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Old 01-17-2014, 06:50 AM   #1
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Angry Heater Control Discontinued

Okay so here's the issue I'm having. In Oct. my heater control shorted out, got it fixed with a used one. Drove the Jeep maybe a dozen times since then and it just blew out again last week. (I thought it was the blower motor this time but it's the control panel again)

Problem- since Fiat bought out Chrysler the part has been discontinued by manufacturer. Can't find a used one or new one. My stepdad in law, who's a mechanic, searched all his parts sources and can't find it. He found one in Frederick, MD, but when he called they said they were out and it's discontinued. I want a new one with a warranty because the last one put in was used and blew out. I can't keep spending a hundred or more dollars every two or three months on the same issue.

Anyone know where I can find a NEW one or how to jerry-rig the control panel to be all on or all off with no low setting?

This is the part I'm looking for, although the site says it's in stock it's not.
Omix-ADA - 17954.01 - Heater Control Panel, 87-95 Jeep Wrangler (YJ)


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Old 01-17-2014, 07:11 AM   #2
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What exactly is the problem with the old one?

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Old 01-17-2014, 07:56 AM   #3
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Shorted out and fried it. Is it possible to rebuild it
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:15 AM   #4
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There are used ones on Ebay.
If you have had the same problem more than once it is possable that the blower resistor or the blower motor are causing the problem. The resistor is about $6.00 and blower motors arent that expensive.
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Thanks maybe ill just replace the whole system.
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:42 PM   #6
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Check these guys out I've been searching for one too and there have only been a few places that advertise it http://4x4autoworks.com/i-12794351-o...w-o-ac-yj.html
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Old 01-17-2014, 06:02 PM   #7
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Thanks for the link, but they don't have it either. I added to cart, checked out, and and 2 hours later received notification that my order was cancelled.

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number. Unfortunately we will have to cancel your order. Your Credit
Card will be refunded, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have
caused...Regards.
This is absolutely ridiculous that this part is no longer made and can't be bought NIB. I'm seriously considering selling the YJ and upgrading to a TJ, probably 6 cyl. It sucks cuz I really need to have heat in the thing for winter driving/foggy windshield, plus if I do sell I'm going to lose money since I have more wrapped up in fixes and upgrades than it's worth. If it was strictly an offroad vehicle it wouldn't matter much if I had heat or not.
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The heater control has been discontinued long before Fiat bought out Chrysler.

If 2 of them have fried, it's either the resistor or the blower motor that is the problem.

You can bypass the heater switch if you are knowledgeable at wiring. I put a 3 stage switch on my dash that gives me low-med-hi, as well as a toggle beside it for the off and on.

I have been searching for the same unit that you are looking for. My search is going on 3yrs old now and I haven't been able to find anything NIB. Used ones on Ebay yes, but nothing new.

Let me know if you find anything, as I would like to purchase one as well.
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The heater control has been discontinued long before Fiat bought out Chrysler.

If 2 of them have fried, it's either the resistor or the blower motor that is the problem.

You can bypass the heater switch if you are knowledgeable at wiring. I put a 3 stage switch on my dash that gives me low-med-hi, as well as a toggle beside it for the off and on.

I have been searching for the same unit that you are looking for. My search is going on 3yrs old now and I haven't been able to find anything NIB. Used ones on Ebay yes, but nothing new.

Let me know if you find anything, as I would like to purchase one as well.
Maybe I'll go with another used one and replace the whole system. I'll def. let you know if I find a new one, but like you said going on 3yrs I highly doubt theres one out there.
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Manufacturers are only required by law to keep parts available for 10 years from originale date of purchase. After that you are on your own. Maybe it's time to speak to our elected officials to change that. Give them something to do besides bankrupting the Nation
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I actually talked with a couple different after market parts manufacturers...I do a lot of business with a local NAPA store...and they told me that the reason for nobody to ever start manufacturing the heater control is because it is too complex and is prone to failure.

It has electric, vacuum, as well as manual controls all packed into a little 8X6X2" space.

Omix-Ada was one of the companies to try, but their reproduction failed miserably. They said that it can't be made of all plastic, cause it breaks too easily, and if they make it out of steel parts, it costs too much to reproduce.
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I wonder if the individual components are available seperatly. On a GM control the blower speed switch and the vacuum switch are available seperatly. I believe our speed switch is made by a company called INDAK it may be available in the afternarket,rther than lookind for entire assembly we could look at replacing the affected components.
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Manufacturers are only required by law to keep parts available for 10 years from originale date of purchase. After that you are on your own. Maybe it's time to speak to our elected officials to change that. Give them something to do besides bankrupting the Nation
Lol good joke. The only thing politicians care about is themselves/getting reelected and trampling the constitution.
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Rock auto lists a replacement blower switch. Made by Standard Motor Products. $45
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:03 PM   #15
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Okay, so reviving this zombie dead thread. I finally got my heater fixed. When the electrician/mechanic was working on it this time he spotted a wire behind the heater unit that the insulation had worn off and it must have been arcing to my switch. Problem solved, heater works just fine now. I still have a clicking noise while driving and I can't tell if it's the sound of electric arcing or if its wires slapping the fire wall, I have heard that noise ever since I bought the Jeep and seems to happen more when I'm accelerating.

Edit: forgot to mention that the burned out unit was replaced with another used unit.
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