View Full Version : Well, this blows...

05-08-2009, 07:05 PM
My wife has a '99 Buick Century in which the AC/Heater blower motor went, and I quote, "kaput". It'll be cheaper if I replace this on my own...theoretically. Anyone ever done this?

05-08-2009, 07:21 PM
Well, I can't speak to that particular model, but on many cars, the blower motor and the evaporator are joked to be "installed first, then they build the rest of the car around them."

In other words, this could be a major pain in the ass, involving ripping apart the whole dashboard.

It shouldn't
05-08-2009, 07:36 PM
Dave is right, some models it's a major pain (as in having to take half the dash appart)

On the other hand I've had cars where one just had to take out glove box and it was behind that.

I would recommend to head on down to your local library and check out a Chilton manual for that make and model car and peruse it to see how much of a pain (or not) blower motor replacement may be.

05-09-2009, 02:35 AM
What were the symptoms when it died? Did it make "sick bearing" noises for a while, or did it suddenly die without prior symptoms, possibly with only some speeds dying? The reason I ask is that the former is actually the blower motor, while the latter is the resistor pack (used to control the speed of the blower). Wouldn't want you to go to the trouble of replacing the motor only to find out that wasn't the bad part.

05-09-2009, 04:05 AM
The old girl was making odd noises for almost a year. Air flowed, but it was annoying as hell. Then one day we turned on the heater. No noise, no air, and a nipple shattering cold settled in.