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Volvo 850 heater blower

After squealing like a pig for a few days, the heater blower quit. The fuses are OK so I presume the motor needs replacing. How do I get at it to repair or replace it?

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  • bpwsource Dec 29, 2008

    Could also be the heater resistor. Both the fan motor and resistor are located in the same place behind the glovebox. Have to take off the glove box drawer and a couple other things in there to get at it. It's all in the Haynes Repair Manual. I just experienced the same problem and have to replace one or the other (or both) today...

    Resistor - 99.95 from Volvo
    Fan Motor - 234.95 from Volvo


  • northmor Jan 01, 2009

    http://volvospeed.com/Repair/pdash850.ph...

    This gives a pictorial description of how to access the blower motor on the Volvo 850.


  • northmor Jan 02, 2009

    I did not replace the resistor, or the motor - just oiled it, and it all works fine so far. It would appear that the Electronic Climate Control senses that the motor is seized, blinks the recirc light when you first call for air, and shuts off power to the motor. Anyone know if that is the case? If the resistor didn't blow, why replace it?

  • frostyfrog Feb 03, 2009

    My heater motor just stopped working after a hard cold start this morning. Its newer, I know that, all the fuses are good. The "rec" and "ac" lights blink when I start it. The motor or something else. Thanks in advance!

  • no heat volv Feb 20, 2009

    I have 96 volvo 850, the blower motors works the ECC lights blink when start but no heat please help its coldddddd

  • bpwsource May 11, 2010

    I only replaced the fan...should I look into replacing the resistor as well?

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As you can read in the first response that is most likely the problem..as long as you're gonna be doing all the labor, if you can afford it replace both the resistor and motor at he same time if you plan on keeping the car.

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