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Old 04-09-2016, 09:33 AM   #1
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Am I being had???

I recently encountered an issue with my air conditioning; It only works on the highest speed. I replaced the blower motor resistor, but it burned-out within minutes. The burnt smell concerned me, and since I'm not one to mess with wiring, I immediately took my car to the shop.

The technician told me that the resistor I put in was, "defective". I was shocked, but didn't think much of it at the time, because, well... that type of thing happens sometimes. About halfway home, the new resistor burned out just like the one.

Long story short... my car has been in the same shop, four times... for the same issue. First, they found a short, then it was a faulty blower motor switch, then it was a bad pigtail, then they replaced the blower motor itself (which, thus far, is working ... but is incredibly noisy/whiny). I don't know much about cars, but it seems this should have been a relatively easy fix for a trained professional... I'm not sure if they don't know what they're doing, or if my car really has had all of these issues.

Does any of this sound right to y'all?
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Sounds like there is a short somewhere still.
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I've had my stang for almost 3 years and have had to replace the blower motor resistor 3 times. Must be a thing for the 05-09 cars.


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How many miles on your car and have you had any other issues with it? It is really hard to say if the shop is messing up or if your car is just getting to that point where parts will begin to fail occasionally. If your not happy with the shop then I would go somewhere else.
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I recently encountered an issue with my air conditioning; It only works on the highest speed. I replaced the blower motor resistor, but it burned-out within minutes. The burnt smell concerned me, and since I'm not one to mess with wiring, I immediately took my car to the shop.

The technician told me that the resistor I put in was, "defective". I was shocked, but didn't think much of it at the time, because, well... that type of thing happens sometimes. About halfway home, the new resistor burned out just like the one.

Long story short... my car has been in the same shop, four times... for the same issue. First, they found a short, then it was a faulty blower motor switch, then it was a bad pigtail, then they replaced the blower motor itself (which, thus far, is working ... but is incredibly noisy/whiny). I don't know much about cars, but it seems this should have been a relatively easy fix for a trained professional... I'm not sure if they don't know what they're doing, or if my car really has had all of these issues.

Does any of this sound right to y'all?
No, it doesn't sound right but it is not unusual that the so-called professionals try to take shot cuts to save time and/or because they don't have the expertise to properly diagnose electrical problems.
It may have been the motor all along but we;'ll never know for sure now.
As far as the blower being incredibly noisy/whiny, I would politely convey that you cannot live with what sounds like a faulty blower motor. Those things come with some form of warranty and should be returned and replaced. If you can't get any satisfaction out of them, Tell them that you are forced to go elsewhere for another opinion and may have to file a complaint with the BBB. But make sure you're talking with the supervisor or equivalent.
Good luck.
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