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Old 09-11-2018, 04:37 PM
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What did you do to / for your E53 today??

I was saying tongue in check because he had mentioned the porcupine was still covered.


80% chance it's just the brushes, 15% it's the commutator. Does anybody have a refurbish kit like the $20 kit for the valeo alternator?
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Old 09-11-2018, 04:44 PM
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I was saying tongue in check because he had mentioned the porcupine was still covered.


80% chance it's just the brushes, 15% it's the commutator. Does anybody have a refurbish kit like the $20 kit for the valeo alternator?
Fixing it is not the issue - getting at it is..
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Old 09-11-2018, 05:01 PM
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Oh yes that is the annoyance for sure


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Oh yes that is the annoyance for sure
An annoyance... ?

Takes a bit to get you annoyed, does it Andrew?



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Takes a bit to get you annoyed, does it Andrew?



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yeah that job cost my insurance company quite the penny when mine went out.. (extended warranty) i wanna say it was 2000+ which was about 10 hours labor. and 300 for the blower
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An annoyance... ?

Takes a bit to get you annoyed, does it Andrew?

I've got a little more patience than most. Yeah it's a "full time job" to replace that blower but I've seen detailed step by step it's not outside the DIY just quite annoying.
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Dealer quoted $1650. Since I just had to do the upstairs A/C for the CEO's castle, my personal transportation can wait a bit. In the meantime, I'm going to throw in another FSU just in case, because the initial symptom was the blower not changing speed at all. The next day it stopped blowing after about 20 minutes, the next day it took fifteen minutes for it to start, and then the fourth day and since it hasn't started at all. So I'm not 100% convinced it's the motor.


And that dash removal looks tedious, a full day's work without prior experience I'm sure. Believe it or not, I'm most concerned about the cloth covering coming off the A pillar trim more than anything and not being able to get it back on smoothly. It's already come loose at the base from the sun.


I do love seeing the structural reinforcements behind the dash and console though.


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I did this on the 4.8is recently.. Just repeatedly kept telling myself the person who designed this is insane!

I took out the center console too... Only lost 1 screw
I swear just like E39 Thrust arms... NEVER AGAIN.

This is so much easier to get to in the E39, maybe easier in the E53 to get the blower motor cover off given the extra space.
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