What can be wrong with my VW Golf Heater??How can I fix it?


I have a UK VW Golf (97ish?) and the fan for the heater has stopped working. It can be intermittant and sometimes starts again,but the last time was about 3 weeks ago.

There is heat still from the dash,just the fan doesn’t work.What can this be and how easy is it for me to repair?

When it did work last, it smelt of burning, this is the case for the last few times the fan did work. Is it a circuit short? Fuse? Or whole fan problem?

Any ideas and instructions on how to fix would be appriciated…..

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7 Responses to What can be wrong with my VW Golf Heater??How can I fix it?

  1. Huge

    I suggest you buy a secondhand one from a car breaker and get the faulty one replaced. Not an easy job though

  2. Normefoo

    By your description your blower motor is bad buy a new one.You might want to check the fuse for the motor if it is blown you have a short, if not most likely it is the motor

  3. Garacaius

    You should check the blower motor fuse. From what you describe the blower motor has probably burnt out. You need to replace the motor and the resistor pack. ( themotorbookstore.com ) sells manuals that will show how to replace the motor and resistor pack. You can also search “vw golf blower motor” on google and get parts availability, manuals, if you search some a little bit of advice. I am not familiar with the specifics on your vehicle, hopefully others are. To replace a blower motor is usally a big job labor wise, so I would recommend buying new parts and replacing the resistor pack. I have a nephew who goes to the salvage yard for about everything and he is always complaining because often he has to do the job two and three times. I really don’t like fixing cars for fun anymore. Good Luck.

  4. vico1210

    replace fan…usually last only 5 years ….you must dismount the dashboard completely….check for dealers advices..

  5. paul20yorkshire

    its probably the resistor if the heat is coming through that rules out the heater matrix and the flow valve.it sounds like it is definitely an electrical problem.

  6. rightasrain

    I can only go by cars in general and they are basically the same. I got a VW rabbit(84) and can tell you how to do it seperate mail item. You can do it yourself if you have some simple tools.

  7. vankstwer

    Sounds like typical vw problems with the electrical to me. Ive seen this many of times. Check and or test your blower motor relay thats near the fire wall. sometimes they can get water on them and short out like you are describing. Thats whats causing the intermittent problem. Iam sure the fan is ok. If you go to advance auto parts and ask for a blower motor relay they can actually give you a picture of what it looks like so you probably can locate it and fix it yourself. I hope this helps.

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