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Hello Kia folks, new member here but not new to online car forums.

My girlfriend has a 2001 Kia Spectra. Recently, her A/C stopped working, just in time for the South Carolina summer.

The local shop told her that the blower motor resistor was bad and quoted her $200+change to replace it. After seeing the part, I can't imagine that it would be too difficult to replace.

I just need some guidance in locating a replacement part for a reasonable price and maybe some quick tips for the install?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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first question - does the blower work on any speed? If it works ONLY on the highest - than more than likely the blower motor resistor is faulty.
Replacement (depending on the car/design) is easy, or easy but time consuming.
It is located nearby the blower itself. Blower is probably under the glove compartment.
Remove 3-5 screws, disconnect, remove, put a new one, connect, tighten screws and you are done.
The resistor costs from 20-50.

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PLP, thanks for the response.

The blower doesn't work on any speed. When the A/C is turned on, you can hear the compressor power up, but the fan doesn't blow at all.

Like I said, the local shop told her it was the resistor, they even removed the old one for her. I just can't see spending over $200.00 in parts and labor for a part that appears to be "plug and play".

Any suggestions on where to purchase the replacement?

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if the blower doesn't work at all, it's not the resistor. if the resistor was bad, it would only work on high and maybe 1 or two speeds. sounds like they were taking you for a ride. i think it sounds like you need to get a second opinion and have someone who knows what they're doing with a multimeter to check it out.

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If so, I know it may sound stupid, but did you check fuses?

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