1997 Ford Escort Fan

Tiny
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  • 1997 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 66,000 MILES
The blower fan went out without any warning. I started the car, turned on the switch ahd the lights flickered for a second and the fa stopped. I've checked for a fuse and there is no fuse labled "fan" either under the dash or the hood. Heat still eventually filters out but no fan. Could this be the switch or something more serious?
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Monday, October 19th, 2009 AT 2:01 PM

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Tiny
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THere is a fuse for the fan. You should check the owner's manual for its location.

As far as the problem, before replacing anything, determine what fuse it is. Next, if the fuse is good, you need to check to see if the fan motor is getting power when you turn the switch on. IF it is, the motor is bad. If it isn't, then we will need to work backwards through the resister, relay and eventually to the switch to see where the power is lost.

LEt me know what you find with the fuse and if the motor is getting power. NOTE: The blower motor is under the dash on the passanger side (aprox behind the glove box). It isn't the easiest thing to get to.
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Monday, October 19th, 2009 AT 9:12 PM
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Hey, thank you for the reply. I don' have and owners manual for this vehicle so I'll have to do some research on line to try to find where it is located. I'll let you know what I find out.
Thank you again!
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Monday, October 19th, 2009 AT 10:05 PM
Tiny
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Not a problem. Let me know what you find. We'll figure this out one way or another.

Joe
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Monday, October 19th, 2009 AT 10:11 PM
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Thanks againi!
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Monday, October 19th, 2009 AT 10:46 PM
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Okay, I've downloaded an owners manual but there is no location given to a blower fan fuse. It's not even mentioned. There is a heater circuit braker shown but this is not the problem because the heater still works. It is only the blower that quit working. Any ideas?
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 AT 8:31 AM
Tiny
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I need you to check if power is getting to the blower motor. It is under the dash on the passanger side.
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 AT 9:38 AM
Tiny
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Sorry I took so long to get back. I went out and got one of the screwdriver type circuit testers. I took the blower out. With the key on and the fan switch on there is current @ the plug for the fan. There is also current showing with the fan switch off! I would guess that it is the blower being there is power to it. The fan does turn freely by hand however. I wouldn't guess that means anything though. Anyway the blower motor is out so I can go to junk yard tomorrow if you believe that is the problem.
Thank you so much once again!
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 AT 6:52 PM
Tiny
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Before you get one, make a jumper wire so you can run power directly to the motor from the battery. THe motor will need grounded. See if it runs when you try that. If it still doesn't, then it must be bad. ALso, you may want to check out a nationally recognized parts store. The blower motors aren't too expensive, and you'll get a warranty with it.

LEt me know if it runs with power directly from the battery.
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 AT 11:30 PM
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Will do! I'll let you know tomorrow.
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 AT 11:45 PM
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Okay, I jumped the fan off the battery and it works perfectly. Could it be the switch in the dash? When I checked for power at the connection last night, the light on the tester came on with the fan switch on and off. I saw on line that there is also something called a resignator or something like that. Thanks once again!
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Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 AT 10:11 AM
Tiny
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Good morning! Have you had a chance to check out my last thread yet? Anyway ther is no change from my last entry. Any further advice is nedded and welcome. It looks as if it is either the fan switch in the dash or something called a resignator.
Thanks again!
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 5:33 AM
Tiny
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Sorry I didn't get back sooner, but a virus shut my computer down at home and I couldn't even get it to turn on.

If the motor is good, then we saved the money of replacing it. Are you refering to a blower motor RESISTER? If so, yes that could be the problem. It is a resister that changes the amount of voltage that goes to the blower motor.

Let me know if that is what you ment.

Joe
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 8:18 AM
Tiny
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That must be what I saw then. Where is that located? Could it also be the switch in the dash?
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 10:12 AM
Tiny
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It is behind the left side of the dash behind the kick panel. Here is a picture. It will need enlarged for you to see it:


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/249084_resister_2.jpg

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 1:34 PM
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Thank you! I'll see if I can find it. Could it also be a problem with the fan speed switch?
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 1:40 PM
Tiny
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Actually, the it could, but this is how it works. The resister limits the amount of power that gets to the blower motor. The lower the power, the slower the motor spins. At the switch, all you do is send 12 volts to different locations in the resister. Based on which part gets the power determines how much power the motor gets.

I would start with the resister or at least check it for continunity.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 1:45 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for all the help! It was the resister. Got one for $16.00 at the dealer. Everything is now working great! The old one was fried all to hell! This little P.O.S. Just has to make it through the winter then I can get rid of it.
Thanks again for everything!
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Friday, October 23rd, 2009 AT 7:39 PM
Tiny
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I'm glad you got it fixed. Now, if it happens again, the problem could be that the motor is drawing too many amps and causing it to go bad. Chances are that isn't going to happen. I just thought I would mention it just in case. If it does, replace the motor too.

Take care, thanks for using 2carpros. Com, and let us know if you have questions in the future.

Joe
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Friday, October 23rd, 2009 AT 8:46 PM

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