Originally Posted by iaqstuff
Need recommendations for our 2013 AI.
1. Do we replace the Maxxfan which has a broken actuator so we can't really open or shut it with the knob with the same model or should we upgrade to a newer model - if so, which one?
2. Do we upgrade the Garmin maps or replace the whole Kenwood unit? There seems to be nothing wrong with it the Kenwood except the fan is noisy. I updated the firmware last year. But the maps are very outdated.
On the road so may not respond immediately.
Regarding the Maxxfan gear set. It is about a $12 part and 15-20 minute job. At least that's how long it took me, but if I had to do it again it would only take half the time. The main thing is to be careful up there and have someone spot your ladder.
You need to take a few screws off the rear end of the fan cover (end that opens), tilt up the now detached cover, slightly squeeze the lifting arms and detach them from the support slots on the lid. A few screws remove the broken gear set. Reverse the process to install.
As I recall, you have to back off the gear set about a turn from full open before installing because it's difficult to reinstall if it's in it's fully extended position.
The whole process would not be necessary if they didn't encase the gears in pot metal.