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Old 08-10-2013, 08:03 PM   #1
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2000 Cherokee, 6 cyl, 4x4. When I dial through the 4 fan settings on the climate control ****, the first 3 settings do nothing, then the 4th setting blows like holy hell (as it should). A/C and Heat work fine, but only on the 4th fan setting. Any ideas? Thank You!
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Your fan resistor has failed, need a new one. $15-$60 depending on where you get it. It's under the glove box, behind a small plastic panel.
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Do you have any idea how I get to it? I dropped the glove box down and didn't see anything that looked like the pictures I found on Google Images. Or is it under the kick plate under the glove box and only accessible by removing panels? The pictures make it looks like a big box with wire coils? Is that true for the 2000 model? Thank You!
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You'll have to remove the glove box to have more room ( i did anyway)

Remove the kick panel, then you'll see the resistor block.

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You'll have to remove the glove box to have more room ( i did anyway)

Remove the kick panel, then you'll see the resistor block.
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Awesome! Found it! The resistor doesn't look burned up, though. Man, it's great when you can fix your own stuff!
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There are three resistor coils and these rarely burn up. They do on occasion corrode and fail but the component that usually "blows" is the thermal diode that fails when the blower motor draws too much current as a result of failing bearings. Condition of the diode can be confirmed with a meter -- there should be no resistance at all across the diode.

If you replace the resistor pack or just the diode and it fails again, it's time to look at the blower motor.

An inexpensive fix if you are so inclined is to replace the diode with one from Radio Shack.
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There are three resistor coils and these rarely burn up. They do on occasion corrode and fail but the component that usually "blows" is the thermal diode that fails when the blower motor draws too much current as a result of failing bearings. Condition of the diode can be confirmed with a meter -- there should be no resistance at all across the diode.

If you replace the resistor pack or just the diode and it fails again, it's time to look at the blower motor.

An inexpensive fix if you are so inclined is to replace the diode with one from Radio Shack.
The 2000 XJ doesn't have a diode in the HVAC blower motor cicuit. See diagram below.

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I ohmed the blower motor resistor block and confirmed that the thermal fuse is an open circuit - thanks. My concern was how to get another one. I'll go to Radio shack.

It's interesting that the circuit diagram above doesn't show the thermal fuse on the resistor block, but it's there.

If the thermal fuse fails again, do you replace the bearings or just the whole blower motor? Is it a bear to get out? Thanks for all the great replys!!!
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A quick look on NAPA's site shows a resistor for about $50 (BR257), and Echlin is a good brand. As said earlier, you may well end up blowing the new resistor, so I typically replace the resistor and blower motor together, but that's up to you.
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I got my last resistor at Amazon:
Dorman 973-021 Blower Motor Resistor for B Series Dodge Van : Amazon.com : Automotive Dorman 973-021 Blower Motor Resistor for B Series Dodge Van : Amazon.com : Automotive
Radio Shack won't have it, but any auto parts store should.

A more likely cause for the problem is rodents, not bearings. If your XJ sits for extended periods, then they will create a nest in the fan or plenum. The resistor depends on moving air to cool the fusible link.

The fan is extracted from the engine side of the firewall. IIRC something was in the way making it more difficult than three screws.
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The fan is extracted from the engine side of the firewall. IIRC something was in the way making it more difficult than three screws.
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I ohmed the blower motor resistor block and confirmed that the thermal fuse is an open circuit - thanks. My concern was how to get another one. I'll go to Radio shack.

It's interesting that the circuit diagram above doesn't show the thermal fuse on the resistor block, but it's there.

If the thermal fuse fails again, do you replace the bearings or just the whole blower motor? Is it a bear to get out? Thanks for all the great replys!!!
The diagram above shows the resistor block for the 1997 thru 2001 XJ.

Below is a diagram that shows the resistor block for pre '97 XJ's. Note that this diagram shows the 'thermal fuse' and the previous diagram does not. If you have a 'thermal fuse' in your 2000 XJ resistor block it's the wrong one for your XJ.

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Hmmm... Perhaps one of those rare cases where providing some incorrect information actually helped clarify a problem?

I take it that the resistor block, as such, rarely causes a problem on the 97+ systems and that the fuse in the PDC provides the only protection for the HVAC blower circuit.
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