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Old 02-08-2012, 12:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need a little help, I need to replace my heater blower motor on my 2007 SX4 and just wanted to know how hard it's going to be. I know some cars have the motors located in the pass. side area and can be reached from under the dash. Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You are right about location-removing the glove box will give more room to work. Are you sure the blower motor is bad? If it is working ONLY on high speed then the problem is a resistor that mounts on the fan housing, providing power at slower settings. They replaced mine under warranty.
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Thanks for the info. I had the dealer replace the resistor because the fan only worked on high, just as you said, but they didn't tell me about the blower being bad. The blower motor sounds as if you released a bunch of howling monkeys loose in the car. The bearing is causing the motor to draw too many amps and that burned out the new resisitor! Back to square one. The dealer quoted me an unbelievable amount of money to replace the motor, so I'm doing that myself, and they will replace the resistor again for free. Cars hate people! Thanks again.
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suzuki got cheap on a few SX4s and didn't include a cabin filter (just a cap on the space!) --- maybe you'll get lucky and find the problem is a mess of debris in the fan housing??? give us details when you get things fixed????
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If I get that lucky i'm buying a lottery ticket. I did find a good deal on a used motor from some guys on ebay. It came off a car with only 33k, maybe it will last a while. I'll keep you informed. Thanks
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If you haven't done it already, the blower motor is extremely easy to remove and replace. Just do it.
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Some guys with 2007's said they did not get a cabin air filter, even though the place is there and a dummy was in that place, with NO filter material in it.

My 2009 did come with a filter, it was an el'cheapo paper filter that was warped from humidity and full of bugs, tree parts and sand when I finally took it out to inspect it. I promptly exchanged it for a FRAM Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filter.


Cheap paper filter on the left and Fresh Breeze filter on the right. Even a blind person could tell the difference in quality.

Also, the fresh breeze filter is impregnated with charcoal and baking soda for the freshest possible air. In 2.5 years I've just replaced mine recently. I had taken the old one out and cleaned it every time I do an oil change. It was getting somewhat worn. I got both filters from "Rock Auto", for about $17 ea.

The heater motor is on the bottom of the heater housing. It should be pretty easy to remove. Without a filter, it's probably full of debris.

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Thanks to everybody that wrote in. I plan on changing it this weekend, keep you're fingers crossed. Thanks again
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I changed the blower motor today and let me tell you you guys, this was so easy, 2 screws and a bit of a twist and out she came. The wire connector was harder to release that the motor. I took your advise and ordered a new cabin filter from the Rock. It was the crappie cardboard filter, but is wasn't too dirty. Maybe the dirt just passes though it! Once again, thanks you all you guys.
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Mice tend to nest in that area if you park outdoors overnight. You will know when the motor is removed if they made your vehicle their home.
A comment on previous posts. The 07's did have a dummy plate in it, but you can get the filter for an 08 or newer and slide it in that area as I did on an 07. Buy the OEM filter
(it is pricey) but good quality...after all it is your health we are talking about.
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