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Audi A4 1.8T 1999 Faulty interior fan

In the last week my fan has started working intermittently, and I can't figure out what the problem is. Even when I turn the air conditioning on, it still won't come on. It may come on though 10 minutes later?!

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  • Anonymous Nov 14, 2008

    I have the same problem with my 1998 Audi A4T. It seems as if something is obsructing the fan from turning. Sometimes it started to work when I drive on a dirt road.

  • smysq1 Dec 18, 2008

    I have a AUDI 1.9 TDI 2005 and my Windscreen fan does exactly the same thing. Sometimes it will work fine and others times it acts as though it is blocked!

  • davidbuilder Jan 24, 2009

    I pulled out the blower motor below the glovebox, and sent it to a local company that makes up carbon brushes if you give them the originals.

    Back in, and working 100%



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This is a common fault and is caused by worn brushes on the blower motor.

Removal of the motor by dismantling the glove box assy, then turning the brushes 180 degrees or replacing them will solve this.

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This isn't the failure I am accustomed to seeing with blower fans which is a problem with speed controls and only the highest speed working due to a defective multitap resistor.
Your problem sounds a lot like a faulty (or failing) switch or possibly a connector that is no longer contacting as it should.
Try moving the speed control back and forth multiple times to see if this affects the fan startup. If it does, then the control itself has failing contacts.  If this has no effect, then the blower motor brushes may be growing too short from not being pushed by a light spring that should push the brushes inward to compensate for the normal wear. Sometimes the guides in which the brushes sit are gummed up so the little bit of spring tension isn't adequate to overcome the stickiness in the guides.

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