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How to Replace Heater Blower Motor with Fan Cage 95-97 Ford Ranger

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  1. step : Testing the Blower Motor (0:57)
    • Turn on the vehicle
    • Run the ventilation system
    • Listen for unusual squealing or groaning sounds
    • Turn off the vehicle
  2. step : Removing the Radiator and Washer Fluid Bottles (1:35)
    • Apply penetrating oil to the two 11mm nuts on the radiator and washer fluid bottles
    • Remove the two 11mm nuts from the radiator and washer fluid bottles
    • Remove the two 10mm nuts from the radiator and washer fluid bottles
    • Pull the radiator and washer fluid bottles aside
  3. step : Removing the Blower Motor (2:20)
    • Disconnect the blower motor wiring harness
    • Pull off the blower motor hose collar
    • Pull off the blower motor hose
    • Loosen the four 8mm bolts from the blower motor
    • Remove the 8mm bolts by hand to avoid dropping them into the engine compartment
    • Push the nearby wiring and hoses aside as you pull out the blower motor
  4. step : Preparing the New Blower Motor Assembly (3:49)
    • Remove the fan wheel retainer from the old blower motor
    • Remove the fan wheel from the old blower motor
    • Put the fan wheel on to the new blower motor
    • Put the new retainer on to the blower motor
  5. step : Installing the New Blower Motor (5:09)
    • Push the nearby wiring and hoses aside
    • Push in the blower motor with the flat part at the bottom
    • Start the top two 8mm bolts by hand
    • Start the lower 8mm bolts by hand
    • Tighten the four 8mm bolts
    • Put the vent tube into place with the rubber collar
    • Connect the vent tube
  6. step : Reinstalling the Radiator and Washer Fluid Bottles (7:20)
    • Push the radiator and washer fluid bottles into place
    • Insert the two 10mm bolts that connect the radiator and washer fluid bottles to the fender
    • Insert the two 11mm bolts at the bottom of the radiator and washer fluid bottles

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Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1A Auto. I want to help you save time and money repairing or maintaining your vehicle. I'm going to use my 20-plus years experience restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this to show you the correct way to install parts from The right parts installed correctly: that's going to save you time and money. Thank you and enjoy the video.

In this video, we're going to show you blower motor replacement on this 1996 Ford Ranger, same as a '93 to '97 Ranger. You want to replace your blower motor if it's making that high-pitch squealing noise or a low groaning noise, as well as sometimes they just quit working. The only tools you'll need are 8, 10 and 11 millimeter sockets with ratchet and extensions.

Inside the truck, turn the key on, and we can turn the ventilation system on. If you listen very carefully, you can hear the fan on low. You can hear the fan working just fine, so this vehicle doesn't need a new fan but we're going to show you how to replace it anyways.

First, we're going to unbolt our radiator and washer fluid jar, and just move it forward to give us some extra room back here. It's four bolts: one there, one there, another one on the side, and then another one down there. With penetrating oil, coat those two nuts down low. Those are 11 millimeter. I'm going to speed it up here as we remove those two, and then the bolts that are up on the fender, or the ones up higher are 10 millimeter and we'll remove those as well. Just pull this up and just push it forward. Here is your blower motor. Here's the connection. Pull back on this tab and then pull your connector out. There's a tube right here that's got a collar, a rubber collar. Pull that at around, and pull the tube off and off down there. I got the 8 millimeter socket with an extension and a ratchet. The first one is probably the most difficult one. If you look straight down you can see it from the top. We'll fast forward as we remove those bolts. One tip is to loosen them most of the way and then once you feel the tension is not so great, reach down with your hands, and pull them out the rest of the way with your fingers. That way, you're less likely to drop them, especially, the lower ones. You don't want to drop them because you could lose them. You have all four out. With that I'm going to pull . there are some harnesses . and push them down, and turn the motor a little bit. Pull the motor out.

Here's the old motor, the original motor, and a new motor from 1A. This motor is the same motor. You can see it's got the same connector, same hole for the vent tube. It comes with a fan wheel separate. This is because this motor fits a few different applications. For this vehicle, what you actually want to do is remove your retainer here, remove this fan wheel, push it onto this motor, and it's not too difficult and then use -- it comes with a new retainer ring. Once you switch this wheel over and you have it on the shaft, take the retainer and put it on there and then use a socket that's about the same size, and push the socket so you push it evenly down, and it clips on. Put that retainer ring on it, and you want to do that because you'll notice how deep or how much this wheel comes up. This replacement wheel is for a different application and it won't work with the Ranger. I'm not going to do that because as you heard in the beginning, this motor is working fine. I don't really believe in replacing something that doesn't need to be replaced. I just want to show you that so you will be comfortable with it.

Get you motor back in. The motor has a flat spot on the housing and it goes down against this tab down here. It also can help to get the motor in by this wire harnesses. Basically, I'm just going to push my motor down in, and you reach down, and try to pull these wiring harnesses beyond the motor. That goes in and I'll make sure I position it correctly. There's a locating tab up here, make sure that goes right there. Then, you have the holes there. I start my two easy screws first. This one is pretty easy to get in. This one is the most difficult. I just kind of reach in, you can see the hole from up here looking straight down. I'll just fast forward while I use my 8 millimeter socket with a ratchet and extension, and tighten those four bolts up. The housing is plastic, so you don't want to over-tighten them because then you'll strip the plastic out and the bolts won't hold very well. When you tighten them, just get them firm. They don't want to be very tight. Take our tube around the connector and in. You can force it into the hole in the motor, and you connect it down from the firewall down there, and reconnect the harness connection. Again, we'll go into light speed here as we put the radiator and windshield washer bottle back in. Again, the two bolts that going to the fender are ten millimeters, the two bolts that are down, the nuts that are down lower are 11 millimeters, tighten those up. Again, don't over-tighten them, nice and firm, and you should be good.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 11mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket
  • 8mm Socket

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