Tinkering into the night...
As mentioned in the previous post, I had dropped a plastic spacer into the area under the fuse box. I decided to remove the passenger wheel to hopefully gain access to it.
I have one of those devices that has an LCD screen and a long cable with a camera on the end (not sure of the name). I probed around from above the car and from the wheel well area but could not find the spacer. I hate giving up but in the end I had to.
As to the heater problem itself I did manage to grab the metal plate shown in photo one. I wiggled it a bit and added some lubricant but it didn't seem to make any difference. I also used the wire from a coat hanger to try to grab one end of the plate and pull it up. I think I did manage to do that, at least a little bit.
So, apart from the lost spacer, what was the result?
Previously I had either 100% heat to the defrost or 100% to the face vents with 0% to the floor. I now have floor heat but it is always on regardless of the setting. The defrost and face vents still work but have reduced flow, perhaps 30-40%.
I think the result although not perfect is probably better than what I had before. So I think I will leave well enough alone. To really solve this problem the front clam will need to come off but I don't plan to do that any time soon.
Thanks again SirLotus for the advice and instructions.
One more question. Is the plate for the foot heater only as long as shown in picture 1? The lighting was poor so perhaps the plate is actually longer and some is in darkness? These pictures were taken by jamming a camera in there--I couldn't directly see it.
1) The metal plate for the foot heater.
2) The passenger wheel removed, but the liner in place.
3 & 4) With the liner removed. Still really minimal access.
2009 Saffron Elise
1986 Toyota Tercel - RIP Oct 20/2012