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#1 Old 01-24-2011, 10:15 AM
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"burning wire" smell when I turn on my vents?

Over the last 2 weeks or so, ive noticed that when I turn on my air vents (doesnt matter if a/c is on or off; inside or outside air), there is a faint smell of what I would call burning wire, almost as if there was a wire melting through its casing. I have "sniffed" everywhere while the truck is off, and dont detect anything. As soon as I turn the truck vents on, its somewhat strong, then fading completely away within a few mins. Happens all the time. Ive pulled my dash and radio out to see if anything looked fishy back there, but nothing.

What do you guys feel it might be? I dont have any blown fuses, and everything looks tight. Possible the blower motor or something is giving?

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Have you been using the heater any more recently?

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No, I don't use it much at all

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"Dust in the wind..." Oh wait, sorry that's a Kansas song....maybe burning dust?

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No, I don't use it much at all
That's kinda what I figured. If you don't use your heater much and then all the sudden use it, it can have a similar smell for quite a while even if you don't use it again. Happens ever winter here AZ.

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Yup, just like when i turn our funace on in the house.

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or Heater speed load resistor .
the times I've smelled burning from the vents in an automotive environment was either when the load resistor was about to fail, or when the fan motor brushes were about to fail
(I've experienced both).

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I have been having this exact problem also. I figuered is was my fan speed control resistors going out.

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I got this when I cranked open my a/c mode the other morning to use my heater on a cold 35 degree morning..

Freaked me out for a second..hahaha

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I hope that's all it is. Sounds like it makes sense. Is there an easy way to clean out/off the dust/dirt that causes this smell?

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use it more often? lol

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Ive got to say, it looks like you were right. It was probably some dust burning on the rarely used heater. It has completely gone away.

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yeah kinda weird. Never had it on any other vehicle.

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