How do you tell if the blower motor is bad or the resistor?

If you try to increase the air pressure and you feel no difference in the pressure blowing, then your blower motor resistor may be failing. A damaged blower motor resistor will work on one fan speed which may not be enough to keep the inside of your car cool or warm enough.

How do I know if I need a blower motor or a resistor?

Blower Motor Resistor Test

Typically, if the fan will work on some speeds but not on others, the resistor is suspect. Okay, let’s say there’s no melting going on, but your fan doesn’t work on all speeds. Typically, if the fan will work on some speeds but not on others, the resistor is suspect.

Should I replace blower motor and resistor?

We do suggest that you replace the resistor at the same time. It may not be critical, but this will keep the system more uniform. The issue may even be related to the resistor. If you know that it is not related to the issue, then you do not have to replace it.

What does a bad blower motor sound like?

A defective blower motor will make a continuous sound noticeable by the passengers in the vehicle. It can manifest as a knocking, whirring, clunking, vibrating, squealing, or whining noise that persists until the blower motor is replaced.

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What happens when blower motor goes bad?

You might also hear ongoing whirring noises, or noises that change or get louder if you increase the fan speed. These are all signs of problems with the blower motor. In some cases, you may even notice smoke or smells of burning while driving, in which case you should pull over immediately.

Can a blower motor resistor be bypassed?

Blower resistors are made of several resistors with different resistances. … In the highest speed state, the blower resistor is bypassed completely and the fan is connected directly to the car’s battery, which allows maximum current through the motor.

Why does my blower motor resistor keep burning out?

Trent, one of the biggest reasons for blower motor resistors to have shorten life is actually because of faulty blower motor drawing too many amps, some times melting wires/plugs, heating up resistors shortening their life.

How much is a motor blower resistor?

Car Blower Motor Resistors – Sold Individually, Kit from $12 | CarParts.com.

Where is the blower resistor located?

It’s located inside the dash, often on the opposite side of the steering wheel or inside the engine compartment on the firewall. A blower motor resistor or a blower motor control module is the part that controls the speed of the blower motor.

Why is my blower motor so loud?

The blower motor needs routine lubrication, and often a specific kind of lubrication to upkeep performance and function over time. Otherwise, the fan might seize up and cause a loud noise (and an even louder repair bill). If you are knowledgeable of the process, you can add lubrication to the motor.

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How do you test a blower motor with a multimeter?

Using a multimeter set on the Ohm scale, use the positive lead and test the black wire. To check the purple wire for current, use your ignition key and turn it to the run setting, turn the heater power to full power and set the multimeter to DC power. If your meter reads “no current” the motor is no good.