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<FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=black size=3>Durango, 2001, Blower switch only works on the High Position. Wife getting irritated I haven't fixed it yet. Sounds like a switch swap.</FONT></P>
<FONT face=Arial size=3>How to best pry off face so I can get at the switch? Any suggestions please...</FONT></P>
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Do not pry off the face! You have a faulty blower motor resistor assembly. The part number is 04885635ab If you look on the bottom of the motor housing on the passenger side (about where the passenger toes would point) you will see a wire harness that is a long oval in shape and has 5 or 6 wires in it. You will need a 7 or 8mm 1/4 inch drive socket with a u-joint attachment. on the firewall side of the connector, there is a sliding lock that keeps the connector on the plug. you will have to slide the lock toward the drivers side and the squeeze a small blak tab to pull the connector off of the plug. Once the connector is off, use the socket to remove the 2 screws. It will drop right down once the screws are removed. Once it is removed, it looks like a 2 inch by 3 inch by 16th of an inch thick piece of metal with a plug on it. The resistor pack dissipates ALOT of heat so do not take it out until the truck has been off for 30 minutes or so. I priced the part at a dealership in Colorado 2 days ago for $12.77 YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE THE FACE OR DASH OFF! LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES AND GOOD LUCK. LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS AND DOUBLE CHECK THE PART NUMBER BEFORE YOU PURCHASE AS YOU MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT REVISION.----ERIC<IMG src=smileys/smiley1.gif border="0"></P>
<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>Eric,</FONT></P>
<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Many thanks for your input!<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I too have just discovered the same problem with the heater in my 2001 <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1lace>Durango</st1lace></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After reading your input it was now a piece of cake to fix and especially to find <U>where</U> the component was hidden.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"></SPAN>Sure enough the blower motor resistor assembly was cooked. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"></SPAN>Having very low mileage (23K) on the vehicle, this was not something I had expected.</FONT></FONT></P>
<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>Thanks again,</FONT></P>
<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>Ron</FONT></P>
Spot on instructions!!! I've had my 2001 Durango for several years and thought the 2 lower blower speeds were just really weak. Yesterday the 3rd speed went out-only had high left. Saw this post, just put in the resistor (12$), and all is working well...
Excellent information. Mine just went out this morning on my way to drop family off at the airport. Only the High position works. I was already looking at how to get the face cover off and searching the net for a replacement switch. Best info I've got on this site yet. Thanks again and Happy New Year to all.
Ok, called the dealer this morning and asked for part# 04885635ab, he informed me that it had been replaced by part# 05174618AA. He warned me that it wouldn't look anything like what I have but it is "new and improved". I went and picked it up at lunch, installed it tonight and everything works perfect. ericruyle, thanks again for the info I was glad to find out I didn't have to take the dash apart and replace the switch.
Yup. I had the same problem awhile back. Fortunately, someone from this forum gave me the same advice. I fixed the problem in 10 minutes. The old part was some cheesy half baked piece of crap with "Made in Mexico" stamped all over it, the new one looks like it will last. Hopefully!