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nedfunnell 01-05-2013 01:40 PM

I hate my life. Heater fan reinstallation @ 0% after 2 hours
OK folks,
I spent about 2 hours in my freezing garage this afternoon attempting to reinstall my heater fan. Previously, I got it out and freed up the bearings for smooth running. However, I now cannot get it back in for the life of me.

I read after taking it out that it's a good idea to make marks on the strap that holds it in and the motor so you can get it back in more easily. This would have saved me some time but I think I still have a problem. (Besides, mine had enough dust on it that I could see the pattern of where the strap was).

Essentially, I can get the motor in and nestled into its little spot, but the strap is just way short of where it needs to be, lby about 1/2". I have the strap hooked into the little metal strap in the back, I've taken that motor out and put it back into its spot about a dozen times (or more) trying to see if I had the wrong orientation, something caught, or what.

I see a notch on the little riveted in metal strip in the back. On my car, it is facing up. I am somewhat suspicious that it may be in backwards, and that the notch is supposed to face down, and the end of my strap fits into it there. This would provide me the extra length it appears I need. Also, flipping that strap would put the notch on the other side, which seems to make sense, since the end of the strap isn't lined up with the notch if I have it positioned as it was originally installed, but it looks like it might line up if flipped. If this is true, though, then how in the world was it ever installed in the first place? Perhaps whatever magic tool they used in Germany was able to strap that sucker down despite the error?

Here's a picture of what I'm talking about. Can anyone who has done this before comment?

SWISS 01-05-2013 04:42 PM

I don;t think it's in right/ all the way.

The strap was over it it didn;t shrink inches overnight.

shutterlife 01-05-2013 09:49 PM

I know this isn't useful information but, why not have the dealer do it under warranty. My heater wasn't working properly, took my car in and it was just a software recall. Not it works fine.

hornhospital 01-05-2013 10:56 PM

An E30 still under warranty? :rofl:

_Ethrty-Andy_ 01-05-2013 11:41 PM

lol im using a 24" Mac and i still cant see the whole photo. please resize

nedfunnell 01-16-2013 04:55 AM

F*** for resolution. Does anyone have any experience with this little bracket back there?

Nick323 01-16-2013 07:11 AM

My New year resolution is 1920 X 1080 :rofl:

fcsteve 01-16-2013 11:17 AM


Originally Posted by nedfunnell (Post 7317046)
F*** for resolution. Does anyone have any experience with this little bracket back there?

that riveted bracket is upside-down.

the notch is supposed to be on the right side at the bottom, you have it on the left at the top.

i looked at pictures from a wiper linkage/heater fan DIY i never put up to confirm this.

onager 01-21-2013 07:41 PM

Maybe this picture will help:

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