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Are you loosing radiator fluid. sometimes the heater core will rupture and you will smell burn odor. also check for strange rubbing sounds or screeching coming from the blower fan motor. or engine exhaust manifolds are hot when car is on, make sure nothing is leaning on them which will cause a burn odor. Any odor coming from outside will find it's way inside through the fresh air vents.

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The heater fan either makes noise, or today it only worked on high and had a smell to it, do i need to replace it?


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Install this first before deciding to replace the Motor.
After reinstalling, if the motor is making noise, turn it off IMMEDIATELY so you don't burn the resistor up again. The smell should be either the Resistor burning-up or the Motor burning out. The smell should have an odor like electrical burning?
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