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Best (and quietest?) blower motor?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TheDrewster, Feb 26, 2020.

  1. Feb 26, 2020 at 9:07 AM
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    TheDrewster

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    This morning, my trucks blower motor had started making a high pitched noise, and this’ll be the second time I’ve replaced it in two years. It had also been replaced twice by the previous owner. Although I’m very glad the motors are easy to change out, is there a brand or vendor that makes blower motors that last more than a year before they start squeaking and buzzing?
     
  2. Feb 26, 2020 at 9:13 AM
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    Fullboogie

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    OEM. The two aftermarket ones I've bought had weak airflow and were noisy.
     
  3. Feb 26, 2020 at 5:10 PM
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    racerX969

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    Turn up the radio.
     
  4. Feb 26, 2020 at 5:16 PM
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    Mudsock

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    I’m pretty sure you can’t move a volume of air quietly.
     
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  5. Feb 26, 2020 at 5:17 PM
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    Bishop84

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    I'd buy the cheapest one possible and change them like air filters.
     
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  6. Feb 26, 2020 at 5:41 PM
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    pdaddy

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  7. Feb 26, 2020 at 5:42 PM
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    whatstcp

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    Plenty of cheap options and easy to swap. I concur
     
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    PzTank

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    Best and quietest is gonna be OEM. Doubt the two you got were that’s why you’re replacing them.

    If you haven’t swapped it out yet, might want to upgrade to the newer style resistor while you’re down there.

    Prolly last you for the remainder of your ownership of the truck.
     
  9. Feb 26, 2020 at 6:17 PM
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    TnShooter

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    They still haven’t made one any better yet?
    I just turned the radio up after mine started ticking.
    After almost 2 years, it stopped ticking.
    Better stop talking about it. I don’t want it to get “ticked” off at me. LOL
     
  10. Feb 26, 2020 at 6:36 PM
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    Bishop84

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    I'm seeing less 2nd gen fans go, but I recommended one this week already, along with a Scion TC.

    It's a weak point of Toyota, but at least they are cheap.

    I believe it goes all the way back to the days of joint venture with GM, and they stuck with a design/patent from the NUMMI days. But I can't be sure.
     
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  11. Feb 26, 2020 at 6:41 PM
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    3JOH22A

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    What were the part numbers of the blowers you installed? Genuine Toyota 87103-04043 and newer part numbers effectively fixed the issue (the -3 indicates 4th iteration for Toyota, came out around 2014). However, aftermarket ones from TYC, VDO, etc. may have copied the older designs.
     
  12. Mar 24, 2020 at 11:22 AM
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    Shaggs

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    Mine is making a crunching noise all of the sudden. I have had the resistor changed out a couple of times and now it is blowing at all speeds but it sounds like it’s going to eject through the dash

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    I figured there had to be a critter inside it but it was clean.
     
  13. Mar 24, 2020 at 12:11 PM
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    redtaco2007

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    My 07 had the factory one in it up to 160k miles. After hearing the issues with aftermarket ones going out repeatedly, I opted to save the factory one.

    It really isn't hard to take apart the motor and do a little cleaning and sanding and have it working like new. Some electronics cleaner to clean out the armature and brushes etc. Some compressed air. Very light sanding on the brush ends, a little lube on the bearings and back together. Took me all of 30 min and works like new.

    Just something to keep in mind if you are trying to save your OEM one that has started to fail. It's been 2 years now on that motor and it still runs like a champ. Should it start having issues again, ill be doing the same thing over.
     
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  14. Mar 24, 2020 at 3:18 PM
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    Buy oem. All you have to do is justify the delta $ to yourself and then not worry about too much noise and lack of air flow.
     
  15. Mar 24, 2020 at 3:26 PM
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    Tacos4ever15

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    Any videos on this by chance ??
     
  16. Mar 24, 2020 at 3:28 PM
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    Nah, I thought about that after. Did it on a whim just trying to fix it quick. It's pretty easy to do once you have it out and on the bench.
     
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