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Background: Problems started with my HVAC blower roughly 1 year after the recall installed a cover on the original blower.

The fan motor eventually stopped working. I removed it and found it would not spin freely so I ordered a new 4-seasons replacement unit from RockAuto. The problem was solved for a few months.

Next an intermittent problem started that prevent the blower from working when the temperature was extremely hot or cold. Basically it would work fine on days you didn't need to use it. So I checked the wiring harness and did not see any evidence melting or over heating wires.

I looked through the information in the following thread and read about replacing the blower resistor. Then I thought this looks like a Darlington Transistor Pair.

http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31033

So I've had great luck with BWD Intermotor parts that I purchase from Advance Auto using the TRT30 coupon code for 30% off. In many cases BWD Intermotor parts cost as much as OEM. Though it is the 30% discount and store location convenience factor that keeps me as an Advance Auto customer.

It turns out that BWD Intermotor is owned by Federal Mogul. Now I know that Federal Mogul is a Just-In-Time manufacturer parts supplier (JIT supplier) for Nissan and BMW over in the Tennessee Valley area. So what about Honda? Possibly...

So I purchased a new blower resistor from Advance Auto for $37.79. It was the only item I purchased so I paid $9.99 shipping charge + local tax. I usually specify in store pickup to avoid shipping charges but my local stores do not stock the part.

Today I installed the new resistor and the HVAC now works great. Finally!

Here's the interesting part about the BWD Intermotor part. After I pulled out the old resistor and put it beside the new replacement, I could not tell the difference. Both parts are the same Denso part number.

Actually I have this happen all the time with Nissan parts. The BWD or SMP Intermotor replacement looks exactly like the OEM replacement right down to the Hitachi label. Plus the BWD Intermotor parts I buy from AA have a lifetime warranty.

Here's the picture below. You decide which part is the replacement.



Here's the BWD Intermotor part box.

 

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Do you know what the cost would have been for the OEM part from dealer?
Dealer list price is $80.23.

Some online dealer prices below.

Honda Parts Network lists it for $52.95 + $11.19 shipping = $64.14

http://hondapartsnetwork.com/part/8185605/Honda-Part-79330-SJK-941-Power-Transistor

Fairfax Honda $58.73 + Shipping

http://parts.fairfaxhonda.com/products/BLOWER-TRANSISTOR-(79330%2dSJK%2d941).html

Boch Honda $55.36 + Shipping

http://www.hondacarpartsdirect.com/oe-honda/79330sjk941?gclid=CNONuayxzMQCFQguaQodmJwAYg
 
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