I have a 2003 Ford Focus and as many people have described my heater
switch only works on 1 setting. I have tried changing the heater
resister but I am now on my 3rd in 12 mths and even this one has gone
duff too. I am at the end of my tether. Obviously there is an under
lying problem. Any ideas?? Could it be the air-con? There is a really
bad smell of burning just before it gives out. Please help o I wll
have to take out shares in resisters :?
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First, it's nothing to do with the Air Conditioning.
The circuit for the blower is relatively simple. On the fast setting the
fan is straight across the 12V from the battery. On the slower setting a
set of resistors lowers this voltage. A thermal fuse protects these
resistors (stopping them catching fire) and it is this thermal fuse that
Circuit and photographs at:
As the resistors are getting too hot possible causes could be:
i) There is some obstruction in the air flow and/or the pollen filter is
2) Water has entered, via the pollen filter/air intake, and the motor
shaft has become rusty and the motor is binding on its bearings.
3) Duff fan motor.
The pollen/cabin filter cover on the early Focus is on the passenger
side at the bottom of the windscreen (the seal to the windscreen is part
of the cover). To save costs, on some models Ford didn't actually fit a
filter element but the holder is still there as it is also the air
intake to the inside of the car. If no filter is fitted check for any
rubbish that may have entered the air intake.
Be aware that that is not uncommon for an incorrectly fitted cover to
allow (rain) water to fill up the passenger foot well. When I removed
the cover from my Focus pollen filter one of the plastic clips broke :(
I also had to use some rubber sealer on the bit that attaches to the
For motor problems you will have to remove the fan assembly. If the
problem is a rusty shaft, and if you can get to the bearings, a few
drops of oil may be all that is required. Don't use something like WD40!
Use a decent thicker oil engine oil and apply one or two drops, using
the dipstick, to each of the bearings. Make sure that the fan spins
fairly freely before re-installing.
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