Fan/Dash vibrates in my 95 Camry

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Old 10 May 2005, 04:27 pm   #1 (permalink)
Rob MacMahon
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Default Fan/Dash vibrates in my 95 Camry

Oddest thing. I started up the car today and drove into work no noise.
Then on the way home. I picked up my kid, started the car and it was
like somebody had turned on a palm sander in my dash. I turned it down
one notch and it was quieter. So I turned it on full....WOW! It was
like a giant vibrator. I checked a few vents and took off the cowling
under the passenger side dash and there is the motor for the fans. If
I unplug it, its silent ( heheh).

Can anyone offer any suggestions?
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Old 10 May 2005, 06:50 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Fan/Dash vibrates in my 95 Camry

sounds like you have some debris in the fan motor. It's no big deal, really.
If you look under the glovebox you'll see it, it points up and you can see
the bottom of it. There is a plug in the middle, and it's held onto its box
by three screws. Undo that and it should fall down.

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Old 10 May 2005, 09:22 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Fan/Dash vibrates in my 95 Camry

On Tue, 10 May 2005 23:50:35 +0000, Qslim wrote:

> sounds like you have some debris in the fan motor. It's no big deal, really.
> If you look under the glovebox you'll see it, it points up and you can see
> the bottom of it. There is a plug in the middle, and it's held onto its box
> by three screws. Undo that and it should fall down.



I don't know about the '95 Camry, but all the fan motors I have removed
have been a PITA!!!! They certainly didn't 'just fall down'! I got so
frustrated with my Celica I was beginning to think either cutting a hole
or bashing a big dent in the floor, OR just removing the whole dash would
be easier!!!

And the other thing to check ,while you're there is the condition of the
brushes in the motor. This is a good sign they are on the way out, that
and being 10 years old. If you can do it, or know someone who can work on
an electric motor, do it! The brushes cost $3.50 at any hardware store,
and will take all of 1 hour or less to replace. (note: they are generally
NOT as quiet as replacing the motor. Not loud, just not quiet...)

This route sure beats $50-65 aftermarket or $90-140 from Toyota!!!

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Old 10 May 2005, 10:31 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Fan/Dash vibrates in my 95 Camry

I agree with Hachiroku's comments -- working on the blower fan is not my
favorite task!

Obvious advice:

I have had problems with the squirrel cage losing its shape/stability around
where it mates with the motor shaft. Over time, it "travels" down the shaft
and starts to rub (and eventually bang) against the housing edge near the
motor screws. This is noisy and has always started to happen for no
apparent reason.

Whenever I have taken a motor out, there is some type of organic suprise
sitting in the squirrel cage (like leaves, twigs, etc.)

Could also be loose screws holding the motor in, worn components in the
motor itself. Probably going to have to pull the motor, clean out any crap,
inspect, and run it "bare" just to eliminate the obvious possibilities.

I was lucky enough to get a hold of a real OEM replacement motor and cage
the last time and I have to say that the OEM motor quality is worlds better
than a reman jobby.

Good luck!

TJ

"Rob MacMahon" <macmahon@together.net> wrote in message
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> Oddest thing. I started up the car today and drove into work no noise.
> Then on the way home. I picked up my kid, started the car and it was
> like somebody had turned on a palm sander in my dash. I turned it down
> one notch and it was quieter. So I turned it on full....WOW! It was
> like a giant vibrator. I checked a few vents and took off the cowling
> under the passenger side dash and there is the motor for the fans. If
> I unplug it, its silent ( heheh).
>
> Can anyone offer any suggestions?



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Old 11 May 2005, 05:59 pm   #5 (permalink)
Rob MacMahon
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Default Re: Fan/Dash vibrates in my 95 Camry

Hehehe

Well turns out it was a dead mouse.
ew....


R.



On Tue, 10 May 2005 20:31:55 -0700, "Tim J."
<tjohnston@tigardflorist.com> wrote:

>I agree with Hachiroku's comments -- working on the blower fan is not my
>favorite task!
>
>Obvious advice:
>
>I have had problems with the squirrel cage losing its shape/stability around
>where it mates with the motor shaft. Over time, it "travels" down the shaft
>and starts to rub (and eventually bang) against the housing edge near the
>motor screws. This is noisy and has always started to happen for no
>apparent reason.
>
>Whenever I have taken a motor out, there is some type of organic suprise
>sitting in the squirrel cage (like leaves, twigs, etc.)
>
>Could also be loose screws holding the motor in, worn components in the
>motor itself. Probably going to have to pull the motor, clean out any crap,
>inspect, and run it "bare" just to eliminate the obvious possibilities.
>
>I was lucky enough to get a hold of a real OEM replacement motor and cage
>the last time and I have to say that the OEM motor quality is worlds better
>than a reman jobby.
>
>Good luck!
>
>TJ
>
>"Rob MacMahon" <macmahon@together.net> wrote in message
>news:cj9281p4ll7sdm7ppj7n02kf1037q5vu96@4ax.com.. .
>> Oddest thing. I started up the car today and drove into work no noise.
>> Then on the way home. I picked up my kid, started the car and it was
>> like somebody had turned on a palm sander in my dash. I turned it down
>> one notch and it was quieter. So I turned it on full....WOW! It was
>> like a giant vibrator. I checked a few vents and took off the cowling
>> under the passenger side dash and there is the motor for the fans. If
>> I unplug it, its silent ( heheh).
>>
>> Can anyone offer any suggestions?

>


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Old 11 May 2005, 11:13 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Wed, 11 May 2005 18:59:49 -0400, Rob MacMahon wrote:

> Hehehe
>
> Well turns out it was a dead mouse.
> ew....
>
>
> R.


Yeah, I just didn't want to say it...

I bought a Corolla for parts for my GTS and yanked the blower since they
do go bad more than anything else on a Toy and there was a nice little
skeleton in there...that was my next Best Guess...


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>
>
> On Tue, 10 May 2005 20:31:55 -0700, "Tim J."
> <tjohnston@tigardflorist.com> wrote:
>
>>I agree with Hachiroku's comments -- working on the blower fan is not my
>>favorite task!
>>
>>Obvious advice:
>>
>>I have had problems with the squirrel cage losing its shape/stability around
>>where it mates with the motor shaft. Over time, it "travels" down the shaft
>>and starts to rub (and eventually bang) against the housing edge near the
>>motor screws. This is noisy and has always started to happen for no
>>apparent reason.
>>
>>Whenever I have taken a motor out, there is some type of organic suprise
>>sitting in the squirrel cage (like leaves, twigs, etc.)
>>
>>Could also be loose screws holding the motor in, worn components in the
>>motor itself. Probably going to have to pull the motor, clean out any crap,
>>inspect, and run it "bare" just to eliminate the obvious possibilities.
>>
>>I was lucky enough to get a hold of a real OEM replacement motor and cage
>>the last time and I have to say that the OEM motor quality is worlds better
>>than a reman jobby.
>>
>>Good luck!
>>
>>TJ
>>
>>"Rob MacMahon" <macmahon@together.net> wrote in message
>>news:cj9281p4ll7sdm7ppj7n02kf1037q5vu96@4ax.com. ..
>>> Oddest thing. I started up the car today and drove into work no noise.
>>> Then on the way home. I picked up my kid, started the car and it was
>>> like somebody had turned on a palm sander in my dash. I turned it down
>>> one notch and it was quieter. So I turned it on full....WOW! It was
>>> like a giant vibrator. I checked a few vents and took off the cowling
>>> under the passenger side dash and there is the motor for the fans. If
>>> I unplug it, its silent ( heheh).
>>>
>>> Can anyone offer any suggestions?

>>


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