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Old 06-24-2004, 06:39 PM
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Question Help: My Fan and A/C Completely stopped working

I have a 2002 325i (March build i believe) 5sp
Today, I started my car as usual and the A/C and climate control completely stopped working. I had the Climate Control on Auto, and the display worked fine (fan levels went up and down, turned on and off etc... A/C button was lighting up and turning off) BUT there was absolutely NO air coming for the vents - no sounds coming from the engine compartment -- just nothing.

i checked the fuses in the glove compartment (they were fine). I turned the car on and off a few times.

After 30 minutes of driving (i left the fan on full power b/c that let the air pass through at highway speeds... the climate control fan turned on and everything started working as usual. A/C has been working fine since.

anyone ever experience anything like this?
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Old 06-24-2004, 07:05 PM
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I bet your fan speed resistor is failing. Happened twice on my E36 M3 and is currently happening to my E39 528it. They're crap.
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Old 06-25-2004, 10:07 AM
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I bet your fan speed resistor is failing. Happened twice on my E36 M3 and is currently happening to my E39 528it. They're crap.
Also known as the "final stage resistor". That would be my first suspect too.

15 minute DIY replacement.
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Old 06-25-2004, 03:43 PM
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Also known as the "final stage resistor". That would be my first suspect too.

15 minute DIY replacement.
Thanks

i've got an appointment next thursday, let's see how good the guys at Princeton BMW are. I know it's probably a simple DIY, but i kind of feel i want them to take some action while i've still got a warranty. plenty of time to DIY when it runs out.
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Old 06-26-2004, 08:34 AM
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Thanks

i've got an appointment next thursday, let's see how good the guys at Princeton BMW are. I know it's probably a simple DIY, but i kind of feel i want them to take some action while i've still got a warranty. plenty of time to DIY when it runs out.
I'd have it fixed under warranty too, if I was still under warranty

The bane of all capable weekend mechanics... Can't get car manufacturers to supply parts under warranty, and let you do the work yourself. I understand why, but it's still frustrating, as it requires you to go through the hassle and inconvenience of taking your car to the dealer and giving it up for a day, for something that is a simple 15 minute job that anyone who can handle a screwdriver can do.

I wish they would take a look at the customer satisfaction benefit of just sucking it up and allowing customer replacement of elementary, simple parts under warranty at customer's option. So the customer screws up the final stage resistor replacement, and needs it fixed by BMW. It's a cheap part and quick to fix. Just suck it up and make your customers happy.
 

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