When the sale season hits and paints the whole town red, you'll see big, wide smiles in people's faces. You'll see people running round and about, rummaging for clothes and gadgets in the stores. The same thing goes for stores that sell car parts-car owners will definitely make the most of it every time their favorite shops go on sale. However, this doesn't happen really often. So if you need to replace a car part, say, your car's blower motor-which is really an expensive component, read these tips to make sure you get your money's worth.
- Determine what type of fan works in your car. The two basic types are the centrifugal and axial fans. The centrifugal type of fan is the most common among cars; however, axial fans are more promising because of certain characteristics such as compactness, low price, and light weight. For replacement, you need to buy a motor that is similar to your original one. But if you prefer to use a fan type other than what your car originally had, it's best to consult an expert technician if the other fan type is compatible with your car model.
- Choose an energy-efficient blower motor-a variable-speed motor. This motor can run at different speeds depending on what is required. It can run fast at engine start-up and slowly decrease its speed once desired temperature is achieved. This blower motor can definitely help save a lot of fuel.
- Buy only from trusted distributors to make sure there's warranty. It is a must for expensive parts like this.
- Do not buy used blower motors. Buying second-hand parts is really difficult and dangerous because it's hard to get the product details from the previous owner, or worse, from a junk yard. Remember that specs such as size and type are vital. Unless you get these information, do not pay for them.
- Do not insist on repair if replacement is badly needed. A common mistake among many car owners is buying repair kits and trying to fix the problem themselves. The only time they buy a replacement part is when they fail to restore it. End result? They'll be paying twice or thrice.
- Do not hesitate to ask questions if you are not sure of which blower motor to buy. Ask a dealer or technician, or read your car manual to learn more about this part.