I may need a new HVAC blower motor in my 2000 Saturn LW2. Of course it has to be hundreds of dollars for the part w/o labor. Looking at ebay motors I see L-Series Blower Motors, could someone please help me find a new in box blower motor for less than $100 that will fit my 2000 Saturn LW2? If you find an online site that has it in stock and with a warrenty of some kind, that would be great.
Let's start with how do you know you need a blower motor?If we find you really need one I would be more then happy to help you find one.
January, 10, 2011 AT 3:51 PM
I know this based on what the specialized electical shop had to say. The blower motor works when I go over railroads, or tap the fire wall with a hammer, but doesn't always com on by itself. I found a new one for 87.64 and it's in the mail. I will be taking the car apart today because the mechanic explains, that when he takes off the housing cover to the blower motor it comes on, but when he puts it on it shuts off. I'm thinking, enclosed unit so no refurbing, brushes must be warn or cabonated, and ultimately, the blower motor is worn out. It's 11 years old. I do know a thing or two and am very resourceful. If you think I could salvage the 11 year old motor, detailed instructions would be great. Otherwise it's pluck and chuck.
January, 10, 2011 AT 6:59 PM
Alright I was just looking out for you a lot of users on here just want to start replacing part's when something doesn't work without testing first. Just make sure you don't have a loose connection terminal tightness issue I have seen that happen on those car's and replacing the motor didn't fix it. But you are correct if it's bad pluck and chuck. That's not a bad price about the same price as rockauto. Com with shipping.
January, 11, 2011 AT 12:29 AM
That actually is the price at Rock Auto.I bought it from there. After I took everything apart today I was surprised to see what I saw. I was told nothing could be seen where it was rubbing or getting caught up.I found wear on the outer edge of the ring of the "squirel cage" closest to the motor. Facing the cage, each fan blade had obviouse wear and plastic "hang-nails" as well as the outer ring face. The wear color was black. Which would be consistant with the two chewed up pieces of black plastic I found in the blower motor housing. I also found a lip of the underside housing to be worn and had plastic dangling about two inches long (like a tread), I'm sure from one of those plastic pieces being wedged in there while the blower was turning. A little fine grit sand paper to sand off the excess and smooth the edges and viola! She runs like a champ! And by the way, the mechanic also said everytime he went to put the blower motor housing cover on it would stop.I took my time, didn't force things, kept checking to be sure the blower would come on and left it on while tightening the screws. Never had a problem. Just goes to show you that with a little direction, your better off doing it your self before taking it in to pay someone else. My conclusion is to leave the old one in until it dies again. If it does it IS electrical (there was some patch work done to the wiring at the plug of the blower motor which cost $144 the first trip in to the "experts"). When and if it dies again, I'll replace it and tear down the old motor to bare guts to see why it wasn't working. I admire and respect you guys for what you do and thank you for your assistance in pointing me in the right direction. Again, details of how to tear down the old motor without damaging it would be appreciated.
January, 11, 2011 AT 1:03 AM
I dint know you had it worked on before this problem if you put the blower motor in not just right the fan will strike the housing. Also if the cover isn't put on the blower motor correctly it will do exactly what your saying it did. Those blower motor's can get tricky when taking them out or putting them in. That's why I asked you why you were sure you needed a blower motor before you ordered one. You want instruction's on how to tear down the actual blower motor itself?If that's what you want your out of luck we live in a throw away world and the blower motor itself is one of them it's pluck and chuck motor.
January, 13, 2011 AT 11:16 PM
That's a bummer. I got the new one in yesterday, which was a good thing because the blower didn't come on this morning untill I fist pounded the dash board. She started right up. LOL! So back to the garage this weekend I go to put in the new blower motor. If this one fails then it has to be an electrical problem. Right? I already had patch work done. So it should still be under warrenty since it was on the harnes side of the plug. (And the saga continues.) The good thing is, I can try to take the old blower motor apart (did I mention I was a certified electronic technician and U. S. Army Veteran?). I will keep you posted on my ol' girl's progress. Saturns are really dependable cars. It's the accessories. Ugh!
January, 14, 2011 AT 3:29 AM
Yeah if the new blower motor give's you issue's then you have a loose connection or a bad part somewhere else. As far as the old blower goes if memory serve's correct I think you will have to break it apart.I don't think there are screw's holding the casing together.I could be wrong though. Keep me posted on whats going on with your car.