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I need to change the blower motor on a 1969 el camino.Do I have to jack up the right side & remove the tire to find it under the fender skirt?

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  • ct1955 Nov 14, 2010

    Your answer was right out of the repair manual,am I getting to this blower from the engine compartment or through the wheel well? Thanks,I'm a total novice.

  • ct1955 Nov 14, 2010

    Having a great time removing the fender skirt bolts,some are not budging yet,I got enough out that with a flashlight I can see the blower motor.When I can get to the elec. connections I'll hot wire it to the battery

  • ct1955 Nov 14, 2010

    Got to the blower motor,took elec. connections off

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This is the best method to access the blower motor.
In fact, afterwards I have cut a square cutout in the fender skirt, and used sheet metal screws to reattach. Easier to access in the future.

Make sure you use a jack stand, and wheel chocks for the back tires. Level surface. Safety first.

Sometimes the screws that hold the blower motor to the blower housing, are going to be rusted in. Spray a medium such as Liquid Wrench on the screw heads, tap the screw heads lightly with a metallic tool.

This helps the Liquid Wrench get into the rusted area. Then come back after a half hour, or so, and try removing the screws.
Sometimes they have to be drilled out. If you need further information, please post back in a Comment within 4 hours. Thank you for using FixYa, regards joecoolvette

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    joecoolvette Nov 15, 2010

    Wheel well

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    joecoolvette Nov 15, 2010

    Just caught that. No my answer wasn't out of any repair manual. I'm 55, and have had a few El Camino's. Corvettes now. '70 and '76. You CAN get to it from the top, but you had better be a circus performer.

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Yes, below are procedures from autozone.com. Before replacing motor, please see my tip at http://www.fixya.com/cars/r6234839-doesn_t_heater_or_air_conditioner_blow . These are generic instructions. You should check the motor by wiring it directly to the battery before replacing. If the motor is good, next check the resistor for continuity. If you get stuck or need additional instructions, please get back to me.

Blower motor removal:

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Disconnect the hoses and wiring from the fender skirt.
  3. Remove all fender skirt attaching bolts except those attaching the skirt to the radiator support.
  4. Pull out, then down, on the skirt. Place a block between the skirt and the fender.
  5. Remove the blower-to-case attaching screw, then carefully remove the blower assembly.
  6. If necessary, remove the blower wheel retaining nut, then separate the motor and the wheel.

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    Jeffrey Turcotte Nov 14, 2010

    yes, the wheel well. jack up, remove tire, and take the skirt loose. If you have a 12 volt test light, you can check for voltage at the connector with the key and blower turned on. If there is voltage there, continue to remove and replace the blower. If no voltage at connector, the blower may be fine. You should then check for voltage at the resistor. I will get the procedure for you. I can walk you thru this.

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    Jeffrey Turcotte Nov 14, 2010

    Here is your circuit diagram. As you can see, aside from wiring, there are four things needed for the blower to work: fuse, switch, resistor, and motor. The resistor is the most common cause of failure. I'm not trying to tell you what to do--just want to make sure you don't buy something you don't need. If you're sure it's the motor, please ignore these comments.


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    Jeffrey Turcotte Nov 14, 2010

    You're doing fine. We all have to deal with rusty screws. And it's never as easy as it sounds on paper.

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