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Old 02-09-2017, 04:09 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I just joined nasioc, and bought my wrx in August last year.
Today there was a pretty big snow storm in the north east, and when I went to turn my defroster on, no air was coming out. Hot or cold.
The little screen on the top of the dash implies that the ac/ vent is on, yet no air is blowing. There is no combination of buttons/temps/fan speed that makes it blow any air.
Potentially useful info- I have the olm hid headlights and led c-lights and led license plate lights. that's literally it.
Again I'm a newbie so please forgive me if this is the wrong section or if someone already resolved this.
Any thoughts on this please, because I literally have to drive and wipe clean the window.
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Old 02-09-2017, 06:55 PM   #2
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New car with warranty? Take it to the dealer.
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Old 02-09-2017, 07:42 PM   #3
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Start simple, check fuses for the blower.
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Old 02-09-2017, 08:07 PM   #4
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Start simple, check fuses for the blower.


I checked the two fuses in the coin holder place that say blower , they looked fine, but I changed one with the extra fuses provided, and still nothing. Thanks though :/
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Old 02-09-2017, 08:08 PM   #5
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New car with warranty? Take it to the dealer.


I'm waiting to make an appointment, but they were closed today (the weather) so I'm gonna make an appointment asap. I thought I could just save myself the time and trouble of going to the dealer if there is a known quick fix.
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Old 02-10-2017, 09:07 AM   #6
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Fuse is most likely, visual check is not perfect, better to use a meter.
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Old 02-10-2017, 09:13 AM   #7
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There is another fuse box in the engine bay. Not sure if any of those applies to the HVAC system. might as well check.
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Old 02-10-2017, 04:16 PM   #8
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I'll update what ends up happening, thanks guys.
Any thoughts on what would potentially cause a fuse to blow on a New wrx with basically no mods??
I'm pretty sure subaru should've engineered the car with cold conditions in mind. (It was working the day before in 60 degree weather, so maybe the cold caused an issue??)
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Old 02-14-2017, 06:01 PM   #9
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Update-
Today I gave the dealer a call, and told them what my issue was. Apparently they found it hard to believe that a 2017 car had this issue so he told me to stop by quickly so he could take a look, and see if it was necessary to schedule an appointment. When I got there, he took the glove box out, and hit the fan housing a couple times, then disconnected the fan power cable, reconnected, and apparently that fixed it!
He said if it gets stuck again, we're probably gonna have to change the fan. I asked if he's seen this before, and he said no, and was surprised the new model year had this issue.
He then said however there's always a first one to go wrong, (and it was my luck).
I'll update later if it dies again any time soon. Thanks for the help guys!
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Old 02-15-2017, 11:00 PM   #10
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Probably a mouse head stuck in the fan, if it starts stinking in a few days let us know.
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:07 AM   #11
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Probably a mouse head stuck in the fan, if it starts stinking in a few days let us know.


Hahah, I will let you know, but it'll have to wait till the weather starts to get toastier and then I'll def smell something (if there was something)
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Old 02-18-2017, 09:51 AM   #12
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This happened to me as well - the fan stopped working then would work intermittently. The connector for the fan power cable is right under the glove box and it might get kicked or hit by the passenger. I disconnected the connector and reconnected it and it works good again.
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Old 02-19-2017, 09:40 PM   #13
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This happened to me as well - the fan stopped working then would work intermittently. The connector for the fan power cable is right under the glove box and it might get kicked or hit by the passenger. I disconnected the connector and reconnected it and it works good again.


That's basically what happened with me, I guess it's poor design by Subaru ?? :/
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