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5KCS: Tried R/R Blower motor brushes in situ?
BOO! ... well did I scare you?
The '88 5kCSQW has been in need of a C/C blower motor replacement as long
as I've had the car. I have the replacement blower, but I've never sum-
moned the motivation to embark on the procedure. I have been surviving
thanks to a recommendation that I got from the list, which was to push in
the back end of the brush that is accessible when the rubber cooling duct
is removed. Until this past weekend, this fix has brought months of ser-
vice each time it was employed ... my luck has apparently run out. Still
wanting to take the easy way out, I'm trying to convince myself that I
might be able to replace the brush without taking the bloody thing apart.
Here is my reasoning ...
1 - I have been able to make the thing work by messing with this single
brush. The other brush is not accessible, but since it has always
been possible to get the thing working without messing with the other
brush, the other brush may be OK.
2 - I'm thinking that a contributor to the problem is the fact that cold
moist air (if not condensed water) gets blown directly on this brush
most of the time and could cause abnormal wear.
3 - It appears that I can access the mechanism that holds the brush in
through the hole. I may be able to extricate the remnants of the old
brush and replace it.
So, is this simply another sign that I am Audi my mind (TM), or has some-
one else out there tried to take the easy way out? If so, did it work,
and do you have a part number for the brushes by any chance?
Final question ... does anyone happen to have an old blower motor lying
around that you have taken apart to see what the problem was? Was one
brush kaput while the other was serviceable? ... oops! that was two
Thank you ever so much!
San Jose,CA (USA)