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1999 VW Beetle

The passenger compartment fan will not run.  Any suggestions on how I may be able to diagnose and fix the problem? Thanks

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  • oldarmybob Jul 10, 2008

    I checked the fuse box and found the fuse to be OK.  What is the next step?

  • oldarmybob Jul 10, 2008

    Thanks.  My apologies for the negative impact on you ratings with my first response.  I did not understand the significance of the selection that I made.
    I do very much appreciate your suggestions.  I will try to check the voltage at the fuse terminals.
    I think that the problem was instantaneous rather than a gradual failure of the fan motor.  (This is my daughter's car, so I don't know for sure about the circumstances leading to the failure).
    Best regards,

  • oldarmybob Jul 24, 2008

    No.  The fan does not run at all.

  • lncovert Nov 25, 2008

    I have the same problem with my wife's 1999 VW Beetle.  The fan for the heater/ac will not turn on with any setting (1, 2, 3, or 4).   Also, the AC light looks like it won't turn on either when I push it...not sure if they're related.  I checked all of the fuses and they are good.  My wife says the fan just didn't work one this failure was abrubt, not gradual.  Anyone know what it could be or how to troubleshoot it?  Thanks for the help.

  • Bruce Gehrke Nov 25, 2008

    Mine is a 2000 beetle. same issue. switch would not turn very well then turned fine and nothing worked. Fuse intact does not run on high. The switch for the AC would not come on if the fan was set to 0. so now it does not come on. I would think that my problem is the dash switch but I have only pulled the radio and felt behind it. I will be pulling out the dash to check the switch for power. I have not checked the fuse for power yet only that the fuse was not blown.

    Thanks for your time and help in advance. BruceG

  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2008

    Same problem. Fan switch abruptly quit working. I have pulled out the switch knob and put it back in. When I did this, the switch worked briefly on the first setting and quit when I rotated it again. Then it stopped working altogether.

  • smurray751 Jan 16, 2009

    Check the fuses and wiring, can't find a short anywhere, but the fan, "squirt motor" for the windshield washing system, and mirrors are all dead. This is after a severe cold snap in the area (Green Bay, WI).



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The first thing to do is check the fuse - it's position will be in the Haynes / Bentley manuals. If you don't have one and don't want to get one (they are really useful) then you could take out all the fuses one by one and test them or visually inspect them. The location of the fuse panel will be in the Users Manual.

If that doesn't fix it, please come back and ask again. Hope this helps. D.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

  • Richard Raynor Jul 10, 2008


    Much now depends on whether it stopped instantly, or gradually got slower. It's possible that a connector has come off the blower control switch, but I don't know the removal procedure for that - it will probably be in the Haynes or Bentley manual for your model.

    If it gradually got slower, it could be the blower itself at fault. That will be a real pain to get at.

    You did say that the fuse was OK - maybe you could check that there is 12V available at that fuse socket, just in case there's a wire off round the back. Is everything else working OK?

    You might also get the fault codes read in case there is some indication in there.

    I hope this helps you a bit. As you have rated my first response as Thanks for Trying, my overall rating has now gone down and I was sooo close to becoming a Guru! Perhaps I could ask next time that you defer the rating until we have either sorted your problem or given up? It helps us keep up our enthusiasm to help others, free of charge. Cheers, D.

  • Richard Raynor Jul 10, 2008

    Hi Bob,

    VW ancilliary stuff tends to be common throughout the range, and it seems possible that there is a problem with the blower motor resistor pack. I found this for you...

    "If the resistor pack overheats, a thermal fuse
    will melt and open the circuit. If this occurs,
    the fan will run on high speed only.
    A resistor pack with a melted thermal fuse
    may be an indication of worn blower motor
    bearings, or a restriction in the airflow (such
    as a blocked dust and pollen filter). These
    conditions can cause the motor current draw
    to rise, adding to the heat load on the resistor
    pack. Always check for mechanical problems
    before replacing the resistor pack."

    Does yours run on the fastest setting?

    And there you go with your premature ratings again :-)

    Cheers, D.



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