Land Rover Blower Fan Updates
AkioOhtori last edited by AkioOhtori
Oh yeah... that is right. We're going to get some hot, hot blower fan action right here, right now!
Err that is to say at the beginning of December I attempted to replace the blower fan in my Disco. It had been making... noises for a while and I figured if it was going to fail, it would do so on my NYE offroad trip.
When I got the fan out it had some leaves in it and a little more axial play than I was strictly comfortable with, but otherwise seemed to be in good shape. Still, the replacement part was purchased new on eBay, so no returns unless there is actually something wrong with it. I figured I'd throw the new one in and keep the old as a spare.
Assembly complete, I turned on the fan and was greeted by a tick tick tick from the fan. Clearly I'd donked up the install.
After adjusting and attempting all manner of fixes, I resolved to remove it and check for leaves in the ducts. Alas, the ducts were clean.
Finally, I just set the thing on my floorboard and turned it on. First note: HOLY CRAP THOSE THING SPIN FAST! I had no idea. On the lowest fan speed it was uncomfortably fast. I can't imagine what "high" looked like. Anyway, the second note was I could still hear the ticking. It was internal to the fan.
Feelings at this point were... mixed. I knew I didn't have enough time to wait on another part, so I put the Landy back together with the old fan and hoped clearing the debris out of it meant the problem went away. Meanwhile I dropped the new fan off at USPS so I could get a refund.
At USPS. In December.
Two weeks after dropping it off I check the tracking and... nothing. No scans. No info. Just "a label has been created." Oh crap.
I mask up and prepare to face the crowds of a late-December post office and... yeah it was bad. Not terribad, but it took me a solid 5 minutes of waiting in line before the line advanced. You know it must have been bad as they added a second counter worker, which is completely unheard of. Usually it is just the one and they're mandated to disappear into the back every 5 minutes as they search, once again, for the lost arc.
Err anyway, I digress. After getting to the counter I provide my story and tracking info and the counter worker looks it up on their special computer. Unclear what it told her, but she snagged what I presume was a manager and explained the situation. The manager, a very nice woman, basically said "yeah that just is how it is right now, they're not scanning anything and the distro is about 9 days behind," said she'd keep an eye on it (a nice gesture, if hollow) and left. Presumably to search for the arc.
Ok well... at least it isn't lost? Probably?
Anyway, the old blower made it through the trip, but the come-and-go bearing noise was starting to be more come than go, so I knew it still needed replacement.
Today, finally, the blower was delivered to the seller and I got my refund. Immediately I found a replacement available at AutoZone of all places, shipping only of course, and ordered it. Now we get to play the waiting game... Again.
barnie last edited by
Seems to be a sign of the USPS these days. What used to be a good organization is breaking down. Love me some AutoZone. They must have a warehouse beside the FedEx facility down in JAX. Order it in the afternoon and it's on the next truck into the boatyard. Happened 6, 7 times last year, even Sat deliveries. Had to return a part and the local AZ took it back, easy peezy.
AkioOhtori last edited by
@barnie Yeah... I don't blame them as they're being used as a pawn in some stupid political game, but the net effect is I sure don't trust them anymore.
I used to be an O'Reilly man, but the AutoZone locations here seem to be the only auto parts store even slightly acknowledging the pandemic, so I've switched to them when possible.
jminer last edited by
@AkioOhtori good luck with the replacement.
I used to go to oreillly’s as they used to staff more knowledgeable folks than autozone, but haven’t found one of them in years now. For me it’s mostly ordering parts from Rock Auto. I do still go to Oreilly’s for fluids or same-day needed parts though.