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Sent in the last payment on the car last month...I knew this would happen! FIRST problem on the 2009 now at 25K miles.


Upon starting and turning on ventilation fan and a/c button, a/c button lights up immediately as it's supposed to but fan does not start for a minute or two. Once fan starts, a/c works normally. Did a search, can't find anything. Ideas?
 

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Sent in the last payment on the car last month...I knew this would happen! FIRST problem on the 2009 now at 25K miles.


Upon starting and turning on ventilation fan and a/c button, a/c button lights up immediately as it's supposed to but fan does not start for a minute or two. Once fan starts, a/c works normally. Did a search, can't find anything. Ideas?
Which fan are you refering to? The interior blower motor, or the radiator fan? If you are refering to the interior blower motor, see here: http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/f183/heater-blower-motor-repair-26967/

It sucks, but it's a pretty common issue on these cars. You can also look here: http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/f4/blower-motor-conversion-notes-62897/ for a conversion motor so smart doesn't bend you over for the $285 OEM unit.
 

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The cheap blower motor eats its brushes because the edge of the comutator isn't tapered or beveled like in a real motor, a gift to the dealers. Take the motor out with a quarter turn and unplug it. Disassemble carefully and withdraw the rotor. Use a small, triangular file to file the edges of the copper contacts to put a little bezel on them so the brushes won't be cut away by the cheapness. Stretch the brush springs to make good, but not hard, contact when you reassemble it. Works great from now on.

If the AC compressor doesn't run at max cold (all the way down to 65F), run the cheap switch up and down a few times to clean its crap contact. It seems to lose contact all the way down a lot. Move it up just a tiny bit and the compressor will kick back in. Damn the cheap!

2 degrees from a warped head and engine destruction, the radiator fan comes on. ALWAYS run the compressor if it's hot outside all summer so this vital fan will run, the only cooling it has in traffic. Want a little scare? Put the remote sensor of an indoor/outdoor little thermometer under the engine compartment cover so the sensor is sitting above the motor, but not touching it. This motor COOKS in its own heat.....
 
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