Acura TL Blower Stopped Working: Fix

How to Repair Blower Motor Issue

Time Required: 20 minutes
Tools Required: Phillips screwdriver
Cost to Repair: $45.00

Description of Problem
Last week the blower for the A/C and heater stopped working on my 2003 Acura TL Type-S. The climate control unit will turn on, but you cannot feel the air because the blower will not blow. I tried turning it on Full Auto in both the hot and cold settings, nothing. I turned the fan knob to max and still nothing. When you turn the climate control unit on, you can hear the compressor under the hood turn on. The problem is clearly the blower not turning on.

The Repair
After some online research, I learned that much like the seat heater problem, this too is a common issue for the Acura TL (as well as other Honda and Acura models). A friend had this same issue with his Acura TSX. The solution: Replace the blower resistor.

Disclaimer / Precautions
I am not a mechanic. Follow my advice at your own risk. This repair is easy and cheap- so don’t be scared. Be sure to disconnect the battery, wear safety glasses, put on gloves, tie your shoes, chew with your mouth closed, and any other safety stuff that makes you not sue me.

Let’s begin!

Most of the time, the problem is that the blower resistor needs to be replaced. But first check to make sure the issue is not something else like a blown fuse or corroded connector. The blower fuse is located under the hood (it is close to the firewall on the passenger side for my model). The fuse is labeled “Heater Motor” on the fuse cover.
Acura TL Owner's Manual

If the fuse looks good, move on to the blower inside the car. The blower motor is located below the glove box. Notice the giant yellow arrow pointing to the location.
Acura TL Dashboard

Here you can see the blower motor and the blower motor resistor.
Acura TL AC/Heater Blower

Disconnect the wiring connector from the blower motor to make sure there isn’t any corrosion or connection issues. Sometimes corroded connectors [photo] will cause the failure. These are clean, this is not the problem… On to the blower resistor.
Blower Connector

Follow the wiring harness from the blower motor to the blower motor resistor. It is a white plastic trapezoidal-ish piece that is fastened by two Phillips head screws. Remove the two screws that fasten the blower resistor in place. This will allow you to pull the blower resistor down and disconnect the wires.
Remove Blower Resistor

Gently pull the blower resistor down and disconnect the wiring connector. Here is a close up of the resistor after it has been removed. These connectors look clean too.
AC Heater Blower Resistor Connector

The metal side of the blower resistor had some crud on it. I don’t know if this was any indication of it being broken or not.
Blower Resistor rear view

Replace the blower resistor with a new one. This part can be purchased at most auto parts stores. I paid $41.99 plus tax at AutoZone. To reinstall the part, simply screw the resistor back into place with the two screws. Reconnect all the wiring and test by turning on the climate control fan.
Remove Blower Resistor

It should work perfectly now. If you continue to have issues, you might need to visit your mechanic.

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  • eric

    Hi I’m having this.issue.with my 07 TL would.this.fix be similarfor my car

     
     
     
  • Josh

    For those of you that continue to have issues, check out this forum: http://acurazine.com/forums/problems-fixes-114/

    It is a great resource for investigating and asking additional questions.

     
     
     
  • Eric Chun

    This was indeed the fix for my 2005 Acura TL. I had intermittent issues with the fan in the car. It finally just stopped working. Replaced the part and that fixed it. The location was a little different than the pictures but still was able to figure it out.

    Thanks for posting. Saved my $$$.

     
     
     
  • Shawn

    Just wanted to say thanks I just fixed the same exact problem in my 2004 Tl it took 5 mins I got heat again ?

     
     
     
  • Abbe

    Thanks Josh, that is exactly what my issue was on my 2003 CL. I bought the part and my son climbed in under dash and unscrewed the part for me and I plugged in the new part and lo and behold I have air again! Thanks for the easy trouble shoot and posting of info.
    Great description. Super appreciated.

     
     
     
  • ace

    Can you help me with my 1996 acura tl 2.5 litre . I have the same issue

     
     
     
  • Greg

    This fixed my issues on my 02 acura TL. Saved me a bunch of money. Thanks so much for the walk through.

     
     
     
  • Yevgeny

    Hi Josh,

    Thank you for an excellent description – I found the same problem in my Acura 2000 TL. My question is – how you disconnected the wiring harness for the blower resistor. Is there some kind of latch?

    Thanks

     
     
     
  • pam

    There is no sign of corrosion so chances are not it or should I replace anyway

     
     
     
  • JACQUELINE RIVERS

    Replace last year it fixed it went out again this summer again got a replacement from auto zone it didn’t work. Did I do something wrong. Do I need to reset something

     
     
     
  • William

    Best help I have ever had trying to narrow down and fix an issue with my vehicle! I do all the mechanics myself on my car so that’s saying a lot! Two thumbs up 10 out of 10 rating! Thanks a bunch man

     
     
     
  • Yeah I that resistor out that it shows in the pic clean it with some wool and bam blower motor started working just fine save that $50 dollars but wouldn’t have known about what going on with my Ac without visiting joshsworld.com first thanks joshsworld you da sh:t

     
     
     
  • John caraway

    Hi how are you 🙂 on my 95 Acura Integra. My brakes was working good then they went completely out for some reason? And my fuel lines are leaking and I cannot tell if it’s from the gas tank or the lines? I replaced all the lines but it still is leaking somewhere. Could you please tell me where the fuel lines and the brake lines are under the hood please. And what would be the best remedy for this without spending a fortune. Thanks so much I really appreciate it have a great day?

     
     
     
  • Kevin

    This article was very helpful. I found the problem for my 2000 aura tl blower in less than 10 minutes. It was a loose connection.

    Thanks

     
     
     
  • Gary Wike

    Josh: Thank you for the great article and the great pictures. This was the exact solution to the blower problem on our 2000 Acura TL. After replacing the resistor, the system works perfect again. I got the resistor from O’Reilly Auto Parts for $42.99 + tax. Just for grins I called a local Acura dealer and asked what they would charge to replace this resistor. They told me the part was $73.00 and with labor the total bill would be “right at $400.00 with tax”!! Thanks again for the great article, great pictures, and great info.

     
     
     
  • Laska royal

    2003 Acura TL I have replaced the blower motor and the resistor and the blower motor fuse under the hood and the fuse in the car is good still won’t blow I also replaced the climate control panel and still won’t blow any air…….anyone out there have any idea what I could try next to make my a/c blow some air

     
     
     
  • Ed

    THANK YOU! Save me hundreds!

     
     
     
  • Thom

    Very helpful, thank-you.

     
     
     
  • Justin

    This worked for my 2003 type s, i actually found the blower motor resistor at a junk yard from a 2002 model TL.. thanks for the trouble shooting directions

     
     
     
  • sunbird

    My 2005 acura tl blower quits after running a while, usually a couple hours.. It always happens when I’m on a trip. After the car sits turned off for a bit, it will work again. I’ve had it to the shop but nothing can be found wrong because it’s intermittent.

     
     
     
  • Rey

    Nice.. I’m haven a problem similar.. but it’s only the driver side not work.. every other vent works perfect. . Can this b the problem. . Purchased the car like that..

     
     
     
  • Readabit

    This was exactly what was wrong with my 2003 TLS. Thank you so much! Easy fix I could do myself and saved me a ton of $!

     
     
     
  • Bob

    Josh,

    Yesterday (17 Sept 2016) my blower stopped working. I checked all the fuses I could associate with it, but no luck. I did some searching and found your post. I went to Autozone this afternoon and obtained the part, a Duralast Blower Motor Resistor (JA1387) which was $41.99 like you said. The install was at most 20 minutes and it worked perfectly. Thanks very much for sharing this!

     
     
     
  • Idarado

    Josh,
    My blower motor stopped about a week ago after stopping once before going completely dead. Did a quick Google and found your site right out of the gate. Precise instructions and photos with arrows to boot. Went to local Auto Zone in the evening and the part arrived next morning. Cost $45 and change. Plugged it back in and fan motor came to life. Perfect! Thanks!

     
     
     
  • justin

    I just cleaned the resistor off and it worked perfect.

     
     
     
  • Steven Quick

    I’ve been having this issue with my 2003 Acura TL Type-S for about 4,000 miles and 3 months (recently stopped driving my daily for work). I’ve checked the fuse, it’s good. I’ve checked the connector and it’s good also. The only solution I’ve yet to try is this one but I wanted to ask a few questions first…

    1. Is there a way to test the resistor before replacing it? A friend mentioned that a multimeter should read current while it’s not connected.

    2. I may be wrong, but I believe the white build-up on the metal side of the resistor is a bad sign. Mine was not as bad as the one in these photos. Can anyone confirm this indicator?

     
     
     
  • Steven Quick

    Update: So maybe I did something wrong…

    Car: 2003 Acura tl type s
    Info: fuses good, connector good, new resistor

    1. BOUGHT AND REPLACED THE RESISTOR – part # JA1387
    2. DIDNT DISCONNECT THE BATTERY FIRST mostly because I didn’t have a wrench for it; I have one at home but it’s a long drive when I have to stop every 5 blocks to wipe windows in this storm (western WA)
    3. BLOWER DIDN’T FIX so I restarted the car and it still doesn’t work

     
     
     
  • Al B.

    $50, two screws, problem solved! Thanks Josh!

    @Steven, I also didn’t disconnect the battery because doing so means I have to find an underground parking garage with to radio signal to reset my radio. Not disconnecting the battery didn’t make a difference for me. It worked. If you are sure the fuse, your cables and connectors are all good, you might actually need to replace the blower motor. Guy at the auto parts store also said he’s seen a clogged cabin filter be the root cause of this issue.

     
     
     
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