There's three types of resister packs for the 928 S/S4/GT and one for the late GTS models.

928 618 101 01 is the resistor pack for pre-1989 cars
928 616 101 00 is for the 1989-1993 cars

928 616 101 01 is for the 1994-1995 cars

 

On top of that there was a change in the wiring of the resistor packs. A pre 1989 version and the one starting 1989.

The pre-1989 has a thermo switch that switches full power to the fan for cooling down the overheated resistor pack. The "magic blower syndrome"

The starting 1989 version is similar, but has a thermo switch that now interrupts the power to the fan to let the resistor pack cool down. It shuts down the fan.

The thermo switch itself is different as it opens when hot instead of closes when hot.

 

The '94/'95 resistor pack is quite different to the earlier ones - it doesn't even mount in the plenum (due to pollen filter) - only has 4 pins used and 3 resistor elements. Speed 0 for these cars is really off (no blower) for all other models Speed 0 is just a very low speed mode (though some still allow an off mode via the blower relay controlled by the head unit off mode).

The '89-'93 model that Dan has as a replacement(?) is incompatible with the earlier model only due to its pinout - it actually has the same features and mounts in the same manner. It does not have a bimetalic strip to bypass the resistance group* - instead it has a series thermal switch - if it gets too hot it just turns off (full speed mode still works via the switch & DEF).

Older versions switch to full speed via the bypass when they overheat (aka "magic blower syndrome").

Since the early version is NLA - the available '89-'93 version can be substituted with some pin swaps in the blower socket - this is what Don has done - but he seems to be having some issues with this.

I believe the '94/'95 version could also be used in earlier cars - however I've never really written about this - The pinout of this model is MORE different than the others.


Alan
 

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This is for a up to 1984 model:

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There is is a bi-metal switch protection circuit in the resistor pack to keep it from overheating should the air flow be restricted. The bi-metal switch can sometimes fail, but might be repaired without having to buy a new part.

Also, the resistor pack was redesigned but the newer part is not interchangeable with the old. My 90' S4 had the wrong resistor pack installed when I bought it which was causing a blow speed problem. 928 616 101 00 is the resistor pack that Don has in his car 928 616 101 01 is for the 94 to 95 cars.
Why will the 01 not work? Its cheaper than the 00.

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The '94/'95 resistor pack is quite different to the earlier ones - it doesn't even mount in the plenum (due to pollen filter) - only has 4 pins used and 3 resistor elements. Speed 0 for these cars is really off (no blower) for all other models Speed 0 is just a very low speed mode (though some still allow an off mode via the blower relay controlled by the head unit off mode).

The '89-'93 model that Dan has as a replacement(?) is incompatible with the earlier model only due to its pin out - it actually has the same features and mounts in the same manner. It does not have a bimetallic strip to bypass the resistance group* - instead it has a series thermal switch - if it gets too hot it just turns off (full speed mode still works via the switch & DEF).

Older versions switch to full speed via the bypass when they overheat (aka "magic blower syndrome").

Since the early version is NLA - the available '89-'93 version can be substituted with some pin swaps in the blower socket - this is what Don has done - but he seems to be having some issues with this.

I believe the '94/'95 version could also be used - however I've never really written about this - The pin out of this model is MORE different than the others.

If Don has the '94/'95 versions - he's using the wrong instructions....

Alan
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1994 928 GTS Black/Black Manual "AZ Desert Gang"
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Roger, I thought the pack I got from you was for 89-93 originally. Sounds like the 94-95 pack is very different. Looking at the wiring diagrams, the 89-93 is only slightly different and many here have successfully rewired the plug and used this pack with success on older cars.

Borland says 3 types: 78-88, 89-93 & 94-95
Borland,

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Don Carter
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OK Don - if you have the '94/'95 unit and assuming it fits in the plenum in the same way and has the same pin out designation (check this - I haven't looked) these are the swaps you need to do.

Note these instructions are only good for mounting a '94/'95 unit in a <'89 vehicle.

White wire stays on Pin1 (no change)

Move White/Green wire from Pin 5 to Pin 3

Move White/Blue wire from Pin 7 to Pin 4

Move the 2 Black wires from Pin 6 to Pin 2

Leave the Red/White & Red wires on pin 8 (they will not connect to anything)

Move the Red/White wire on pin 4 to pin 5, 6 or 7 (it will not connect to anything)

(its possible the pairing of the wires on pins 4 & 8 will be reversed - doesn't matter - what I listed is what's in the wiring diagrams - I think in practice pin 8 has just the Red/White and pin 4 has the Red/White & Red (functionally this is the same -> its the same red/White wire)

Alan
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The pack I have is almost identical to the pack I took out. 7 pins (socket 3 is empty), socket's numbered the same way and the pack mounts exactly the same way. The new pack had a cage around the coils, old one didn't, but it could have been removed in the past.

Alan, are you saying the '94/'95 pack only has 4 pins, or only 4 pins are used? If it only 4 pins, then I don't have it, I have 7.
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Don Carter
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Don - no its likely to look exactly the same but have only pins 1-4 connected to anything (you can check this with a DMM on ohms mode) if the part number is 928 616 101 01 it is for the '94/'95.

Alan
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OK so if you replaced an '86 resistor pack with an '89-'93 version it will not work correctly without modification. Since the <'89 version seem to be NLA I assume this is what happened?

The pin out and function is different. The function can still be compatible with some slight modifications:

'86 Resistor Pack Configuration (Pin# / Wire Color / Function)
1 WT Blower Switch I-IV (SW1)
2 NA Same as Pin 6 (not used)
4 RE Feed from Blower relay
5 WT/GN Blower Switch II-IV (SW2)
6 BK Blower Motor Switch IV (SW4)
7 WT/BL Blower Switch III-IV (SW3)
8 RE/WT Thermal bypass - linked to Pin 4

'89 Resistor Pack Configuration (Pin# / Wire Color / Function)
1 WT Blower Switch I-IV (SW1)
2 NA Same as Pin 6 (not used)
4 RE Feed from Blower relay
5 WT/GN Blower Switch II-IV (SW2)
6 NA (not used)
7 WT/BL Blower Switch III-IV (SW3)
8 BK Blower Motor Switch IV (SW4)

So bottom line:

On the connector for the resistor pack cut/remove the RE/WT link between pins 4 & 8

Swap the terminal pin connected to the 2 black wires in pin 6 of the connector over to pin 8 of the connector - leave pin 6 disconnected. The terminal pins can be moved in the connector without soldering...

Alan

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resister pack new style