Blower Motor Installation
Got the squeaky blower motor blues?
Got an hour and a few torx bits?
This is one of the easier DIY projects for a passat.
I have seen a few postings about this... but no photos.
The blower motor in my 01.5 wagon started the intermittent squealing about year ago.
Sprayed the blower with silicon spray and that helped for about 8 months.
The high pitched squeal came back of course and I wanted a more long term solution.
It was above freezing today and I took the time to take photos too!
So here it is...
BTW - Not responsible if you damage your vehicle using these directions. Get a Bentley Manual! It really is worth it!
I still don't understand most of the major technical info in it!
Tools & Parts Needed...
Take Out Glove Box
- Replacement Blower - New from dealer $265- Found mine for $40 from a salvage yard off a 2004 passat with 8K on it.
- torx bits # 15 and #20
- small screwdriver
- music of your own choice to pass the time... I chose Three Dog Night for this project.
The blower resides right behind the glove box. So it has to go!
First remove the two bottom screws.
Now open the glove box.
Take out all the pens, gum wrappers, tire gauge and the other items you may not have seen for a while.
Remove the 5 screws holding it in.
Remove The Glove Box Light
Carefully take out the light by using a small flat screwdriver and your hand.
Notice the large plastic tab on one end.
This has to go back in the same way it came out so that the light will turn off when glove box is closed.
Unplug the light and set it aside with the 7 screws you ok out previously.
Now carefully pull the glove box out. It should come out very easily.
The blower is right there!
The tube with yellow warning sticker is the air bag unit.
Disconnect the power to the blower.
Take off the 3 torx screws holding the blower in.
Empty blower housing. Notice the cabin filter up above...
Install the new blower.
Reconnect the power.
Make sure it works before closing up the operation!
Reinstall the glove box.
Make sure to get the light connector back through the side of the glove box.
Remember to install the light back in the right direction.
Make sure the light turns off when you close the glove box. No dead batteries for us!
That's pretty much it. 30 minutes to an hour job depending on your working style.
I figure I saved a bit of $ by doing it myself with a decent used part.
And my wife is happy now... She's happy... Everybody is happy!
BTW - The small bit hoder I got at Sears a while back came in handy on a few of the hard to get at screws.
For those of you who have done this what should be added or modified?