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Old 12-18-2012, 10:45 PM   #1
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is a 2003 318i australian model an E46? blower fan dead

My Blower fan just stopped working all of a sudden. I have a 2003 318i australian model, is this an E46? All the dash lights are on for the climate control, the lines go up as I press the button to increase the fan pressure but no fan works at all. The a/c light comes on and I think I can hear the compressor kick in but still no fan. I have checked all 3 fuses (behind the flap in the glove box on the left hand passenger side and they are all OK. I have searched the web for days and I am guessing it's the fan or the final stage resistor (FSR) by the research. Do I pull the glove box out on the Left passenger side of the vehicle or under the dash on the right driver's side of the vehicle? Is there a way of checking something or testing something first? Also, if I need a new FSR, where do you recommend I buy one from and what model do I search for or part number and how much roughly should I pay? Thanks heaps in advance if you can help me out.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:27 PM   #2
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99% sure its your fsr same happened to me.
This is what i purchased works wonderfully.

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Old 12-19-2012, 04:14 AM   #3
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most likely the fsr man.. I did it on mine a few years ago, it's on the right hand side (drivers side for us aussies). It was a total PITA to do as you're in the most uncomfortable spot under the steering wheel!

If you let me know the last 6 of your VIN number I can get the correct part number for you. I think it's the same part for all e46's afaik

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Old 12-19-2012, 06:33 AM   #4
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Definitely your FSR. I am not sure if it is located in the same place on RHD cars. If it is, then it's next to your left leg while driving. If it is a mirror of the LHD version, then it's under your glovebox and to the right. It's a bitch to get to. Your back is going to cramp up. Enjoy.

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Old 12-19-2012, 06:49 AM   #5
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99% sure its your fsr same happened to me.
This is what i purchased works wonderfully.
That **** is such a PITA to replace.

Enjoy yourself, OP.

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