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Old 12-03-2005, 05:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Heater Problem

Its just started getting cold and typically my heaters started playing up!

I have climate control which works as it should but the problem is the blower. It works on and off. Sometimes it just switches off then 10 minutes later in will come back on. This happens randomly and sometimes I can get to work and it will be fine the entire journey but others it will play up the whole way.

The climate control panel does its job fine and I had this replaced 6 months ago anyway (due to the intermittent switch off of the display). If switched off the fan doesnt come on at all. Also the heater is giving out the right hot/cold air depending on selection.

Any ideas welcome.

Another small niggling issue, I have full coilover suspension fitted (koni) but even on its highest setting the rear sits really low (just missing the tyre). Is there an easy way to raise it 10mm so I can set the dampers a bit softer?

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Re: the back tires, that's how mine were even before I put in my Konis. Obviously the Konis plus sport springs dropped the car further. I think there might be companies who make spacers for this purpose--although honestly, there are not very many people out there who want to INCREASE the gap between their wheels and fenders.

No clue on the heater issue. I ran it through BMW TIS, the computer program they use to diagnose problems, and the only thing I could come up with was problems with eating while the car is idling. I assumed you drive a 1996 328i coupe (since you've got to assume something in order to run the program). If you drive a different car, tell me and I'll re-run the program; might come up with different results.
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Old 12-03-2005, 06:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The car is a 1996 as guessed! Have been researching today and also looking at the car and the only thing I can think of is to change the final blower resistor as that can be the cause for a dead heater so maybe mine is on the way out.

The only reason I need to increase the height is to set the dampers a bit softer as I have to have the Konis set to nearly full stiffness so as not to have the tyres rub when I hit a bump and at the moment its driving my passengers nuts and also isnt doing the handling any favours as the car feels like it bounces over bumps at the back (and thats after the initial jolt on hitting a bump in the road!!) The gap really is tiny and the arch comes over the edge of the tyre by about 15mm. May consider going back to stock suspension and remove the coilover kit!
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There is a diy for the climate control.

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thanks for the link. Will order the final stage unit this week. I dont think it can be the resistor fix as the symptoms dont match and it has already undergone that procedure this year. Will update this to let others know if changing the final stage works.
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Hi guys, I am trying to replace the blower resistor (models with knobs) not the final stage (models with digital controls), I took everything apart, and I saw the resistor, but it is hard to get it out is there any screws or is it glued, I dont want to brake it so please any suggestions as how to take that resistor out and replace it
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thx guys i had to use some force because the wires and the resistor was frozen, i just used a screwdriver and pull it hard hard and it came off now it works like a charm
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