There is nothing worse than turning on your heat on a cold winter day only to hear a squealing noise and get no heat.
Well, the function of a blower motor, this one has a fan, is to force the air, whether it’s hot or cold, through the vents in your dash, and when it fails, yikes.
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Here is a list of five signs to take notice of in order to have your blower motor problem resolved before you lose air altogether.
- You notice little or no air. When you turn on your fan, does the air from the vents dribble out or not come out at all? If your car has freon and still getting little or no air from the vents may be from the blower motor failing.
- Smoke from the vents. This should be an obvious one, but you’d be surprised. Do you notice smoke coming from the vents? It’s possibly from the blower motor burning, an electrical problem that may cause a failure from the blower motor. Have your technician diagnose the problem before it turns into a fire.
- A smell from the vents. Would you smell that burning odor from the vents from the motor burning up? Could be from it being seized.
- A defroster not working. Is your defroster not working properly at the most inopportune time?
- Do you hear a rattling noise when you turn on your heat or your air conditioning? As the motor begins to fail, it may start to rattle, grind, squeal, or develop a vibration coming from the vents.
So, the next time you become aware of any of these five symptoms, have your auto technician diagnose the problem, and get your heating back for the rest of the cold winter days.
Having no heat or defrosters is something you don’t want to experience.
It can be difficult to drive wrapped in a blanket or in a burka.
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