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Noisy Blower Fan

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Noisy Blower Fan

Post by drewmeister2 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:33 pm

Hi,

My blower fan currently sounds like this at medium speed:

It seems to blow air just fine, despite the noise. Should I have the motor replaced? Or what is the best course of action?

Thanks!



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Re: Noisy Blower Fan

Post by June » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:59 pm

Insulation has sucked into the squirrel cage. Get it out immediately or the fan motor will be damaged. Had it happen to my car and it sounded just like that. I didn't get it in time so my fan had to be replaced at a cost of $1200. June


My Volvo cars owned
1989 740 GLT ordered
1994 850 4door standard shift ordered
1996 960 ordered
1998 S90 ordered totalled after 3 weeks
1998 V70 GT dealer stock car
2002 S80 T6 ordered totalled
2004 S80 T6 dealer stock car and current car owned

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Re: Noisy Blower Fan

Post by drewmeister2 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:10 pm

Thanks. From the post and video I saw about how to replace the blower motor, I’m trying to see where insulation would come in contact with the squirrel cage.



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Re: Noisy Blower Fan

Post by June » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:30 pm

drewmeister2 wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:10 pm
Thanks. From the post and video I saw about how to replace the blower motor, I’m trying to see where insulation would come in contact with the squirrel cage.
Recirculate blend door is backed with insulation that comes loose. At least on my car that is what the mechanic said. June


My Volvo cars owned
1989 740 GLT ordered
1994 850 4door standard shift ordered
1996 960 ordered
1998 S90 ordered totalled after 3 weeks
1998 V70 GT dealer stock car
2002 S80 T6 ordered totalled
2004 S80 T6 dealer stock car and current car owned

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Re: Noisy Blower Fan

Post by drewmeister2 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:42 pm

Oh ok. That makes sense. So I’ll most likely need a new recirculator, if that insulation has broken off?



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Re: Noisy Blower Fan

Post by June » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:28 pm

drewmeister2 wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:42 pm
Oh ok. That makes sense. So I’ll most likely need a new recirculator, if that insulation has broken off?
The mechanic took the panel under the wipers off and was able to reach his hand into the fan to remove the insulation. Apparently this is not too uncommon at least on the 2004 S80. That sound is unmistakable. I left mine like that too long. Don't make that mistake as the fan is expensive. The recirculate door was never replaced on my car and no issue has arisen.
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My Volvo cars owned
1989 740 GLT ordered
1994 850 4door standard shift ordered
1996 960 ordered
1998 S90 ordered totalled after 3 weeks
1998 V70 GT dealer stock car
2002 S80 T6 ordered totalled
2004 S80 T6 dealer stock car and current car owned

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Re: Noisy Blower Fan

Post by drewmeister2 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:38 am

There doesn’t appear to be anything visible caught in the fan (without removing it). Does anyone have any ideas?



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Re: Noisy Blower Fan

Post by drewmeister2 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:22 am

I talked to a local Volvo (non-dealer shop), and they confirmed the motor is going bad. They are saying the resistor has to be replaced as well. Does this sound accurate?

Also, anyone know where the blower motor resistor is located?



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Re: Noisy Blower Fan

Post by drewmeister2 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:47 am

https://www.volvopartswebstore.com/imag ... 240670.jpg

It appears to be #3 in the above picture...but how do I access it? Somewhere from the driver’s side?



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Re: Noisy Blower Fan

Post by June » Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:04 pm

drewmeister2 wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:22 am
I talked to a local Volvo (non-dealer shop), and they confirmed the motor is going bad. They are saying the resistor has to be replaced as well. Does this sound accurate?

Also, anyone know where the blower motor resistor is located?
On my car it was replaced with the fan. It is attached to the fan motor housing. June


My Volvo cars owned
1989 740 GLT ordered
1994 850 4door standard shift ordered
1996 960 ordered
1998 S90 ordered totalled after 3 weeks
1998 V70 GT dealer stock car
2002 S80 T6 ordered totalled
2004 S80 T6 dealer stock car and current car owned

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