I'm almost positive that's the issue. A year ago the heater would only work on high, so I had the whole assembly replaced, and it worked for 6 months, and it went out again. The guy replaced it for free, and explained that water was getting to the resistor and corroding it out, but said he couldn't stop what was causing the water to get there in the first place. He said I should take it to the dealer if it happened again, and it has. So my question is, rather than taking it to the dealer, can I fix it myself? Or even just replace the resistor again to buy me another 6 months or so? Will I be able to find what I need at the local auto parts store? I'm moderately handy, but I know next to nothing about cars.
Post by Steady As She Goes on Feb 7, 2012 1:33:04 GMT -5
I've replaced the blower motor resistor assembly in my Dodge Intrepid a couple of times. The original one lasted the longest. The second one made it about 6 months. The third also about 6 months. But the next one is going on 2 years now. All were bought from the dealer. I found after market resistor assemblies on line by 2 different manufacturers, but the local dealer had them in stock. It was actually less at the dealer than cost + shipping online. And I could simply pick it up on y way home. The job was not that difficult in the Intrepid. One electrical connector and 2 mounting screws.
Thanks, Rick. I don't have a heated garage, so I'll have to wait until it warms up a bit (again) to take a look. I'm sure I can do it, but I'm just a bit nervous since I've never done anything like this before.