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: How to replace blower resistor: 2001 T+C



interstition
06-25-2005, 12:22 PM
In my 2001 Town and Country without automatic temperature control, my heater/AC blower suddenly worked only when set on high. Usually, that problem is your blower resistor pack.

I had to search for the one in my van since the parts man wasnít sure where it was except that he thought it was in the dash somewhere. (In some other vans it was under the hood.) My Haynes manual didnít have anything on it except a picture showing it with the blower. I found it directly behind the glove compartment. Very easy to get to once you know where it is.

The glove box can be lowered all the way out of the way just by pulling in the sides so the rubber stoppers come out toward you. The sides bend easily to allow that.

The glove box being out reveals the resistor in the heating duct right in front of you. Just remove the two sets of wires and two bolts (10mm socket, I think) and the resistor pack slides right out. Then bolt in the new one an plug the wires back in (they only fit in one way). Fold the glove box back up and press the stops in to get them back in place and you are done.

The resistor pack only cost $12 and change at my dealer. It is part number 1-04885583AB which was a replacement for the same number with AA at the end, so Iím guessing they had a lot of trouble with the AAs and so made a better AB.

Last Winter my heater blower fan worked only on High. I changed the front heater/AC blower resistor pack and was surprised at how easy it is, but I had to figure it out for myself since my Dealer's parts guy was no help as to where the part lived and my Haynes manual was just plain wrong. This was on a 2001 T+C. I'd be very surprised if the 2001 Caravan was any different. Don't know what other year vans would be the same. I do know some earlier generations had this resistor under the hood and Haynes had is with the blower sort of behind the instrument cluster.

I have pictures to go with this text, but the Word doc I made was too big to upload here. Contact me if you want it. I Hope this helps someone else. Good luck with your van, Andy.

DSMLVR
06-25-2005, 01:07 PM
Great posting Andy. Thanks for the writeup.

krut77
12-23-2006, 04:55 PM
ive had to replace mine twice. I am told its because the cabin filter (next to the blower, under glove box) causes the resistor to overheat when it becomes clogged with dirt

vipergg
12-24-2006, 08:18 AM
ive had to replace mine twice. I am told its because the cabin filter (next to the blower, under glove box) causes the resistor to overheat when it becomes clogged with dirt
Ah yes another quality engineering job if thats causing blower resistor failures . Another thing do we actually need cabin filtration unless you have severe allergies ? This should be a speciall order item . Lets see we made do for like 80 years without them , just another maintenance item that a lot of people will never have done and it will just sit in their all clogged up and the filter makers can screw you over because the filters are like $20 but they are no bigger than a engine air filter which costs $5 .

DeanM
05-21-2007, 02:37 PM
Andy, if it isn't too much trouble at this point, could you please forward to me the pictures that you took. Thanks.

Dean
dmeierd2@nycap.rr.com

DSMLVR
05-22-2007, 08:34 AM
Ah yes another quality engineering job if thats causing blower resistor failures

Which I doubt caused the problem.

bowen
05-22-2007, 08:45 AM
Ah yes another quality engineering job if thats causing blower resistor failures . Another thing do we actually need cabin filtration unless you have severe allergies ? Lets see we made do for like 80 years without them , just another maintenance item that a lot of people will never have done and it will just sit in their all clogged up and the filter makers can screw you over because the filters are like $20 but they are no bigger than a engine air filter which costs $5 .
Just take YOURS out and trash it.:ThumbsUp:
I wish mine had one to replace.:biggrin:

MBCT
06-01-2007, 09:39 PM
<sigh> I had to replace the blower resistor in my daughter's 2003 Sebring. I was expecting parts less than $20 like everyone says. $43 for the resistor and I had to modify the blower box as the new part was not flat enough to fit the original slot. That car is expensive to maintain and the insurance is higher than on the wife's new CR-V.

mcourtney97
12-06-2007, 06:03 PM
Hey Hey-It worked. Part #4885583-AB Resistor (8035022) Cost Pre Tax $18.26 in Plant City, FL.
I now have all my speeds back on my Air Conditioner Blower.
All you have to do is lower the glove box,there are little wheels on each side that have to be squeezed inward, then the whole box drops down, and Wahoo!
You'll see the wires all coming together at the AB Resistor.
Just disconnect the harness and loosen two screws.
This was a 2002 Chrysler Voyager MiniVan.
2nd Time this year your site has saved me from the repair shop.
Thankyou!! :biggrin:

DSMLVR
12-07-2007, 09:22 AM
Glad that you are back up to specs. Thanks for posting YOUR fix also.

jmelcher
12-17-2007, 11:31 PM
Thanks to all who posted on this. $17 for a new resistor pack and 10 minutes of labor fixed my problem!

Minivan Lover
12-18-2007, 03:48 PM
Took mine out in 5 minutes (all you need is the correct nut driver) and drove to the dealer a few miles from my house. Had a print out of the part number from an above post, gave him $17 plus change and installed it in their parking lot in about 3 minutes. Plugged in the two plugs and tested it AOK!
I did notice that it's a newer type made in Slovenia.:lol:
thanks for the help

jypagan
12-31-2007, 10:07 PM
Hi, New here. Great info by the way. My 01 Caravan the a/c was stuck on hi after reading the post here went to the local dodge bought a new resistor $20.87 w/tax installed at the parking lot and works now at every speed. I was concern about the way the replacement looked but the guy triple check the new p/n the gave me is 68029175AA (made in Slovenia) look different from the oem but its working like a champ. Great, GREAT Foum Thanks

GarnerDenver
01-01-2008, 01:54 PM
I just did this fix yesterday. The part from Chrysler was $17.

The parts man (Big Bob!) noted that there was a service bulletin on the part: Since it is a beefier resistor, some people are having trouble... the harnesses snapped in but the resistor wouldn't fit back in its hole. The bulletin says the fix is to simply file the hole to let the part fit.

DSMLVR
01-02-2008, 07:58 AM
Welcome to the Forum GarnerDenver.

Thanks for the tip: The bulletin says the fix is to simply file the hole to let the part fit.

n8mobiles
01-02-2008, 01:23 PM
Thanks to the great posts, swapped mine out $19 and it works fine, I got a different part number, it looks very different than the original, and stamped into the plastic are the words "DO NOT REPAIR". For those doing the radio shack fix, I would reccomend spending the $19 you may save $15 but between the time and the fire risk, not worth it. Besides, you have to give the guy at radio shack your lifes history to buy a battery, so just get the new NEW part. 2001 Voyager.

lyehudgins
01-03-2008, 09:41 PM
Does anyone know were the resistor is on a 2003 T&C. My front air only works on high so it sounds like this is the problem.

:help_wsig

sblack
01-07-2008, 08:03 PM
lyehudgins: Mine's 2002 but most recent models seem to be located behind the glove box. Open the glove box, squeeze the side panels inward at the rear until tabs/rollers are disengaged, then lower the door to the floor. You should see the resistor block bolted to the back wall with two plugs connected to it. More details are earlier in this thread.

sblack
01-07-2008, 08:12 PM
I just received my replacement part from an online order and was surprised to find that the plug configuration does not match. (2-prong is fine, 4-prong replaced by 3 pairs.) My new part is 68029175AA and it does look very different, especially having no heat sink. However, it seems to fit just fine, except that I can't plug into it!

Any suggestions here? :help_wsig

(2002 GC w/3.8L, btw)

sblack
01-08-2008, 04:14 PM
Ah. This resistor is for vehicles w/o Automatic Temp. Control. Which, of course, my vehicle is with. Unfortunately that wasn't a question asked during my order.

The correct part number for ATC is 4885482AC: $57.01 at moparusa.net.

Fully Equipped - it's a beautiful thing! :rolleyes:

buckeyeboy
01-16-2008, 11:10 AM
On my 3rd resistor in 18 months. The new NAPA part (lost faith in the OEM part) is completely different looking. The old part has several wires coiled around like heating elements in a toaster. It looked crude compared to the new part. New part has no coils. Just electronics. Hopefully it doesn't need to disperse heat like the previous generation part and last longer than a year.

andrew
01-22-2008, 09:44 PM
I have a 02 Caravan with regular heating/AC.....no automatic control.
The resistor block is gone in mine too.....hi-speed fan ONLY.
Tell me, does the new replacement have a metal perforated cover over it....kinda looks like a vegetable strainer mesh???

Gasman1979
01-28-2008, 12:05 AM
I agree with the cabin air filter BULL...I havent trashed the one on my 08 yet but when it comes time to replace it I'll prob. pull it out and "forget" to put one back in !!!!

jimU
01-31-2008, 08:35 PM
Great site! I've been lurking for about the past year but had not bothered to register.

Yesterday, my blower went to high speed only on my 2002 T&C with Climate control HVAC at 77K miles. Thanks to this posting I was able to easily repair it.

Fort Worth dealer price for the blower module: $49.12
O'Reilly Auto Parts (P/N 3038) for the cabin filter: $19.99

Thanks again,

Jim
Fort Worth

chris81964
02-08-2008, 12:10 PM
Great job can someone email me pictures?

chris81964
02-11-2008, 10:29 PM
Chrysler has changed the part number. The parts guy at the dealer say it has been changed twice. The new part is made in slovenia and it looks like an electronic component. The older one looked like a cheese grater with little heater coils in it. The new one does not. Put it in in less than 5 minutes. The new part number is 68029175AA

nooma
02-26-2008, 09:29 AM
Andy could you please send me the pictures on how to change out the resistor.
kcopeland@smchcn.net

Goaler
02-26-2008, 12:08 PM
Andy could you please send me the pictures on how to change out the resistor.
kcopeland@smchcn.net

Nooma , you got mail.... hope this helps.
Goaler

JamesC
03-04-2008, 09:27 PM
If you could send me pic too, that would be awesome. I am not paying $150 to do this fix!

Thanks man.

JamesC
03-04-2008, 10:01 PM
I dropped the glove box and popped out a couple of screws just now and pulled out what looked to me a little like a heat sink---metallic ridges. Is this the resitor? If so, dang that was easy. Someone let me know if I'm on track please.

jimtibbs
04-24-2008, 09:31 AM
Hi I would be really gratefull if you could e mail me with the Docs with pictures. Having a little trouble locating resistor on my 2001 Caravan.

Jim

JCamasto
04-24-2008, 01:47 PM
Open the glovebox door. Press the door's sides inward, so the bump stops can clear the opening. Let the door droops toward the floor and...

Whoop! There it its... big connector and two screws

-Jim

packerduf
06-29-2008, 02:20 PM
Thanks to all for helping me through my blower motor problem. My blower only worked on high, and when climate control system was shut off, the blower motor would continue to blow. For my 2003 T&C Limited, I replaced module with MOPAR part # 1-04885482AC (about $83 after tax from dealer). It took me about 5 minutes to drop the glove box and replace the part. Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!

benchwarmer
12-17-2008, 08:24 PM
I have a 2001 t&c and when I turn the a/c power switch off the heater comes on, but when you turn on the power switch the a/c will come on and the blower only blows one speed on both heater and a/c. Can any one give me an idea what the problem may be? Is there any way to test the blower resistor before replacing it? Thanks.....

butkun
12-31-2008, 03:48 PM
andy

could you please send me the picture (butkun@aol.com) to replace the blower resistor on my 2002 chrysler minivan. you talk about the glove box is it the glove box on the dash or the glove box under the passager seat
thanks butkun

jazztrumpet216
12-31-2008, 04:11 PM
andy

could you please send me the picture (butkun@aol.com) to replace the blower resistor on my 2002 chrysler minivan. you talk about the glove box is it the glove box on the dash or the glove box under the passager seat
thanks butkun

It's the glove box on the dash. Just bend the sides of the glove box in until the rubber stoppers on either side of the box clear the dash (very easy to do) and let the glove box drop toward the floor. Your resistor will look like a large wiring harness screwed into the dash. Remove the screws and remove the resistor. Plug the new one in and reverse the steps above.

Thor
02-12-2009, 10:01 PM
Just replaced the Blower Control Module on our '02. $79 at the dealer. Took longer to go get the part than to install. Two screws, two plugs, DONE!
Thanks for all the input. It's amazing what a great resource this forum is!:beerchug:

morgann
02-13-2009, 04:23 PM
You US based Guys seem to have it easy (or low cost)
Here in the UK the Chrysler main dealer quoted me £133.00 GBP for the part., never mind any fitting which would be extra. Its not difficult to work out that £133 is a lot of US Dollars. Needless to say it was not my starting position. The resistor pack gets hot in operation and to stop it from melting or setting fire to the car one of its components is a 'temperature fuse'. If the air through the blower is reduced due to blocked filters the Fuse is not properly cooled and blows, cutting power.

The electricty goes through this first and if the whole filter pack get above 128 degress celcius the fuse goes. Then only 'full fan speed' works as this is not wired through the fuse.
In the UK you can buy a 128 degree fuse for £0.69 GBP- now that is more like value for money.
Needless to say , using a soldering iron I fixed my original resitor pack by replacing the fuse and its back in the car. It can be a bit tricky soldering in an part designed to blow if it gets hot but its possible and its a very low cost repair

hope this is of interest to anyone

ps
I love this US forum (put us Islanders to shame)

pnad
03-03-2009, 05:25 PM
Is there a test for these things? I'd hate to blow ~$70 at the dealer and not fix the problem.

Thanks

jazztrumpet216
03-03-2009, 05:29 PM
Is there a test for these things? I'd hate to blow ~$70 at the dealer and not fix the problem.

Thanks

If the cabin fan only works on the highest setting, it's the resistor. When the cabin fan is on high, power flow bypasses the resistor because it is operating on full power. Anything less and the power gets routed through the resistor so the fan can run on less power.

I would not blow $70 at the dealer for a resistor, considering this is a commonly failed part on Chryslers and there's a good bet your next resistor will also go bad. Go and get one from an auto parts store that is not a Mopar part. You may need to do a little cutting with a box cutting knife in the plastic housing that the resistor is in, but you'll have a better part and it will likely be cheaper.

ccull
05-24-2009, 11:52 AM
Hi all,

I have a 2003 Caravan, and it was exactly behind the glove box as people mentioned.

Chad

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tuckman
05-26-2009, 07:21 PM
Ok so how about...
The front works fine but the rear only works in high (manual 3 zone), no matter where it is controlled from.
Is there a rear one or what is the issue then?

jehath
08-16-2009, 05:37 PM
The parts houses here did not have the resistor pack in stock, so I went to Radio Shack and bought the thermal fuse for $1.69 and replaced it. Just finished the project, took me an hour, most of that was going to Auto Zone and Advance, gave up on that and went to Radio Shack. The Radio Shack part number is 270-1320.

Patience40
01-13-2010, 01:25 PM
Did you also have a problem with the back blower? Did both front and back run only on high? If so, did the resistor pack you replaced take care of both? Thanks in advance!

Patience40
01-15-2010, 09:51 AM
There is a rear one also, it is located in the rear hvac unit, tho I really don't know just where that is located. Had a buddy look it up on his Mitchell software.

russ1364
05-05-2010, 10:24 AM
Hi My 2003 Grand Voyager has done the same, so I Just rang the dealers for a price £247.85p :lol: yep!!!!! thats for my van with the 3 zone control AC. needless to say I will be looking around!!! It must be cheaper to ship it in from the USA!!

elwaupo
05-07-2010, 08:28 AM
Last January my wife and I planned a trip to see our grand daughter, and one morning we noticed the front blower stopped working. I checked the fuse and fan relay, both were good. I don't know if the resister is the problem but I'll give it a try. Hope it works.

FoeHammer865
06-01-2010, 03:51 PM
I've read this entire thread, but hardly anyone mentions problems with the rear blower as well.

Tuckman and Patience did, but no resolution there.

I have replaced the front blower resistor twice in the last 4-5 months. THat's three different ones. But each time it has gone, the rear blower produces the same symptoms, but gets fixed or seems to get fixed when changing the front one.

Is the rear one as easy to replace and what's the $$cost???

Also, has anyone replaced it and had this work?

Could my blower motor be bad and causing this to blow?

Also WHERE is the cabin filter people are speaking of and how to pull it out?

Thanks
TREVOR

kb24
06-24-2012, 12:36 PM
Ok. So I need to replace the resistor in my 2003 T&C with auto climate control.

But I had a question for people who have already done this repair.

If I replace the resistor with a non-oem resistor (they are $45 on ebay) instead of an oem resistor ($65) will everything still work?

Ive read that the "auto hi/low" feature stops working if you replace with non-oem resistor.

kb24
06-24-2012, 11:20 PM
Anyone?