Noisy Fan

subaru
impreza
blower-motors
heating
fans
airconditioning

#1

The heater fan recently made a slight clunk, now it makes a constant rumbling sound that can be felt at higher fan speeds, as well as a slight sound like there’s a wire touching the blades. My mechanic says it’s a tight motor. Motor=$207.63, resistor=$61.44, fan control=$352.92, labor=$200. They figure the fan will soon take down the rest of the components. I’m not sure my comfort is worth $900+! I was hoping that a wire fell on top of the blade, but that’s too optimistic. Does this sound legit? Thanks!


#2

Ouch, the folks at Subaru are mighty proud of their blower motors, resistors & controls.

Did your mechanic say why you need more than just a new blower motor.

I dont know about Subarus, but i’ve driven a LOT of miles on various cars-mostly Fords- and never replaced a blower motor. So for one of my Fords a motor from a wrecking yard would be a good bet.


#3

He said the fan “went flat” or something like that (this was too long ago to remember). He said it would burn the other components out eventually. Granted, the switch is a little sticky (WD-40 cures that for months at a time), and he thought that would bring down a new motor. A vicious cycle. Sigh.


#4

You’ve heard that old saying “knowledge is power” i’m sure.

In this case the knowledge you need will be in a 20 buck Haynes manual. Any auto parts store shoud have it.

Read the procedure in the manual for replacing the blower motor & you might decide to get a motor from the wrecking yard & replace it yourself.

I’d replace the motor & see how it goes.