|03-14-2013 11:14 AM|
Ah well, disaster.
I bought a replacement 2nd hand. I installed it fairly easily.
Tested it on setting 1 - fine
Tested it on setting 2 - good, air coming from the right places.
Tested it on setting 3 - even better, lots of air coming.
Onto setting 4 - noise as if the fan was catching.
Took it apart, couldnt see anything. Couldnt see anything in the drum.
Back together again. Same tests.
Then on setting 4 -CRASH! and the fan blade fell apart.
I cant work out what happened. The plastic cover on the bottom has a small crack in it, but I cant think that caused it. Must be a problem with the motor or blade spinning off centre on high speeds.
|03-11-2013 11:50 AM|
|sailor||Yup, the "wobbling" pretty much indicates "shot" - not practical to fix with replacements available....|
|03-11-2013 12:16 AM|
You can take the plastic cover off the end to see the motor brushes.
Could just need the commutator scrubbed, could be a wasted bearing, etc.
I would just get a whole replacement blower motor for the $50
|03-10-2013 04:32 AM|
I got the motor out. It wasnt too hard. 3 screws, which were stiff and a bit awkward to reach. (Although removing 14 year old screws is much nicer in the cabin than underneath :))
The motor will run if I give it a push start, but not for long. It squeaks and it wobbles slightly as runs and then stops. Any clues?
Get the feeling it is just done for and I need to get a replacement. I have tried to lubricate what I can see, but no improvement.
Is it possible to strip down the motor further? e.g. remove the fan blade assembly?
|03-09-2013 04:39 PM|
for general pics. Might be slightly different on the 99 model.
|03-09-2013 08:00 AM|
I got to the motor and it seems that is the problem. there is power and the fan will go if I push it with my fingers, but then eventually it stops.
looks like I need to take out the motor to inspect it in more detail. that doesn't look easy. any tips?
|03-08-2013 02:24 PM|
It does run ok for a short while, so maybe it is debris.
|03-08-2013 12:39 PM|
If it does it on all speeds, then it is the fan motor itself.
You may or may not need a new fan motor, without a cabin air filter, debris can get into the fan.
I have (twice) removed leaves that wrapped around the commutator of the motor, and stuck in the squirrel cage, they made all sorts of noise. I since added the cabin air filter to prevent debris from getting into the fan motor assembly.
|03-08-2013 05:18 AM|
Focus '99 blower starts and then stops
I have a '99 focus. The blower has started working intermittently. It starts OK, then after a while it stops, then it restarts. At times it makes a squeak. At others it make a deeper noise.
There is no difference to positions 1-4. All work as bad.
Is the actual fan unit behind the glove box?
Thanks for any help.