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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-13-2012, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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blower resister pack?

Sorry if this is a sticky somewhere, I just did a couple of quick searches and didn't find this anywhere...

I just picked up a '99 intrepid and the heater/ac blower only works at full speed. Is this most likely a resister issue? I know on an old ford contour I had that was a pretty common problem.

Where is that resister pack located on a 2nd gen intrepid?

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Good chance it's the resistor. It is located very low on the floor in the passenger foot well at the point where the floor and dash meet.

they can be had from a yard for cheap or Ebay.

I have one if interested PM me
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Ok, good to know!

I'm heading to a salvage yard tomorrow to look for a few things, if I can't get one there I'll be getting a hold of you.
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Make sure you get one from a car that has the same type of climate controls you do they are different for manual and auto controls. Also you'll need an 8mm socket and a universal joint its a pain lol

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Make sure you get one from a car that has the same type of climate controls you do they are different for manual and auto controls. Also you'll need an 8mm socket and a universal joint its a pain lol

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That is also very good to know, thank you!

I would have just grabbed any one of them otherwise and been bummed out when I got home.
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[QUOTE=similis;1992631]Sorry if this is a sticky somewhere, I just did a couple of quick searches and didn't find this anywhere...

I just picked up a '99 intrepid and the heater/ac blower only works at full speed. Is this most likely a resister issue? I know on an old ford contour I had that was a pretty common problem.

Where is that resister pack located on a 2nd gen intrepid?

Any other thoughts are appreciated too!

I'm 99.9% positive it's your blower motor resistor. It happen to my car twice in a matter of weeks. Fan only works on high. You can get them at Rock Auto very cheap. It's really a 20 to 30 minute job to change. It's located on the blower motor, below dash on the floor. Take off the duct and you will be able to see the connection that goes into blower motor.
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I'm 99.9% positive it's your blower motor resistor...You can get them at Rock Auto very cheap...
As STRMVT said, he needs to be sure to get the right one depending on MTC or ATC. The ATC one is not so cheap - north of $100 even at Rock Auto.
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As STRMVT said, he needs to be sure to get the right one depending on MTC or ATC. The ATC one is not so cheap - north of $100 even at Rock Auto.
Well, I grabbed one at a junkyard from a similar year concord (I think?) that had the same "digital" temp control, I just haven't had the time to put it back into my car. (The only intrepids they had were equipped with the other temp control system)

Man, that thing is a pain to get out in 90+ degree weather at a junkyard with the sun shining down on you... !

I picked it up for $10, I'm hopeful but I'll know more when I have a chance to swap it in. (Car isn't my daily driver right now) The donor car had been in an accident, and looked really nice inside, so I'm thinking that unless it broke during the collision, there's a decent chance that it will work.
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Damn good price for an ATC Blower Control Module if it works!
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Yeah, I love this yard. Very old-school, they really care about "scrap weight" more than plastic, non metal items or accessories.

Plus, they are the only yard around here that will still let you take the part out yourself and walk around the yard.
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FWIW you can unplug the harness in your car and plug the harness into the replacement one to verify it works. Just be careful of touching the cooling fins on the replacement since they do get warm after a few minutes of operation. This way you won't waste time installing a bad resistor.
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I hope that I am not the downer in this thread. I have the same issue on my 99 Trep. I replaced the resistor with a new one. It work great for a day and then went back to only working on high. So then I practice the definition of insanity and did the same thing expecting a different result. I put another one and well,,,,,, the definition held in that it also lasted only about a day. Something is causing the diode in the assembly to go out. I have not had time to trouble shoot any further. Hope you do not have this issue.
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I hope that I am not the downer in this thread. I have the same issue on my 99 Trep. I replaced the resistor with a new one. It work great for a day and then went back to only working on high. So then I practice the definition of insanity and did the same thing expecting a different result. I put another one and well,,,,,, the definition held in that it also lasted only about a day. Something is causing the diode in the assembly to go out. I have not had time to trouble shoot any further. Hope you do not have this issue.
That generally means that the motor itself is pulling too much current and needs to be replaced. Replace the motor *and* the resistor pack (once more), and that should take care of it.
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That generally means that the motor itself is pulling too much current and needs to be replaced. Replace the motor *and* the resistor pack (once more), and that should take care of it.
Any idea on the amperage that motor should be drawing?
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That generally means that the motor itself is pulling too much current and needs to be replaced. Replace the motor *and* the resistor pack (once more), and that should take care of it.
That's exactly what I ended up doing because like you said, something was causing the resistor to blow in the first place...

I grabbed a resistor pack from ebay for about $50 (junkyard one was in-op) and dropped in a new blower motor and everything's been working great ever since.
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