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Sean
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1/24/2004
09:47:22

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Thanks to everyone for all their help. I found the resistors,
on the 97 Dakota Sport V8 no AC they are on the fire wall
by the windshield inside the cab. To get to them requires
removal of 3/4 of the dash. The resistor didn't burn out
they had shorted out on each other, causing the blower
motor to act up and eventually burnout. I recommend to
everyone if the blower starts to act up check this. The
blower motor is a nasty thing to get to. Check it when you
have the dash off easy then. Also check to make sure dash
makes goo connection to frame, Dodge used this for a
ground. I my case this may have been caused by corrosion
at this connection. Hopes this saves someone a headache.



Mike Deni
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1/24/2004
09:54:05

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I just had this problem and actually found the answer in the forums at vmag.com. One guy hit it exactly. There's a small 2"x4" panel on the passenger side firewall with a plug in connector. Remove the connector, remove the 2 screws, pop out the panel, that panel is a coil resistor part that you can see that water got in there and evetually corroded and burnt out. Finding these forums and replacing that part saved me a very expensive garage repair bill.



Mike Deni
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1/24/2004
10:03:29

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In addition to my above post, I have a 1993 dakota V8 and that's where the problem was located on mine, very simple, sounds like a harder job on the 97.



Andrew
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1/26/2004
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I have a 96' Dakota, V6 and thanks to these posts I once again have heat during these cold winter months. I had the same problem as everyone else but I have a question: The resistor panel has 7 pins but the harness plug only has 5 connections. The two pins in the left side of the resitor panel either rusted and rotted off or were never used in the first place and clipped off during manufacturing. If I follow the harness down to the first branch point I find a 2-wire plug that is not connected to anything. Does anyone know what this second plug is for? It doesn't look like it was connected to those two missing pins but maybe it was.

Thanks,
Andrew.



Vern
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1/28/2004
08:39:21

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Man, you guys (and this board) are just swell! I read your tips, went out to my '93 Dakota Club Cab/V-8/ with the non-blowing blower.... and there was the problem, just like you guys described.

I took Rob J's tip... clipped and re-connected the burnt wire coil... works like a dream!

Thanks!



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1/29/2004
09:18:09

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FYI for those that have only High Speed blower operation:

A couple months back, my blower would only work on High or Off. I lazily drove like this for a month before getting this info about the resistor pack, I found it was bad of course and called my dealer. They stocked this item, alot of em! Parts Manager advised this problem is all to common and the new resistor packs have more of the black epoxy on them to prevent corrosion longer. The next morning I got in the Dak to find NO highspeed anymore either. It seems driving for a month during cold weather where I was using the heater every day only on High burned up the blower motor.

Lesson learned and since I didn't have time to install the parts myself that day and couldn't drive without defrost or heat had to buck up $200 beans to have the dealer install all the parts at dealer cost.

I am having a garage built first thaw in spring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Summertime is no problem to perform my own maintenance, working on my Dak in a 5ft snowbank or paying someone else to do it sux.

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Ken
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2/01/2004
13:46:50

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This message board is great! I had the same problem with my 2001 quad cab. My blower motor completely quit working. I found after checking the blower motor was ok that the resister pack was bad. I probably saved over a hundred dollars. The part only cost me $9.15. On my model it is under the passenger side dash in the heater/blower box. The hardest part is removeing the electical connector. I suggest you do this after you pull it down it has a tricky lock on it. Just remove the two 5/16 headed screws and it will come down. It was only a dealer part but I bet they have them in stock. I wonder why!!!



jeff
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3/10/2004
19:53:09

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Just where again is that dam resistor on '01 Dakota?



crusaderguy
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3/24/2004
23:42:54

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ya where is that thing at? my ac only blows high and it is really pissing me off. I bought the truck a month ago and 2 days after I bought the truck i started having this problem.
please help with location




ChrisH
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5/17/2004
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Thanks to all. I was looking for a good deal on an AC/Heater Control Panel thinking that it was the cause of my air working only on hi speed. Thankfully I did a search here first. Purchasing a $10 blower fan resistor was much less painful than $200 for an un-needed control panel. You guys made my month.



Jay O
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6/01/2004
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You guys are genius! I had been three days in the HOT TEXAS HEAT looking for the problem with my blower. Bought a blower after checking the fuses. That wasn't it. Took apart my dash board and pulled the control panel, tested the switch. That was good too. Checked the forum tonight after going the WHOLE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WITH NO AC IN HOUSTON, and there this post was. I jumped outta my seat and yelled EUREKA! Popped the hood, pulled the resistor and SHAZAM! You guys are magic! I'll have my AC back by tomorrow morning! Love it. You guys ROCK!

'92 - dakota extended cab - v6

JayO



Bill T
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7/31/2004
12:30:01

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Same story. And same praises for this forum.

Blower motor on my 1992 5.2 Dakota suddenly started running very slowly on my way to work three days ago. Turned it OFF, then the blower wouldn't start at all when I tried to turn it back on.

Bought a new blower motor ($41 at Advance Auto) this morning after checking the fuse (30 amp, #1). Looked at the air plenum, and dreaded having to go in there.

*Fortunately*, I seem to have temporarily mislaid my shop manual. I say "fortunately", because if I had found it, I would've started taking the dash apart. Only the lucky fact that I *couldn't* find the manual caused me to find you guys via Google.

The last two spots on the terminal strip (part of the resistor bank -- uppermost strip, the end closest to the center of the vehicle) were dismally corroded. The terminal strip itself was broken between the last two connectors.

I clipped those two wires and re-inserted them in fresh retainers. Staked & soldered, then re-installed. Total operation was <= 15 minutes.

Tools required: 5/16" nut driver, diagonal wire cutters, needle-nose pliers.

Total cost: $0

Bill <-- happy guy, and once again cool.

Gonna take my air-conditioned Dakota back to the parts store to return the blower motor that I *DIDN'T* need, and (thanks to this forum) *DIDN'T* install.







Greg
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8/20/2004
15:36:41

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Yes!! Just spent 30 min getting the old one out of my 2001 quad. Had to also drop part of the duct work to get to the screw on the inside corner. When you look under the unit simply locate the end of the connector, it has a bunch of wires going to it. There will be the two screws mentioned above on either side of the resistor pack. The stupid thing just looks like a black plastic board. While I had it out I tried my fan (I only had high speed). Small wonder why it fails, it gets hotter than heck. Heading out to get the replacement now.... thanks a billion to all the posts! Great board here.



caulk04
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9/06/2004
12:35:36

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Ok...I've read the post and still can't find the resistor pack in my '02.

Where's it at?



derekwyman
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10/02/2004
12:54:07

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Anyone have a location for the 02's?

Thanks



Don
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10/13/2004
19:26:40

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could anyone tell where I could find the resistor on my 91 dakota and what
it looks like.



terence
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10/16/2004
13:33:48

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it seems a few of us cant find the resister.. im a noob to the fixing of things, but this sounds fun and a good cost saving (im broke!), I have a 1989 and dont know where to look for this unit. is it the box way up under the dash on the passenger side for my model? please help your friendly broke waiter dakota owning friend.

-Terence



Budfan
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10/17/2004
12:11:36

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On the GEN I & II's the resistor is under the hood, passenger side on the fire wall. You'll see a wire harness going to a "connector mounted on the fire wall, it is mounted with 2 screws on either side, this block is a bout inch and a half, by about 3 inches long, the resistor in behind this conector block behind the fire wall



Eric
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11/24/2004
20:45:28

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Thank you all so much. My 93 dodge blower only worked on the high setting, this started in late summer. But today it stopped working all together. Bad timing - first snow of the season in Michigan. I thought I would have to take the entire dash apart to get to the blower switch. But like everyone has said, the problem is the resistor pack under the hood on the fire wall on the passangers side. Very easy fix!



Kevin
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12/03/2004
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On the 2003 Dodge Dakota, the resistor is located at the passengers feet. There are a bundle of 5 wires clipped to the resistor. It is held in by two screws. The resistor cost about $9.00 and took 5 minutes to replace.



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