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Nissan Pathfinder Blower Motor Resister

Q. Hello Vincent: I own a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder with about 63,000 miles on it. The blower motor has recently started acting up and works only on the highest setting. The first three settings don't work, i.e. the blower does not blow air. The fourth setting is fine. I've checked the fuses and they look fine. I've looked on the web and I see articles eluding to a problem with a blower motor resistor on the Pathfinder but I thought I'd ask the expert.

Nissan Pathfinder Blower Motor Resister

I am a pretty good do-it-yourselfer when it comes to home renovations but am kind of weak in car maintenance skills. I've done simple things like change the oil and replace the spark plugs and their wires, but wouldn't know where to start in troubleshooting this.

Having said that I am not afraid to try anything that will put tools in my hand and I hope this is something that I can handle on my own!! I have a pretty good complement of tools, wrench/socket sets, volt/ohm meter, air compressor and I even own an impact wrench, so that's not an issue.

My questions to you are the following:

  1. What do you think my problem is?
  2. If it is the blower motor resistor, where is it located, how do I get to it and what does it look like?
  3. In any case, can I fix it? and if yes, how do I fix it?

Thanks in advance for helping me with this. I'm looking forward to using those tools!!

A. I'm sorry to disappoint you, but the only tool you'll need to fix this is a #2 phillips screwdriver. You are correct in that the problem is the blower motor resistor.

Nissan Pathfinder Blower Motor Resister

The blower motor resistor is just below the blower motor. It has a four pin white connector and two #2 phillips screws holding it in. Unplug it, remove the two screws, remove the old one and pop in a new one. Takes 10 minutes, 20 minutes tops to do.

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