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Blower Motor Final Stage Replacement
 
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Blower Motor Final Stage Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

****

Tools:

T20 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Blower motor final stage

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to damage blower housing

Performance Gain:

Replace faulty blower motor final stage

Complementary Modification:

Replace blower motor and final stage together

MINI R56 vehicles can come equipped with one of two climate control systems, the IHKS manually controlled climate control, or the IHKA with automatic climate control. Each has multiple sensors, controls, air temperature units and ducts. IHKA has additional components to handle auto temp control. The blower motor that controls airflow into the passenger cabin, is among the most consequential components in the climate control system. The blower motor resistor (or final stage) varies voltage to the blower motor to achieve the desired speed. The blower motor is a D/C electric motor driven by varying current supplied by the blower motor final stage unit.

A faulty final stage could cause the blower to run on and off at varying speeds, without input from driver or to only run at high speed. If you suspect your blower final stage or blower are faulty, see our tech article on blower motor and final stage testing to confirm your suspicion.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The blower motor is located behind the center of the dashboard and is serviced from the interior of the vehicle. The blower motor resistor is mounted to the rear of the blower motor.

Remove the left side lower dashboard trim. See our tech article on lower dashboard trim replacement.

The blower final stage is located above the accelerator pedal in the heater housing (green arrow).
Figure 1

The blower final stage is located above the accelerator pedal in the heater housing (green arrow). With the lower kick panel removed, remove the two T20 Torx screws from the side panel (red arrows).

Then, remove the side panel from the center tunnel (red arrow).
Figure 2

Then, remove the side panel from the center tunnel (red arrow). Slide it toward the rear of the vehicle to remove it.

The red arrow points to the blower final stage.
Figure 3

The red arrow points to the blower final stage.

Next, squeeze the electrical connector release tabs (red arrows) and pull the connector straight out to remove it.
Figure 4

Next, squeeze the electrical connector release tabs (red arrows) and pull the connector straight out to remove it.

Rotate the final stage counterclockwise (red arrow) and slide it out of the heater housing.
Figure 5

Rotate the final stage counterclockwise (red arrow) and slide it out of the heater housing.

To install, place the final stage into the heater housing.
Figure 6

To install, place the final stage into the heater housing. Then rotate it clockwise to engage it with the locking tabs (green arrows). Check that the arrow on the final stage is aligned with the triangle on the heater housing (red arrow). Reconnect the electrical connector and trim panels.








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Comments and Suggestions:
Mini Cooper D Comments: What is the difference between the "Final Stage Unit" and the "Blower motor resistor"? I have a Cooper D -07 with climate control automatic with display
June 15, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Same part - different names. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Vince n stuff Comments: The procedure for an R58 or R59 is similar, except the kick panel screws are 6mm hex head, the connector pulls off towards the front of the car, and the final stage is rectangular and slides up to release. The final stage has a thick release tab, hard to see when installed, towards the rear of the car.
June 13, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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