2012 Escape fan level 1 out


#1

Have a 2012 Escape and the first level on my fan stopped working. All other speeds are good to go. Should I replace the blower resistor? If so, can you provide details on replacing?


#2

Sounds good to me, a video is worth 1000 pictures


#3

Also highly recommend that not only do you replace the resistor card. You should also consult TSB 14-0157 to reduce the amount of water ingestion into the HVAC.


#4

On my Corolla the first (low speed) stopped working. I ohm’d the blower resistor out and discovered that the low-speed portion had opened up. So replacing the resistor would fix the problem. I don’t need that speed, so I just live with it. Designs using blower resistors, b/c of the way the power is distributed between the fan and the resistor, it is usually the low speed that stops working, and the rest continue to work.


#5

You guys are heros. I’ll post with details when I have it cured.


#6

FYI, just installed new blower resistor and have low speed option back. With resistor out, only top speed works. Haven’t ever encountered a failing resistor before. Realized part can be obtained at local auto store.


#7

Oddly enough I just did this repair on my GM SUV. I got tired of just fan speed 3 or 4. The part is not so much a resistor anymore but a module much like the video shows. 6 screws and 2 connectors and it is replaced.


#8

@Viktor
Good To Hear!

“Haven’t ever encountered a failing resistor before.”

Something else to remember when talking about blower fans and resistors…
I lost some fans speeds on one of my vehicles and replaced the resistor. That fixed the problem, but not for long. When the same problem came back I returned the resistor for a warranty exchange part, only to have that resistor blow in short order.

From my experience and study into this problem it seems that a worn blower motor (usually on higher miles vehicles) or something restricting a blower fan can overload a resistor and burn it out fairly quickly. Sometimes leaves & tree debris or rodent building materials & food can drag the fan down enough to overload it. You can sometimes hear the “stuff” hitting the fan or bits coming from the vents.

Since a short-lived resistor is often the result of a bad fan or something in the fan then removing the fan and taking a look at it is recommended. A salvage yard low-miles fan solved the problem of my worn high-miles fan at a fraction of the cost of a new one.

Some fans have easy access and some don’t. Some are quite expensive and some aren’t. I suppose had mine been more difficult to replace I would have opted for a new part.

CSA


#9

Good to hear you have all fan speeds functional again. This is a pretty common reported here.