Where is the blower motor
my blower motor does not work I can not find it on the1997 dodge dakota
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The second-generation Dakota began development in 1991 and frozen for production in January 1994.
@tim1958 try this from the service manual:
WARNING: ON VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AIRBAGS,DISABLE THE AIRBAG SYSTEM BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY STEERING WHEEL, STEERING COLUMN, OR INSTRUMENT PANEL COMPONENT DIAGNOSIS OR SERVICE. DISCONNECT AND ISOLATE THE BATTERY NEGATIVE (GROUND) CABLE, THEN WAIT TWO MINUTES FOR THE AIRBAG SYSTEM CAPACITOR TO DISCHARGE BEFORE PERFORMING FURTHER DIAGNOSIS OR SERVICE. THIS IS THE ONLY SURE WAY TO DISABLE THE AIRBAG SYSTEM. FAILURE TO TAKE THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS COULD RESULT IN AN ACCIDENTAL AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT AND POSSIBLE PERSONAL INJURY.
The blower motor is located on the passenger side of the vehicle under the dash
(1) Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
(2) Unplug the blower motor wire harness connector (Fig. 3).
(3) Remove the three screws that secure the blower motor and wheel assembly to the HVAC housing.
(4) Rotate and tilt the blower motor unit as needed for clearance to remove the blower motor and wheel from the HVAC housing.
(1) Align and install the blower motor and wheel assembly into the HVAC housing.
(2) Install the three mounting screws and tighten to 2.2 N·m (20 in. lbs.).
(3) Plug in the blower motor wire harness connector.
(4) Connect the battery negative cable."
If you want to change the blower motor resistor you just have to remove the two screws and the wiring harness that connect to it, but you have to loosen the dash enough to tilt it back by about 6 inches to gain access to the resistor. Attached is the part of the service manual that deals with the blower motor and resistor Dakota HVAC and here are the steps for the dash removal Dakota Dash
Here is a short article I found on line. It seems difficult for a novice. I would suggest checking out the video about changing the resistor. If your symptoms are like those talked about in it, I would try changing it. If not I would take it to a good mechanic. I hope this helps. Good luck! To use the link, tap or click on the blue link.
RE: blower motor 1997 dodge dakota
Try an auto parts store or rockauto.com.
Replacing it is a challenge. The entire dash has to be rolled back and the heater plenum removed. You'll have to discharge the a/c and drain the cooling system.
Be sure it really is the motor before you tackle this and if you do, replace the heater core while you're in there. It's cheap insurance.
The blower motor is located on the front passenger side below the glove compartment. You need to remove the glove compartment from the vehicle for easier access. Once removed, you will see the blower right in front of you. There should only be 3 screws holding it in place. From there, just remove it and number and wires you disconnect. Its a good rule of thumb, to replace the blower resistor and harness at the same time. If you replace just the resistor and not the harness, you likely to short out the resistor you just installed. I have an 2004 Dakota with 97k . I replaced the motor, blower resistor and harness. I haven’t had a problem since. When working on any specific part, its a good idea to replace other parts that connect to it to make it work. That way you don’t have any more problems down the line with the same part. I know sometimes, having the money to cover all the parts is difficult. So shop around for the parts. Rockauto.com, autozone, advanced auto parts, napa, o’reily or the dealer. I hope this helped you. I’m not a mechanic. I just know what works for me, and I try to help others with a related situation.
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