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Old 15th December 2007
auntsteff auntsteff is offline
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Question Used Blower Motor--Your Thoughts?

1999 V6 9-5 with ~156,000 miles.

My blower motor has bit the dust . For a couple weeks there was just the occasional rattle when I started the car, then it would take a while for air to start blowing out of the vents, and finally, nothing. I do get air from the vents when travelling on the interstate at high speeds, but that's it. There is a salvage yard near me where I can get a motor for ~$125.

My question: is it worth it to get a new motor, or would a salvage one get the job done. I know that electrical parts can be hit or miss, just by their nature. I don't plan on keeping the car for more than another 50,000-75,000 miles and I really hate to invest in a brand new motor unless I have to. (I drive at least 30,000 miles/year, hope the car makes it another 2 years)

I have read about the blower motor rebuild, but I have not been able to source the brushes. Ideas for that would be great as well.

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Old 15th December 2007
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If you find a cheap used part - i would try it. In a 9k i would us only a new one because its too much work to replace it, in a 9-5 its not that bad.
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Old 15th December 2007
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Pull the blower... odds are it's just the brushes that are worn out after all these years. You can find replacement brushes at alternator rebuilding shops for really cheap. With new brushes and a bit of cleaning it will be as good as new.
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Old 15th December 2007
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You could take the motor apart and clean the commutator. When small particles from brushes and commutator builds up they make a short circuit and motor does not run properly. Clean commutator using small knife or similar tool and clean any deposites from commutator. Should work for years.
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