black.
 
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