Tighten up your dash vents

Posted By: gza06955

Tighten up your dash vents - 07/10/16 06:26 AM

I'm not a fan of loose dash vents that vibrate and spin all around on their own every time you hit a bump, plus they have a hard time staying wherever you direct them.
I have my dash vent out and decided to see if there was anything I could do.
I bought some rubber washers at lowes in their hardware section, they have a 3/16 hole in the center which matches the tiny post on the vent. I believe the washers were .92 cents for a pack of two.

The smallest outer diameter I could find was 1-1/4". It will work fine like this, but the rubber washer will be visible from the outside, so I took scissors and trimmed some of the excess material off. I trimmed the washer to an outer diameter of about 3/4".

I gently popped the dash vents out of the trim and used my fingernail to scrape the original dried up and flattened foam buffer off the vent where I would be putting the rubber washer.

I cleaned all the original adhesive off so the washer would sit as flat as possible. I put two tiny drops of super glue on the vent to secure that rubber washer, and set the washer on the small plastic post of the vent. It doesn't take any time at all for the glue to bond.

I reinstalled the vent and tested how much resistance there was to spin it. Not bad, maybe just a hair snug. Not tight enough to bother me, but I did take the vents back out and add just a small amount of white lithium grease to the rubber and smear it around with my finger. Reinstalled the vents and I couldn't be more pleased.

Plus having the vents out is a good excuse to detail strip them and clean all the dust out of the slats, especially when you have vent OCD like this guy!
Posted By: kevins88ss

Re: Tighten up your dash vents - 07/11/16 10:47 AM

Nice write-up - thanks for sharing.
Posted By: Andy85SS

Re: Tighten up your dash vents - 07/11/16 05:56 PM

Little stick on felt feet work pretty good too. Just stick 'em on the bottom of the vent or under the top of the vent cavity in the dash panel.
Posted By: Lobito

Re: Tighten up your dash vents - 07/12/16 04:20 AM

Thank you for this. The previous owner just put electrical tape to hold them in place.
Posted By: FrankOC

Re: Tighten up your dash vents - 07/12/16 05:00 PM

Originally Posted By: kevins88ss
Nice write-up - thanks for sharing.

I agree, great way to fix one of those small annoyances.
Posted By: gza06955

Re: Tighten up your dash vents - 07/13/16 03:36 AM

Good call Andy, I'll have to look for those little felt pads the next time I'm at Lowes. Probably closer to the factory setup that way too
Posted By: DmcL

Re: Tighten up your dash vents - 08/21/16 01:48 PM

Easy enough to pop the vents out with the panels/dash still in the car? Wouldnt mind doing this with mine as vents never stay where i put them lol
Posted By: gza06955

Re: Tighten up your dash vents - 08/23/16 08:54 PM

Hi DmcL,
I'm 98 percent sure there's no way the vents can come through the front of either the gauge cluster or the passenger side dash trim piece, they have to be popped out of the pivot pin holes and slid out the rear, pretty easy, once the gauge cluster and passenger trim piece are out of the car.
And just for extra info, once the vents are out you can disassemble them further for easier cleaning or replacing any pieces that may have broke over the years. Mine weren't broken, but half of mine were 'upside down' and annoying to look at since they didn't match the other vents.

It is kind of tricky getting all the slats lined back up properly into the vent housing when you reassemble, I usually balance all the slats vertically on the sliding piece and slowly slide the vent housing over them until I can rotate the whole unit horizontally so the slats can't fall out, then click the other housing half back on.
Hard to explain, but if you do eventually take your vents apart, you'll see how frustrating it is when the slats keep falling apart like puzzle pieces lol.
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