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My Durango (2001 - 4.7L - 122K miles) had the front fan blower quit working. I did once already (a few years ago) replace the fan resistor with the upgraded style. I went to change the resistor and can not get it unplugged.......it looks to have somewhat melted and 2 of the wires had the insulation melted a bit (but no blown fuse). I pulled the fan and replaced that..........mainly since it was little stiff to turn, but it fell off of the bench and broke the squirel cage. I will now be going to get a new plug and connectors so I can fix the plug that goes into the resistor.

Any thoughts and suggestions? Should I look to the switch as a culprit?
 

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Although I started this, I guess I am X3!!

I did change the resistor ($12.00), blower ($75.00) and got the resistor harness ($75.00) installed and all works. I will fell better after a few weeks. My good friend (an electrical engineer for Delphi (GM)) helped me (did most of it) installing the harness. He cut back the wires and soldered in the connections and heat shrunk them. Looks better than new. Anyway, he commented that this is really something that should be a recall issue for Dodge, but since there were no fires or occupant hazard that that would not happen. I am not complaining about my Durango (it has been great), just want to share thoughts and comments.

It was also interesting that the local Dodge dealer commented that they were out of these harnesses and have been "selling them like crazy"! Also, another dealer said that there were 3 upgrades to this harness repair kit and the price went from $19 > $75.
 

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Although I started this, I guess I am X3!!

I did change the resistor ($12.00), blower ($75.00) and got the resistor harness ($75.00) installed and all works. I will fell better after a few weeks. My good friend (an electrical engineer for Delphi (GM)) helped me (did most of it) installing the harness. He cut back the wires and soldered in the connections and heat shrunk them. Looks better than new. Anyway, he commented that this is really something that should be a recall issue for Dodge, but since there were no fires or occupant hazard that that would not happen. I am not complaining about my Durango (it has been great), just want to share thoughts and comments.

It was also interesting that the local Dodge dealer commented that they were out of these harnesses and have been "selling them like crazy"! Also, another dealer said that there were 3 upgrades to this harness repair kit and the price went from $19 > $75.
Wow. Im glad I havent had this happen to mine yet. The only thing I have replaced was the 6.00 resistor.
 

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Make that X4................Replaced the resistor. Didn't see this thread til now after it has burned the 1st one up. Called oreillys and they said it's lifetime warranty.............I said what about the burned up plug. They said sorry call dodge. No dealerships close but autozone shows to carry them so I'm gonna go see.
 

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OK, so I've been putting this off. My MAX High speed on the fan doesn't work. Is this my problem? I'll have to check it out and see if mine is fried.
 

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OK, so I've been putting this off. My MAX High speed on the fan doesn't work. Is this my problem? I'll have to check it out and see if mine is fried.


I would bet so................I bought a new one stuck it in and it didn't work on high then all the sudden it did and started to get hot. I turned the key off and yanked it out before it fried the new one. I stuck the old one back in til I find a new harness and blower motor
 

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I would bet so................I bought a new one stuck it in and it didn't work on high then all the sudden it did and started to get hot. I turned the key off and yanked it out before it fried the new one. I stuck the old one back in til I find a new harness and blower motor
Well that blows goats for quarters.
 

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My problem is different. Runs all speeds except high So never gets full voltage

From a site I will attach I find shorting pins 1 & 2 gives full voltage So I suspect a wiring burn out rather than the resistor pack. It was changed once before


http://www.thegatesofdawn.ca/wordpress/posts/2005/07/19/dakota-fan-problem/

Once I get at it I will report problem/fix
 

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My fix worked

My problem is different. Runs all speeds except high So never gets full voltage

From a site I will attach I find shorting pins 1 & 2 gives full voltage So I suspect a wiring burn out rather than the resistor pack. It was changed once before


http://www.thegatesofdawn.ca/wordpress/posts/2005/07/19/dakota-fan-problem/

Once I get at it I will report problem/fix
I had same issues as others & could not get the harness connection to resistor pack apart in spite of pulling the keeper out. I suspect based on the connections in the air stream that the problem is rust . This is also what I suspect interfered with full voltage across pins 1 &2 So I cutback insulation on the upstream part of the harness , pushed strands apart , inserted a wire of equal size & soldered at both ends . Voila! It nows works at all speeds.
 

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It works!!!

Thanks for the info on changing the resistor. I picked one up at Napa for $13.00. It took about 15 minutes to install (not bad for a girl) and I only dropped my wrench on my face once...LOL!
 
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