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I have a 2016 Ford Transit Connect XLT and I need help figuring out how to get at my blower motor - no, it's not burned out but it will be soon if I cannot get at it to clear it out!  This past Sunday I started up my van and the blower motor was very loud and vibrating the entire dash.  I was like, wtf! So I was trying to find where my blower motor is so I can find out why it's vibrating and shaking my dash -- all the google searches said it was behind the glove box and accessible from underneath the dash, so I pop the plastic rivets and lower the useless felt piece to find only ducts.  I lower my glove box and look behind it and find just my fuse panel.  I look over behind the center of the dash - there it was - smack against the firewall and full of leaves, so I try to access it from outside from the vents, nope, just more plastic duct work!  SO now I feel I must take my center dash apart to get at the blower motor to clean out the leaves and ensure nothing else is causing the noise - I want to find out if anyone here has had to do this job before I go removing my dash - it isn't going to be easy - I don't want to have to remove my radio as I believe it will need a code to work again if unplugged since it has satellite radio equipped. Anyone who can help me with how to best access the blower motor is greatly appreciated since Google results aren't showing my van repair instructions from you tubers.

 

What I cannot understand is how leaves got in there in the first place - the outside venting inlets are covered by mesh. So how did leaves get in there???  My auto repair man wants about $200 to do the job.  I just don't have money to waste on just cleaning out the fan!

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Since you can see it, and see the leaves, can you get a vacuum hose with a crevice tool in there to suck it out?  Try taking off that top dash trim above the radio, and the center console trim along the floor under the radio..  That may allow more access.  

 

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Did you find the cabin filter access door on the heater housing on the glove box side?

You need to see what Is in the filter.

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Hah! I don't have the leaf problem, but I have always wondered if my cargo van HAD the claimed air filter, and where the heck it was! I could never locate it.

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See the attached. It is curious how the leaves are getting into to blower. Another forum member had mice build a nest in the plenum. There must be an opening other than the plastic vents in front of the windshield.

blower moter removal.pdf

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How did the leaves get in there if the 2 screen caps under the hood in back were in place?

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I lifted my hood today.  Take a look at where the hood hinges are.  No trees on my block to park under.  Those leaves don't look familiar at all.  My best guess is from leaves just blowing in the air.  Now I've got to get a vacuum with a crevice tool, a very long extension cord, or just find someone who can suck & blow hard.

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I have the same problem. Plus I park under a tree so it's constant. I glued in some foam blocks that seal those gaps in the fender. This works well but I still get some leaves in there.

 

I still don't see how a leaf could get sucked into the plenum. 

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