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Old 11-18-2013, 04:35 PM   #1
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Fan Control Replacement Question

Hi Folks... New to this forum, so if this question is in the wrong place please excuse. I need to replace my fan control rotary style switch. Looks liek I need to remove what they call the center bezel (sp?) to get to it. Any suggested tricks to removing this or getting at the switch another way on a 2000 Wrangler? Also, I understand this problem is common (fan works on speed 1,2 and 4 but not 3) and can be other causes. Any suggested trouble-shooting ideas? Thanks! / Todd

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Old 12-03-2013, 06:14 PM   #2
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I'd love to hear a response on this. Mine has failed, too. 1,2 & 3 are low. 4 is high. Nothing in between...

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Old 12-03-2013, 08:22 PM   #3
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It could be the resistor also.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:25 PM   #4
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Removing the bezel is quick and easy. Start by prying up the defroster panel on top of the dash. Gently lift 1 end with a small screwdriver and work from one end to the other, it is held in place by friction clips (easy after the first time) Then look for the screws for the center bezel that are now visible on top, remove them, then remove the ash tray and the 1 screw behind it. That's it, now grab the bottom of the bezel and pull it out from the bottom. There are several spring clips that release as you lift. You have the dial switch and there are 4 screws to remove the panel to reveal the fan switch. Losing 1 speed does sound like it may be a bad fan speed switch. Had the same issue.
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:03 PM   #5
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I found elsewhere on the forum the same problem - and the solution. It is the blower motor resistor. Found behind the glovebox it's a pita to get at but doable.

You'll need a 5/16 wrench or socket, possibly a small flat screwdriver (to slip the lock on the connector and remove), a little bit of patience and the new resistor. At Advance Auto it's BWD #RU1045 ($24.99+tx) but they can look it up for you.

All four speeds work fine now. Just have to get that bugger remounted...

Have a look here. Did this on my lunch break.

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