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asked in category: General Last Updated: 9th March, 2020

What is the difference between a blower motor and a blower motor resistor?

The motor that runs the fan in the heating and air conditioning system in a car is called a blower motor. A blower motor resistor is a simple electric resistor. It's used in cars where the blower motor has only 4 or 5 fixed speeds, as on the left side in this diagram. See the photo of a Ford blower motor resistor.

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Likewise, how do I know if I need a blower motor or a resistor?

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Heater Blower Motor Resistor

  1. Blower motor stuck on one speed. A common symptom of a faulty blower motor resistor is a blower motor that is stuck on one setting.
  2. Blower motor does not work on certain settings.
  3. No air from the vehicle's vents.

Likewise, how do you test a blower motor? How to Test a Blower Motor

  1. Use voltmeter or ohmmeter to check for a blown fuse. If you find one, replace it.
  2. Start car and see if blower motor works. If fuse blows again, check for loose circuits.
  3. If the circuits are in good repair but the blower motor keeps blowing fuses, replace the blower motor [source: You Fix Cars].

One may also ask, what happens when a blower motor resistor goes bad?

If you have faulty blower motor resistor you may experience low airflow coming from the vents even when the fan is all the way on high. In some cases bad blower motor resistor may not even turn the blower motor fan as a result your fan will not work at all and there will be no air coming from the vents.

What is a blower resistor on a car?

The blower motor resistor is an electrical component that is a part of the vehicle's heating and air conditioning system. It is responsible for controlling the blower motor's fan speed. A failed blower motor resistor can cause issues with the operation of the entire heating and air conditioning system.

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