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Cabin blower motor - location/removal
« on: April 05, 2018, 05:13:52 PM »
I would like to get to the fan/blower motor that blows the air into the cabin. Lately it has been persistently sounding like a piece of paper on moving bicycle spokes so there is either a foreign body in there or a broken component (I suspect the latter, as the sound is consistent suggesting it is fixed in place rather than something loose rattling around).

There are three or four clips on youtube that display a similar sound and people seem to think it is the air intake actuator (there are instructions for accessing and replacing said actuator at http://sidesonic.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/mazda-3-bl-hvac-air-actuator-replacement.html). In most of those cases the noise seems to cease after a short while or when the recirc function is activated, which makes sense if the fault is in the actuator. As my noise does not change or go away whatever I do (apart from increasing/decreasing with the fan speed) I suspect it is more likely to be in the fan itself or the motor that powers it.

Does anybody know which side (driver's or passenger's) the blower motor is accessible from? The instructions above are for a model with the wheel/pedals on the left and glove box on the right. Does that mean I should be able to get at it from the passenger side? I suspect this may be one for a mechanic but thought I might have a poke around first just in case.

Edit: if the instructions at http://www.mazda3tech.com/blower_motor_removal_full_auto_air_conditioner_-1444.html are anything to go by it may be a bit beyond my level (!!!).
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Re: Cabin blower motor - location/removal
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2019, 06:49:51 PM »
Hi. Any chance you got this issue figured out? Mine is doing the same and I'm struggling to find any info on this issue.

Thanks

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Re: Cabin blower motor - location/removal
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2019, 07:29:26 PM »
I'm afraid I didn't. It sorted itself out eventually. I think whatever piece was loose eventually broke off. I did take the central vents out of the dashboard, which is easy enough to do, but couldn't see much down there to determine where the sound was originating from. I still don't know what the actual source of the noise was but in my mind's eye it was from a loose blade of the fan rather than the actuator that diverts the flow of air between the various vents.
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Re: Cabin blower motor - location/removal
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2019, 02:14:37 PM »
Try to record it and post it here :)

If your blower is broken,I'm afraid that your entire dashboard needs to be dismantled to even get to it..

I got lucky with mine because it's LHD,but those 3 images can give you idea how ******ty that job is.Only let authorised dealership to work on it.




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Re: Cabin blower motor - location/removal
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2019, 01:13:16 PM »
Aye; I saw a take-down video of the Mazda3 dash when I first started looking into this and it didn't half look a faff. I will take it in somewhere if any noises ever become too much to bear.

Thank you for the pics, though. It is interesting to see what the dash is concealing.
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Re: Cabin blower motor - location/removal
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2020, 06:46:20 PM »
Ah Fudge...

https://photos.app.goo.gl/LtBGZ2bxRju1NC2z9

We have fan lift off, one for Red imps if you're still about got a quote from Gardners in the Gill to remove and replace 425 quid.

Given who much labour is involved I'm not surprised at all.

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Re: Cabin blower motor - location/removal
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2020, 09:30:48 PM »
I'm sorry to hear you are having fan problems and for passing on the price you were quoted. Gardners is certainly convenient to get to. Mercifully the fan noise cleared up after a few weeks. I've now got aircon to fix (suspect several hundred quid for that) and the timing belt is due for renewal, with being 11yrs old now. Anything costing 3-digit sums or more and I need a lie down and the assistance of a ventilator.
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Re: Cabin blower motor - location/removal
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2020, 10:26:39 PM »
It's the first big bill It's thrown up so I can't be too angry, it's not getting fixed until at least pay day but between lockdown and homeworking getting confirmed until April does rather feel a bit like a pointless extravagance currently.

I still have working aircon/heater and although the noise is annoying I'm in the car once or twice a week at weekends and it sits 5 days a week while I work.

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