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need help dropping blower motor

I've had something stuck in the blower motor for a few weeks now. I finally decided to do something about it so I tried to drop the blower motor. The blower motor itself is dirt easy to remove (just unscrew 3 screws), but I cannot get this stupid wiring harness unplugged from it:

I'm pretty sure that the white connector needs to be removed from the blower motor, rather than removing the gray piece from the white connector, but I'm not sure. The white connector just won't budge. I can slide it out maybe 1/4 inch, but then it just stops moving. It looks like there might be a tab on the far side, but applying pressure to it doesn't do anything. I haven't tried any pliers yet, as I don't want to use force if it isn't needed. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
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You're right. The white part is the part that comes out of the blower motor
I believe the connector should have a tab on the side that needs to be pushed in to release the connector then pull out.
Most modern connectors are built that way.
Earlier connectors sometimes had a tab that needed a small screw driver to push/pull the tab out to release the connector.

If it helps then get a small mirror and look at the other side of the connector before attempting removal.
Or maybe remove the 3 screws and take motor out and look at connector?
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Push button on side of connector, and wiggle,, those fit very tight

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Thanks for the advice. I'll give it a shot again tomorrow. When I tried earlier today, my car was parked on the bottom floor of the parking garage where it is pretty cold. I'll try parking my car in the hot California sun tomorrow, maybe the heat will make the plastic a little more pliable or something.
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Or maybe remove the 3 screws and take motor out and look at connector?
There isn't enough slack in the cable to remove the motor first. The cable is zip tied to some other piece. I could break the zip tie to make enough slack and re-attach the cable later but I'd rather not do that if possible.
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I had to replace mine in the summer of 2015 as it started rattling constantly and was driving me insane. sbr711 is right, that connector is snug and if memory serves, I think I wounded myself slightly in the process. Other than that, the swap was stupid easy.

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Amazingly, while Googling the problem, I saw a post from myself last July about how my blower motor was driving me crazy for months. I could have sworn it only started a few weeks ago. It is amazing how quickly time flies by as you get older.
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Amazingly, while Googling the problem, I saw a post from myself last July about how my blower motor was driving me crazy for months. I could have sworn it only started a few weeks ago. It is amazing how quickly time flies by as you get older.
If you never speak another truth for the rest of your life, you nailed this one. I look back and wonder, WT?

^^^What they said. There's a tab on that "Mate-N-Loc" connector. Other than annoy and frustrate you during the removal process, its sole purpose is to hold those connections snug. That little guy is the key. Consider a dab of dielectric grease on that fitting during the reconnect.

Having owned 3 E's, I've managed to dodge this blower bullet. Easy job by all accounts, above. But I'm also under warranty. Advantage: Me. Disadvantage: Tech. But he gets paid to do it, I don't. LOL

If you still can't remove it (which is highly doubtful) increase the radio's volume to the upper 30's. Well, you won't hear the blower.

Here's hoping this is the last time you have to tackle this job:

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I gave it another try today and failed. I also found that my pliers are too small to press the tab on the connector. Going to go buy some wide adjustable pliers tomorrow and try again.
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I bought a new pair of pliers and was finally able to pull the connector out. It is definitely bad design on Hyundai's part to put the pushtab on the side that is away from you. Besides being hard to see, it is really difficult to apply pressure to it with your fingers.

After dropping the blower motor out, i was sadly unable to find any debris inside. I blasted it with an air compressor and wiped the inside with a damp cloth. Hopefully the rattle I've been hearing goes away. I haven't driven it long enough to be sure yet.
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I bought a new pair of pliers and was finally able to pull the connector out. It is definitely bad design on Hyundai's part to put the pushtab on the side that is away from you. Besides being hard to see, it is really difficult to apply pressure to it with your fingers.

After dropping the blower motor out, i was sadly unable to find any debris inside. I blasted it with an air compressor and wiped the inside with a damp cloth. Hopefully the rattle I've been hearing goes away. I haven't driven it long enough to be sure yet.
Did you happen to give the blower motor a swift spin while you had it out?
Also, behind your glovebox is your cabin filter; it should catch any debris before it reaches the blower.
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