Blower Fan Repair

re-run Jan 8, 2020

  1. re-run

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    So the fan in my X is going out, stopped working and I checked all the fuses, which were good. I unplugged the power to the fan and plugged it back in, then the fan started, but sounds a bit noisy, dry bearing noises. Has anyone tried to rebuild a fan? I mean, it's a simple electric motor, so the only issue would be pulling the case apart.
     
  2. meisanerd

    meisanerd Bought an X

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    Which year of Xterra? The replacement motor for my 2006 wasn't that expensive, and is really quick to swap out, Im not sure I would even bother attempting to replace it.
     
  3. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    It pulls out from the bottom of the airbox under the glove box. I need to replace mine. I've affectionately named it "my squirrels."
     
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  4. westslope

    westslope Bought an X

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    Larger material can get trapped near the blower fan and make noise. Remove and replace after cleaning could be all that is required.

    I should replace the resister as the first fan setting is too high and noisy.
     
  5. CHUG

    CHUG First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    Rock auto has them.. ( SEE LINKY) I think $56 something for it.. 5mm socket, tiny arms & rubber body to get to the dang thing..
    If your replacing the Blower.. Replace the Resistor card too.. it will be failing soon as they tend to have issues.. step 1 works, 2-3 fails 4 works. Or other way around.
    That card is Here hold my beer. 5.5mm socket. unplug, toss.. plug new one in.. Re-install Reclaim beer.. Done.

    I have to clean mine out every 6 months due to Mice dropping cherry pits into the squirrel cage. When I crank to 4 an it's noisy its time to clean it out. and Cabin filters.

    a quick check on a 2007 Xterra

    Linky: https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog...669,heat+&+air+conditioning,blower+motor,6916

    NOTE this is for 2007 X
    the Info Spec's: https://www.nissanhelp.com/diy/xter...lower_motor_resitor_replacement_procedure.php
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2020
  6. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Mine is definitely bearing noise. And I put a new resistor in when I did the 2.5 dash swap. So it's brand new.
     
  7. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Relative to the rest of the truck anyway
     
  8. outback97

    outback97 Bought an X

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    My original blower motor lasted 10 years and 90k miles. When it failed I put in a $45 TYC part. That lasted only 2 years, and was always louder and weaker than the original. When that one failed I went back to OEM for $140. 3X the cost, but worth it IMO as it restored the original performance.

    I have read that some people rebuilt the motor, but I wasn't clever enough to figure out how to take it apart without destroying it in the process.
     
  9. re-run

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    It's the original blower in my 2011, so it's got about 9 years on it. I've though about replacing the blower, but I dislike tossing money at something, if can be rebuilt/repaired. I've replaced the resistor a couple years ago, but I am figuring it's the fast, as I unplugged power to it, plugged it back in and it slowly started to turn, with accompaniment of bearing noise. So, it's dry bearings, should be a simple fix as long as I can get the fan body apart.
     
  10. westslope

    westslope Bought an X

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    I tried to dismantle the blower fan a few years ago but was unsuccessful. Ended up destroying the housing.
     
  11. 11ORX

    11ORX Test Drive

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    I have a 2011 and replaced the blower motor about a year ago with a VDO from Rock Auto (part #PM9282). It's worked fine since. Also replaced the cabin air filters with ATP (part #RA39). $64 for the blower motor and $9 for the filters.
     
  12. westslope

    westslope Bought an X

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    Blower fan resister.

    Which specific model should I get? Does buying OEM here matter or are there perfectly acceptable after-market resisters? Explicit suggestions please.
     
  13. 11ORX

    11ORX Test Drive

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    I recommend removing your resistor card and taking a good look at it before buying a new one. There were two different types of cards used in 2005+ Xterras. I ordered the wrong type for my 2011 (Standard Motor Products Part #RU365). Since I was just going to replace it as a preventative measure I returned the card and didn't bother ordering the correct card. As to whether aftermarket cards are as reliable as OEM, I don't know about the cards but I have no complaints about my aftermarket blower motor (VDO Part #PM9282).
     

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