[x300] Adjustable air vent repair?

My adjustable air vents in the dash (left and right sides)
and in the rear cabin on the back of the center console have
broken. They normally adjust both up and down and left to
right. They have stopped adjusting up and down. I pulled the
driver’s side vent and found that the plastic clips that
attach to the back of all the separate slats (is that what
they’re called?) had become brittle (I guess from the Texas
heat over 10 years) and crumbled. I don’t want to replace
the whole vent! So, does anyone know where I can get some of
those little pieces of plastic? Or any other ideas?

Thanks,
Steve–
1995 XJR, Black & Tan, 100k Miles
Austin, TX, United States
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In reply to a message from Steve Y sent Mon 19 Sep 2005:

I made some up from a piece of black plastic. (Looseleaf binder
cover.) Drill 4 holes at the right spacing and then cut so you can
clip it onto the pegs.–
Anthony Hladun
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In reply to a message from Steve Y sent Mon 19 Sep 2005:

These parts are not available, you will have to make them or buy a
new vent. Mine went bad years ago, I’m afraid they are all doomed.
Most folks just replace the vent unit. I used mine as a pattern and
made two with a rotary tool. Just clamp the damaged clip to a piece
of semi-soft plastic sheet, scribe the shape onto the plastic and
go at it with a tiny rotary cutter. Takes an hour plus some prime
language to get it right.–
The original message included these comments:

My adjustable air vents in the dash (left and right sides)
and in the rear cabin on the back of the center console have
the whole vent! So, does anyone know where I can get some of
those little pieces of plastic? Or any other ideas?


Brian Caro 96XJ6 4.0 63E-TypeS1FHC
Newport News, VA, United States
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In reply to a message from Brian Caro sent Mon 19 Sep 2005:

Thanks for the tips guys - you really helped me out here,
especially as it’s still 100 degree days here in Austin…

I ended up in walmart and bought a black plastic paint
roller tray for 99c. I used scissors to cut a couple strips
to length. I cut them from the top edge of the tray as it
had a small 1/16th lip I could use for strength. I then cut
a number of tapered slots in each strip corresponding to the
‘teeth’ in the broken plastic part. Then I pressed each slot
onto each fin using a long nose pair of pliers. Took me
about 20 minutes each vent and I managed to avoid the prime
language too!–
The original message included these comments:

Most folks just replace the vent unit. I used mine as a pattern and
made two with a rotary tool. Just clamp the damaged clip to a piece
of semi-soft plastic sheet, scribe the shape onto the plastic and
go at it with a tiny rotary cutter. Takes an hour plus some prime
language to get it right.


1995 XJR, Black & Tan, 100k Miles
Austin, TX, United States
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I didn’t manage to reach behind the fins from the front. And separating the front part with the fins from the rear part with the flaps looks like it will end up in a lot of broken plastic.
So I inserted thick double-sided adhesive tape from the front and squeezed it behind the fins where the plastic connector should be located. That way the fins stay straight and open, and the up down function is removed but that’s not a big thing.