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sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician
Category: UK Car
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Experience:  ASE Master and Advanced level certified. Factory trained with 17 years dealership experience
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Have a 209 Beetle Convertible. sorry, meant 2009 not 209.

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Hi Jerry, Have a 209 Beetle Convertible.
JA: What year is your Convertible?
Customer: sorry, meant 2009 not 209. Twice the heater fuse has blown when i turn the fan above #2. Suspect its either a blocked intake or problem with blower fan. Have replace fuse already
JA: Most vehicles have two fuse panels. Have you located both?
Customer: Yes - i can replace the fuse and AC now works but only up to level1 on switch. As winter is comnig need higher fan setting to demist screen
JA: What is the make/model of your car?
Customer: VW Beetle Cabriolet
JA: Are you fixing your Beetle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: So far only replaced fuse which works. Am prepared to do some simpel work myself (e.g. is air intake blocked with leaves) but not a full repair / replacment of parts
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no thnks. thats all
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: UK Car
Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

Hi Im David. Try this, with the vehicle off, select the highest fan setting. tirn the vehicle on and see if the fuse still blows. If not then replace the blower motor resistor. if it still blows replace the blower motor

Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

do you still need assistance?

Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.


Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.


Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

The problem is almost surely the blower motor but it could be a control head or wiring issue. The best thing to do would be to unplug the blower motor and turn the key on with a new fuse in place, then turn the blower motor control to each speed and see if the fuse blows. If so then the control head has failed or there is a short to ground on one of the higher speed circuit wires from the control head to the resistor and some deeper testing would need to be done. If the fuse doesn't blow with the motor unplugged then the motor needs to be replaced.