Hi , Goodaggie or anyone else I The forum that reads this post . I have a 2003 Element , I’m the original Owner , 450,000 . A great car !! I firmly believe that I also have have the same problem that Goodaggie member is describing on point # (3) the acuator that directs the Air hot or cold to the various vents . Where is this # (3) actuator with the troublesome gears located ? Did you end up fixing it ? Or have a mechanic fix it ? Thanks I’ll wait for your reply Goodaggie or anyone else’s for that matter . Thank you , David M. New member .