2010 Heater Fan Replacement warning
My daughter's heater fan started acting up last summer. First, it was making a rumbling sound on high speed with the ac on, and later it started making a loud chirping noise and then it finally just quit The car only has 60k mileage, so I assumed we had a defective bearing in the fan motor. Here are some notes on the replacement:
First, this car is different than the older ones. The fan in on the left side of the car. They must have built the car around the fan. You should first ignore the manual, because it says you must completely disassemble the dash, airbags, remove steering wheel, instruments, etc. In other words, a very big job.
I discovered a short cut, by removing the fan from underneath, on the left side.
First remove both battery cables.
remove driver's seat, for wrestling room.
Remove the one screw on the fan, and twist it counterclockwise to release the fan motor, and disconnect the wiring clip
Remove the silver box that is in the way. There is no need disconnect the wiring to it, just move it out of the way.
Part of the wiring harness goes across in front of the motor, and just needs to be worked over the top of the motor, as you begin to work the motor out.
It takes some time to work the motor toward the left side of the car, and down thru where the pedals were.
I purchased a motor out of a wrecked car on ebay for $50.00, and installed it .
The kicker is that when I got the old motor out, it was completely packed with a mouse's nest, and that siezed up the motor and blew out the fuses for it. The old motor is actual ok, but I did not re-use it.
I must be the first sucker to have to remove one of these, because there is not any info anywhere, other than the factory manual, which is useless. I even called the dealer, and they did not have a clue as to how to do it. I hope this helps someone else.