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    Has anyone ever had the same problem where these cheaper resistors produce a strange hot smell through the vents?

    my original went so bought a cheap one from ebay, replaced pollen filter and 1-3 work again, but am getting a smell from the resistor through the vents.

    thought it might be the motor drawing too many amps as it looked like it had been wet in the past, bought another motor and still the same problem.

    yet to try a genuine valeo resistor, could it be anything else before i throw more money at it?

    thanks

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    I had a smell initially, but I left the unit running for about an hour and it cleared
    I operate my car with the air con running all the time, minimum fan setting is 1, which probably helped

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    thanks for that, will try and leave it running for a while and see what happens

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    Why not just change the resistor for the Maplin one?

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    the thermal fuse is ok, its the whole resistor pack that gives off a smell when up to temp

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    Don't buy your cheap ones from these guys: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1109304011...84.m1439.l2649

    When I attempted to fit mine the resistor pack was not fixed into the holder correctly, combined with the 4 pins being thicker than original the resistor pack came out of the plastic holder and fell into my air system!!

    I don't know what problems this may cause but it's damn near irretrievable so I'm sort of stuck with leaving it... anyone any ideas how it might be removed or what potential problems it may cause?

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    I did buy a cheapo resistor assembly and as above, the white plastic connector was not correct and I had to hack it with a junior hacksaw to get it finally to snap into place. It then smelt awful at first. The smell did calm down but never entirely. The thermal fuze then blew a few weeks later on the new assembly where I noted it to be of a lower rating than the original OEM.
    I then fitted a replacement fuze (of correct rating) onto the original OEM resistor assembly. Re-fitted this into the car. No smell whatsoever and has been running for a couple of months now.
    My advise would be to repair original OEM one with correct rated fuse and forget the el-cheapo resistor assemblies.

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