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This is a '02 Passat. The blower fan has gotten very loud at setting 3 and above, and my daughter noticed like a burnt smell coming from the vents. The aircondition seems to work fine. Is the fan going bad and how difficult is it to fix. Getting ready to sell the car and I don't want to spend too much money on it.

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  • jlarsen4 Jul 28, 2009

    Thank you for your reply. Do you know where I can find some instructions on how to do this job?

    Do I need any other parts than the blower fan and is it one unit ?

    Any additional help would be great.

    Thanks

  • jlarsen4 Jul 28, 2009

    Just wondering if anybody else could provide information about how to change a blower fan in '02 Passat.

  • jlarsen4 Jul 28, 2009

    Thank you so much for your reply - I think I can do this now.



    When I order the part(s) - do I need both the motor and the fan, or does it come as one unit?



    Thank you,



    J.L.

  • jlarsen4 Jul 28, 2009

    Thank you so much for your help - I hope this will take care of the problem.
    J.L.

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  1. Remove glove box and see blower.
  2. Remove 2 cables which run motor to left.
  3. Remove 3 screws located 2x left of unit 1 x right of unit and using a PALM posie remove top screw behind airbag DO NOT REMOVE AIR BAG OR THE CABLES CONNECTING IT AND DO NOT REMOVE BATTERY TERMINAL.
  4. Then remove blower. Blower can be removed without airbag d/connected.
    Simply keep you hand on the casing and push the blower fan the other way. Its held in place by 3 poly/plastic/rubber grommets. DONT LOOSE THEM.
  5. REMOVE the blower & take it out.
  6. Now blower is in 2 bits held together by 2 cables.
  7. Look at the blower and you will see 2x copper cables/earth straps.
  8. Remove one leg; watch out as there is a spring. Once removed take out carbon brush and REINSERT 180 degrees in effect turning it round. Insert back into fitting and push spring back into hold and re apply clip. Apply clip from bottom and push into place its faster. Again same with the other side.
    BATH IN WD40 and prepare the unit for putting back.
  9. Now open pollen filter & remove filter.
  10. You can see blower fan now, turn it round with your finger it should scrape against the casing.
  11. With a long screwdriver (or a crowbar), push the fan by the metal rod in the middle towards the inside of the car and it will then sit the lug in place. Go inside the car and you can see if the lug sit in place.
  12. PUT filter and casing back. When you’re refitting pollen filter casing look to the right of the casing and clean it out. That’s a common water leaking issue with passat’s and that’s where it comes from.
  13. The wiring is blue with first and then brown ( they only fit one way round) fit them back.
  14. Now crank the engine and check the fan.
Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.

Thanks
Rylee

Posted on Jul 28, 2009

  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith Jul 28, 2009

    Hi J.L.



    Please replace both the motor and the fan and both of these are separate part(s).



    Thanks
    Rylee

  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith Jul 28, 2009

    Hi J.L.



    It is preferable to replace both the parts as replacing blower facn only can cause the issue to repeat itself again.



    Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.

    Thanks
    Rylee

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This job calls for 1.1 hours warrenty work. Most small independant shops will charge you about $100 to $200 to swap it out plus the cost of the part.. Its not that difficult. Figure if you tackle this yourself plan on upwards of 3 hours. Get the part first before you pull it apart. That way you will be able to size it up in order to better understand what need to come off. If the smell only happens when you run the blower motor then its most likely the problem. Be sure to inspect the connector carefully when you get it apart. It may of melted.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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    Every cars different. If your asking for specifics not even books will tell you. You just have to a an asortment of tools available. If your that limited on what you have at hand it might be best to have someone else do the job. You can hear it turning. Now you just have to start removing stuff.

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    By the way you wont know what addional parts you will need until you take it apart.

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