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Old 02-02-2016, 08:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello anyone else had the problem of the heater console only working on the highest setting?
Anyone know a fix for it.
Took the console out and checked the terminals and all looks as it should.
Next step is to check the heater resistor/rheostat.
So my question is, Where is this part located.
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If its only working on one speed then almost certainly the resistor/rheostat is duff.
Usual placement is on the heater unit itself under the dash.
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This may help you find the part
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waBxuivtvn0
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I did a bit of searching the other week on the 2003 alto 1.1 16v and from what I could find it's the RF410. I can't offer any more than this I'm afraid..

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Had a Quick look under the glove box and drivers side but couldn't find it. Does the dash and radio need to come out to access the part?
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I would remove just the glovebox to see if its hiding behind it.
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Found the rheostat located on the drivers side. Romoved and dismantled. The two springs where intact but the wire connecting the two was completely gone.
I fixed this by soldering a copper wire to make the connection. Tested and now works on all three settings..
Two questions, the copper wire used is thicker than the thickest of the two springs. Will this fix be a problem? Will it damage the car.
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Your repair should be ok the original would have been a short galvanised type metal link like the springs, if the new link gets too hot it will melt like a fuse quicker than the original. I don't think it will be a fire risk. If it fails again change it for a proper replacement part.
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