Blower just runs on its own even when the key is out?

Tiny
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  • 1999 CADILLAC DEVILLE
  • 90,000 MILES
Should I be looking for a new blower motor or does this sound like a short of some kind when blower just runs on its own even when the key is out?

A few weeks ago my wife's car wouldn't start. I tried to crank it and the blower turned on by itself, but the car was not starting. I jumped the car, and the blower just ran. I couldn't turn it off. I switched b/t hot, cold, and defrost and it just ran.

I turned the car off after about 10 minutes of letting it run and the blower was still going. The next morning the battery was dead, so I figured the blower running killed the battery. I jumped it again and this time the motor didn't run at all no matter what I did. I wiggled and checked fuses and wasn't sure which controlled it but it still didn't turn on. She drove it for about a week and then one day it wouldn't start again.

When I put the key in and tried to start it, the blower turned on again, so I figured it turned on sometime during the night and drained the battery again. I have not jumped it again since then. I think the blower is working, but maybe a short or something is causing it to run on its own.
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Saturday, November 12th, 2011 AT 6:17 PM

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Tiny
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There is a blower motor resistor module that may have failed and caused the problem.

It is located under the center console near rear blower motor.

Dis-connect it and see if the blower motor stays off. If so, replace the resistor module.
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Sunday, November 13th, 2011 AT 12:21 AM
Tiny
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The blower motor module is bad. Its on top of the a/c case under the hood. It has 2 connectors. Its bolts into the a/c case with 3 7mm screws. The module is bolted into the a/c case because is needs to stay cold. You'll need to remove the power wire from the motor to stop the draw. Until you can replace the a/c blower module.
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Monday, November 14th, 2011 AT 9:11 PM
Tiny
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Ok, so I should not be looking anywhere on the actual blower itself? Just so I understand properly, you are not talking about the connector on the rear of the blower correct? Is the a/c case located near the firewall under the hood as well? Is this a part that I can purchase separately.

I've asked for a "blower control modulator" b/c I had a friend say that's what it sounding like caused the problem, but when I went around looking for one, no auto-part stores had them. Is this something I can only find at the dealer.
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Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 AT 10:38 AM
Tiny
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There is no blower resistor, or power module for this vehicle. The a/c programmer, which is the control module for HVAC functions, is the speed controller for the blower motor.
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Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 AT 4:14 PM

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