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How to replace the fan in the Skoda Roomster

Resistor pack for speed fan

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I'm on the wrong side of the Atlantic to be familiar with your model, but on most cars the resistor pack is on top of the fan motor intake box behind the glove-box (which may need to be removed for access). Usually it's in a similar area to the cabin air filter, and looks like a small plate with a four wire (for a four speed fan), single electrical multi-plug going to it and typically held in place with a couple of screws.

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