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Blower Motor problem

First the fan would only kick on position 5, so I replaced the resistor. It worked great for 2 days then I noticed moving the switch sometimes it would work on 1-5 sometimes only 5 and sometimes on none of them (as I was switching through them). Each time I would turn the switch I could hear a click near the light switch or steering column area (similar or the same as the click when your lights turn on). I also noticed prior to changing the resistor the day time running lights and auto night lights would turn off when I would turn the fan switch on. Any ideas? Relay or ignition?

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  • Anonymous Jul 14, 2008

    i have the same prob,whats the cause? email

  • trcashtr Aug 13, 2008

    I have the same problem. If I take the blower motor speed down from 5 (high speed) with the selector switch, the day time / night time lights shut off intermittently. I also have a problem with the engine not turning over when engaging the ignition switch (same click sound heard). After several turns on the ignition switch, the car starts. This does not occur all the time, but intermittently.

  • bwellisley Dec 09, 2008

    my fan only works on #5, otherwise it is off. i'm still trying to find a dealer to help with the issue. my daytime running lamps stopped working at the same time; however that is the only common item at this time. i do not have any clicking noises, nor do my lights come on or off, nor do i have any starting issues. if i am able to solve this i will post the solution. i also need to find out how to replace the blower relay, as i have the part but cannot find where it is at in the car to replace it.



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Sorry but most that I can give would be generic as Pontiac Grand Prix are not that common in my country. I am assuming you are referring to the fan/blowers of the A/C unit.

Based on your description and from what little I know of the circuitry/wiring of current blowers:
1. the clicking sound would be a relay engaging and therefore the speed selector switch could be assumed to be operational since it can trigger the relay;
2. the day time running lights and auto night lights turning off when engaging the fan switch indicates possibly a common supply problem. This could be a wire or terminal in the fuse block. This common B+12 supply logically would be split into several including the fan blower fuse and the lights fuse. It is also possible that said terminal is corroded or has scorched marks preventing full flow of current or be disconnected intermittently;
3. since you have changed the resistor (presumably known and tested to be good) then the problem lies elsewhere possibly back to #2 above;
4. I would discount any ignition problem as it would be more engine related and has nothing to do with the fan/blower except that it share a common IGN B+12 which again points back to possibly #2; and
5. Though am not sure, but I think your car has also a blower motor control processor which also could be at fault.

I believe your best option would be to use a DVM to check for the presence of B+ supply to the fan motor while going through the switch settings (1 to 5). Thereafter trace back until you reach the resistor and its input of +12, go further back and trace it to the fuse holder and eventually to the common supply. You would have three (3) B+12, a) always ON; b) IGN ON; and blower switch ON.

Would appreciate a post back for any developments or results of your voltage checks.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Again, pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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Posted on Jul 04, 2008


Ignition switch problem causes multiple electrical problems including DRL.

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I had the same problem i took it in and the fuse block under the hood was cracked i had to replace it it cost me 500.00 dollars

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