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Where is the blower motor on my 98 escort zx2

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The blower motor is accessible from under the dash, on the passenger side of the car. The fan is located at the base of the cylinder-like cabinet visible under the dash, near the door column. Mark the position of the cover with a piece of chalk, (something I wish I had done) as the cover only lines up on the screw holes and pins a certain way, but can appear to fit in more than one direction. There are three small hex-head screws that hold the black plastic cover and a metal retainer ring in place. The fan motor body is held in place by the compression of the cover and retaining ring. There is a connecter under the cover that attaches the blower motor body to the car's wiring harness. This is where someone else will need to add some input, as I have not had the blower 'squirrel cage' fan off of the blower motor shaft, however, I believe if you are purchasing a new blower motor, it includes only the electric motor. (Bare shaft.) There is likely to be a screw or C-clip that holds the fan to the motor. Reinstallation is accomplished in reverse. The one trick I can offer is that I found that a pencil, with the eraser against the housing and the point caught in carpet, acted as a very handy, but makeshift, prop for the assembly while I was reinstalling the three screws, as well as holding the metal retaining ring in place. Remember that it is difficult to line up all three holes, while effectively lying head down in the floor of the passenger's side of the cabin. I found that lying across the seats from the driver's side was the most comfortable that I could manage, but it still involves hanging your head upside down while working under the dash. Also, before replacing the blower motor, be sure to test it to be sure that the problem is not in the blower motor resistor. The resistor can be found just behind, and to one side of the blower motor cover, with a pair of wire connectors coming from it. One is a single connector that runs under the blower cover to the blower motor. The other is a four wire connector that is part of the wiring harness. I tested by blower motor by (very) briefly shorting a circuit across each of the four pins to the single connector, with the key in the auxiliary position. If one of the connections will start the fan, then the problem is likely to be the blower motor resistor. PLEASE RATE THIS SOLUTION, IT'S THE ONLY REWARD WE GET FOR OUR TIME AND EFFORT

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On the passenger side firewall you will see it..its round and has a couple wires attached to it.

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