As to the question, it sounds like your blower motor is dying. Not a bad or overly expensive fix (I just did mine). The easiest way to test the motor is to turn the fan on (AC or just vent) and if it'* not blowing, go under the hood and whack it with a srewdiver handle or something similar. If that turns it on, then you probably just need a new motor. They usually stock them at the local parts stores, I think I paid $35 for mine, and it comes with the fan attached.
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