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#1 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 03:11 PM
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whats up with this? i checked the fuses and no blown fuses

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final stage resistor. ...Or do the manual AC units not have these? (i'm guessing you have the turney-nob climate control unit)


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yeah and i replaced that resistor like 6 months ago, its a bitch to get in that position under your dash and im not a big guy

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when the blower motor starts to go, it draws more current than it is speced for, which in turn blows the resistor faster than it should.

Since it's only about $30 for a new resistor, I would suggest replacing it again. If it blows in in less than a year, replace the blower motor and resistor.

You can usually find new blower motors on ebay for around $225. Places like bavauto also have them, but usually run around $300.

Hope this helps. I've had a ton of climate control problems and understand how frustrating they can be.
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You guys are talking about 2 different parts here...the Final Stage Unit, and the fan resistor....don't confuse the guy....be clear about what you are saying when you are giving someone advice they might act upon....

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I'm talking about the blower motor resister, the other guy was talking about the regulator. A bad motor can kill both though.
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