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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Blower Motor

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$175

Talent:

**

Tools:

Hands

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New blower motor

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to force the motor in when reinstalling

Performance Gain:

Working HVAC

Complementary Modification:

Clean the ducts

The blower motor works in conjunction with the resistor pack to move air through the HVAC system. If the blower motor starts making noise when you turn the fan on there is a very good chance it is starting to go bad and will need to be replaced.

The blower motor is located behind the glove box above the passenger side foot well.

Begin by removing the two plastic screws holding the insulation piece above the passenger side foot well (red arrow, screws removed).
Figure 1

Begin by removing the two plastic screws holding the insulation piece above the passenger side foot well (red arrow, screws removed). The screws should only be installed hand tight. Do not use a screwdriver to tighten these down.

This photo illustrates one of the two the plastic retaining screws (red arrow).
Figure 2

This photo illustrates one of the two the plastic retaining screws (red arrow). The insulation piece they hold in is pretty flimsy so over tightening these screws will rip the insulation.

With the screws removed you can pull the insulation piece down from the dash and foot well (red arrow).
Figure 3

With the screws removed you can pull the insulation piece down from the dash and foot well (red arrow). It is just held in by the forward ledge and friction.

The blower motor is located up behind the glove box.
Figure 4

The blower motor is located up behind the glove box. There is a wiring harness connection (red arrow) along with a plastic tap that locks the motor in place in the housing (yellow arrow).

Disconnect the wiring harness then gently pull down on the locking tab (red arrow) and turn the blower motor counter clockwise.
Figure 5

Disconnect the wiring harness then gently pull down on the locking tab (red arrow) and turn the blower motor counter clockwise.

Pull the motor down and out from the housing.
Figure 6

Pull the motor down and out from the housing. It is a tight fit and the motor will get hung up in the air distributer (red arrow) and carpet (yellow arrow). Be patient and pull the air distributer towards the glove box when removing the motor.

With the motor out of the vehicle (red arrow) you can see all of the dirt and debris that can collect in the motor.
Figure 7

With the motor out of the vehicle (red arrow) you can see all of the dirt and debris that can collect in the motor. The fan should spin free and easy on the shaft of the motor.

If you are going to try and clean the motor before replacing it you will need to push in the three plastic clips (red arrow, one shown) that attach the cover to the motor.
Figure 8

If you are going to try and clean the motor before replacing it you will need to push in the three plastic clips (red arrow, one shown) that attach the cover to the motor. Clean the motor and brushes with a carb cleaner or something similar. This may free up the motor. Make sure to completely clean and blow dry (ShopVac or leaf blower) the fan and motor, you do not want the smell from the cleaner getting into your air system. Installation is the reverse of removal. Make sure to move the air distributer out of the way and install the motor at a slight angle until it is in the housing.

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