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Old 12/21/10, 8:54 PM   #1
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Clicking Noise from Dash When Switching Airflow Direction

I just started noticing over the past few days a clicking sound when I turn on the HVAC system. I would periodically here a single click after the system had not been running for awhile. In the last 24 hours, I have been able to replicate the noise by switching to blower setting where the air is directed in the middle. The clicking noise is repeated, resulting in about 8-10 clicks in a row in a short period of time.

I did a search and found some instances of the blend doors not working correctly in 2005-09 models. I haven't heard of this in the 2010+ cars.

The car goes into the dealer on Thursday (Merry Christmas to me), but I am not thrilled of the prospect of the dash being taken apart, which I am anticipating will happen (both to diagnose and repair).

Any words of wisdom or experience are welcomed as to the cause and resolution.
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Old 12/21/10, 8:59 PM   #2
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A couple of posts I found on other forums -

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Old 12/23/10, 12:45 PM   #3
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UPDATE - The service advisor commented to me that they are able to access the blend door actuator area WITHOUT a removal of the dash. The glovebox door was removed to diagnose the issue. This should be the same to make the fix. The part is ordered!
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Old 12/24/10, 9:52 PM   #4
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Interesting. I hope this problem was not carried over to the 10's and 11's. Thanks for posting the information. At least now I will know what the noise is, if it happens.
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A new actuator motor went in this past week. Fortunately, the technician was able to access the area where it went WITHOUT taking the dash apart (the glovebox door was removed). This has corrected the clicking symptom.
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I have this same problem on my (new to me) 2010 GT. I have the part on order.
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My 2010 GT did the clicking in the dash thing the other day. After reading threads on it, found out it could any of 4 door actuators. I haven't been able to repeat the problem in order to diagnose it down to which part is failing. Looks like 3 of the actuators are accessible from the glove box hole, the last one requires a dash dis-assembly to get to. So far it has only happened on start up, then goes away. Guess I will wait until I can figure out which part.
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This just started to occur on my 2011 GT, I'm no longer covered under warranty. Anyone know much would this cost to have fixed? :/
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This just started to occur on my 2011 GT, I'm no longer covered under warranty. Anyone know much would this cost to have fixed? :/
If I remember correctly, the part itself was less than $100, so if someone is able to access the one needing replacement easily, I don't think you would have a big labor charge.
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This just started to occur on my 2011 GT, I'm no longer covered under warranty. Anyone know much would this cost to have fixed? :/
Hey DaSFGiants4Life,

You should bring it in to your Ford Dealer and speak with the service manager. He is in the best position to ensure a proper diagnosis, and will be able to provide available options and/or coverage for any work needed. Also, remember repairs done at a Ford Dealer come with a 24 months/unlimited miles warranty.

You can schedule an appointment online here. Let me know the outcome.

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This just started to occur on my 2011 GT, I'm no longer covered under warranty. Anyone know much would this cost to have fixed? :/
Did you get the problem fixed? What did it end up costing? And does this sound like the problem you had?

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My 2012 GT started doing this a couple of months ago and my warranty just expired. I am trying to build up some courage to do this myself. This will help with my issue glad you posted this.
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If I remember correctly, the part itself was less than $100, so if someone is able to access the one needing replacement easily, I don't think you would have a big labor charge.
Do you or anyone here happen to have part numbers or pics?
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I did this myself last summer. took 15 minutes and cost $25 for the part from the dealer.

there are 3 blend door motors under and below the passenger dash you can access. if the clicking happens when you turn on the defroster, chances are it is the lower one (easiest to do). I suggest accessing the parts diagrams online (forgot the link, easy to google) to find out where they are exactly located (and to get part numbers). once you find where they are, it is easy to just be ready to repeat the condition and put your finger on the actuator it so you can feel if it is the one that is clicking.

this may help: http://www.svtperformance.com/forums...oor-motor.html

and: http://www.svtperformance.com/forums...l#post12777530

oh, and I didn't bother removing fuses or disconnecting the battery when I replaced it.

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