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Re: 5000 blower and steak knives

>The blower motor in my 87 5000CST is dead and needs replacing. I remember 
>seeing a description of how to accomplish this easily without a complete 
>disassembly, using a knife to cut the ducting, etc. I couldn't locate the 
>peice in the archives. Can anyone help??

Well I would be the blower motor doctor....  Here's how to do it.....  
Eveyone who has not replaced their blower's should save this....

Okay I think I've got a faster way but it's just a little ugly.... Here's 
how I did it. With this method you only have to raise the blower box up 
about 3 inches, and it can be done in about half an hour. 

Tools required:
2 Flat bladed screwdrivers one short and one of the MONDO varitey.
1 Short Phillips head screwdriver
10mm socket
12 or 13mm socket (I can't remember)
3" and 9" extender bar and Ratchet
Outside Snap ring pilers or Needle Nose Pliers
Some RTV, Silcone or duct tape
1 6" Steak Knife.....  Yes I said 6" steak knife.

Remove wiper blades with the 10mm socket.
Remove the black plastic shield with the Audi Logo on it.
Remove the Heater box Retaining strap with the phillips driver.
Remove the Blower Motor cooling hose.
Remove the Electric plug and Outside Snap ring from the back of the 
blower motor.
Shove the Black Blower duct into the heater box.
Take the steak knife and cut the black blower duct so that it can be 
compressed on itself and slid futher into the blower box duct.
Remove the 2 visable phillips head screws holding the blower duct adapter 
onto the blower housing.
Take the MONDO screwdriver and break the lower screw out of the blower 
Remove the duct adapter.
Take the MONDO Driver and Pry between the Engine bay firewall and the 
blower housing to raise the housing 3".
Push the blower out of the housing through the duct hole. You will have 
to squeeze the fan a bit to get the old one out and the new one in.

Install as they say is the reverse of the removal.  Use the 
RTV/Silicone/Duct Tape to seal the black duck that you cut and the blower 
housing back to the firewall.  That's it.  I did this in Half an Hour by 
myself. (well this weekend I did it to Randal Markanian's V-8 with him 
helping a bit.)


Eric Fletcher
St. Louis, MO