2000 Buick Century Blower Will Not Turn Off

A good customer came in with her 2000 Buick Century and complained that the blower would not turn off even with the key off. The car has manual HVAC so I was already sure that the blower relay that is built into the blower resistor assembly was stuck. No big deal I have changed dozens of them. I went under the passenger side of the dash unhooked the wiring, the blower went off as suspected so I removed the forward screw. Unhooked the wiring to the blower motor and firmly wiggled the resistor off of the two rear screws. The resistor has slots in it so it is easier to remove the resistor and then loosen the screws with the resistor out of the way.

I quickly hooked up the new resistor to make sure all was well when I found I had only two speeds working. As a cautionary note I made sure the resistor was clear of all objects and as I turned the key on, I ran the blower switch through all speeds and then turned the key off immediately so that I would not damage the new resistor. The whole operation takes about 5-10 seconds if properly prepared. You can also see that the new resistor has a heavier design than the original. To order a new resistor please

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Time to test the wiring to see what was going on. Power on the first wire with the key on. Good!

No power on the next wire. Bad!

Power again on the fourth wire but no power on the remaining wires. With this knowledge and years of experience I determined that there was a problem at the blower switch. Because of the split in the wires that had power I knew that both fuses involved in the blower circuit were okay and there was power at the blower switch. The problem had to be at the switch or in the wiring between the switch and resistor. Time to pull the switch out and inspect. First I removed the lower attaching screws at either side of the center dash panel.

I then firmly grasped it and pull the panel away from the dash to release the spring clip retainers. You can see one of the retainers to the left of my thumb.

I then removed the two attaching screws.

Tilted the panel out and tested the wiring the same as I did at the resistor connector with the same results. I did this by lightly back probing the wires. Unfortunately I could not do this and take a picture and no one else was around to do it for me.

Anyway I replaced the faulty switch and retested the wires at the blower resistor connector and all passed.

I finished the job by installing the new blower resistor and also checking and replacing the cabin air filter. To see that procedure click here.

7 discussions on “2000 Buick Century Blower Will Not Turn Off”

  1. No air problem solved:
    In my case power at the ctrl hvac fuse was normal (12V) when the key was in on position suggesting a functioning ignition switch. However, when I started the engine, voltage was only 4V, suggesting a faulty ignition switch. I replaced the ignition switch and now it works fine. I thought this point might be helpful for those trying to diagnose a blower problem.
    Thanks, tk

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