Heater Blower malfunction

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Maintenance' started by TapTapPull, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. TapTapPull

    TapTapPull Active Member

    I've been away a lot for work and haven't much opportunity to enjoy my ST these last two months.

    When I last left for work there wasn't any snow, but when I came back there was. I've been driving around in the snow since Sunday, and today my heater wasn't blowing. I took it to Ford at lunch and they had a service bulletin about this known problem in the heater blowers. When it's cold they malfunction, blow the fuse, and cease to operate. Due to a buildup of snow and ice or something.

    I leave my vehicle parked outside so it will need to withstand and operate in 5 month/year subzero temps. It was -20 Celcius today, but it will get colder as winter progresses.

    I've left it with Ford and they will check to see if it's a blown fuse. Ford has a new cover for the heater blower that I guess eliminates the ice buildup problem. I'm imagining this part will be necessary for me.

    If they replace the fuse and I can drive it until the new part arrives, great. If not, it'll be courtesy car livin' for a little while.
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  3. Mikeygti

    Mikeygti Active Member

    Sorry to hear about your heater (& speaker) issues, both it seems due to winter weather. So far so good for my car ( also parked outside) but Penticton isn't known for its rough winters ;)
    BTW what did you end up going with for winter tires /wheels ?
  4. Sekred

    Sekred Active Member

    Wow, minus 20c, that weather would probably kill me. You guys in North America and Canada do it tough and having to run winter tyres for 6 months of the year. He's my summer and winter set up.

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  5. TapTapPull

    TapTapPull Active Member

    Bridgestone Blizzak on steelies. They seem to work great so far.
  6. Mikeygti

    Mikeygti Active Member

    It's not so bad here in Canada during winter. We stay nice & warm in our igloo's ! ;-). Lol

    Where you from Sekred ?

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  7. Sekred

    Sekred Active Member

    G'day Mike, I live in Australia. Summer starts in December but its all ready pretty warm (sometimes). Weather is really strange, hot-cold.
    I'd cry if I had to drive my car in the snow and slush. Living in a igloo sounds cool, do you get cable?
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  8. mysticfac3

    mysticfac3 Member

    I really hope that you guys are joking if you really think we live in igloos....:facepalm:
  9. moshaholic2

    moshaholic2 Active Member

    You mean you dont!!!??? :wideyed:

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  10. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    I seem to remember that the regular Fiesta has had a problem with snow/ice getting into the heater air intake area. There is a thread on the other forum

    I don't know if they ever fixed it, but from the sounds of it, the answer is no. I'd suggest (as a temporary measure) that you throw a piece of canvas or something over the air intake area when parking in bad weather to cover it up, at least until Ford gets their act together and fixes this for good. It's either that or put up with no heat...
  11. marc89gti

    marc89gti Active Member

    I've had my FiST for few weeks now, no problems yet. Blower and heat seems to be working fine. Although was driving tonight and the blower sound seemed to change for no reason and it wasn't on auto. The only other thing weird was one day when it was -10 C or so and after brushing off snow I started to drive; could have sworn snow was coming through the vents but only a very small amount and only for a couple of seconds

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  12. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    It is always upsetting to have any trouble with a new car, I am sure your dealer will get it sorted out.

    I am up and off to work between 3:00 - 4:00 AM most days.
    I am sure glad my heater works and I have Heated Seats.
    It drops below 40F degrees around here this time of year.

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  13. firSTinWpg

    firSTinWpg Member

    Had the exact same problem pop up last night. Unfortunately for my wife it happened to her while driving home from work in -15 weather. The only way to keep the windows somewhat clear was to finish the last half hour of her drive home with the windows partially open. She loves her ST, but she was seriously unimpressed. Had to call roadside assistance once she got home to tow it to the dealer. Hopefully there's no more glitches for a while once this gets fixed. So far we've had the TPM sensors fail after changing over to winter tires, the front speaker problem which I asked them to look at now while it's in, and had to do a master reset of MFT a week ago when vocie control stopped working on it. Still love the ST but I'm not impressed with having 4 issues (2 requiring a trip to the dealer) already on a vehicle we've only had for less than 3 months.
  14. wash

    wash Active Member

    I never thought I would say this but I've been enjoying my butt warmer.

    I've had a cold and there is a cold snap, 20s and 30s over night lows so not having to wait for the engine to warm up before I get some heat is nice.
  15. wash

    wash Active Member

    Oh, by the way, I'm eating Mexican for lunch just so I can do my part contributing to global warming.

    You're welcome.
  16. TapTapPull

    TapTapPull Active Member

    It's happened again to me. The temps have fallen to around -19 Celsius these last few days. Ford confirmed the updated part is still on back-order, so my car has been listed as a "unit down," they are going to store it this afternoon, and they'll zip me over to a rental agency to pick up an interim vehicle. A real shame - I do love driving this car. But I can't see when the windows are frosting up inside!
  17. Removed

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    No issues yet but coldest I've driven in is 15 F. Crossing my fingers I'm lucky.
  18. marc89gti

    marc89gti Active Member

    My car gets garaged at night time but have also requested the dealer to install the cover ice shield. It was in last Friday, they had the cover but are missing the special clip to install it. I guess this special clip is what is back ordered. Hopefully its in by Dec. 16th when hopefully my Ford OEM winter 16" aluminum wheels show up and they can replace the rear wiper motor too.
  19. firSTinWpg

    firSTinWpg Member

    Thats not good to hear. I spoke to my dealer today and they promised to have the parts and get me fixed on Monday. If it sits any longer than that I will be demanding a loaner. Ford will also be getting a nasty letter. How the F'ck can you still keep producing a vehicle using a part you know is defective for years past your own TSB? Why isn't the new cover part of the standard assembly proccess? That is absolute BS especially when something non-critical like a blower motor can keep a car off the road in cold climates.
  20. speedprotege

    speedprotege Member

    -20 and mine stopped working now.
  21. mamiata1

    mamiata1 Active Member

    This does not sound encouraging. Mine works fine so far but I have noticed a very high pitch squeal at times when the fan is on high. It's funny cuz my wife said she couldn't hear it. We're both in our fifties and to me it was almost painful.

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