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How do i change the fan motor on a 1988 topaz

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You need to make sure it is not the switch 1st. They are known for failing in the 80s fords and are very cheap at the junk yard. You can easily check this by removing the connector from the back of the fan speed switch and using a paper clip as a jumper. If you hit the wrong 2 together it should spark, but worst it will do is blow a fuse. If you jumped it and the fan still dont come on, you need to check the resister. This is also a common part for failing. You can see the resister by looking up under the glove box and you will see a large black box that houses your heater core, ac if you have it and the blower motor. The connector you are looking for is fairly large and has about 4-6 wires going in it. It should have 2 bolts holding it in. You need to check it with a voltage meter to make sure its getting power. If you checked the switch and the resistor, and the fuse in the fusebox, then get ready for a 2 day job.
The heater core requires you to remove the refrigerant from the ac and disconnect the lines, drain the radiator, and remove the whole dashboard from your car.

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