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Old 12-31-2011, 08:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Loud clicking noise from inside dash.

There is an extremely loud clicking noise coming from somewhere inside the dash on the passanger side. The weird thing is when I turn on the ac fan, it stops. When I turn the fan off, it starts. Anyone have this issue before? Its driving me nuts!!!
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had something similar to this and it turned out to be leaves in the heater box.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Me too. My squirrel cage was full of leaves. I suspect if you only have one or two when you turn the fan on it get held in place by centrifugal force. This is how mine looked when I pulled it.
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Are you keeping it? Glad to hear it if you are...

I've made the most difficult decision.

I would follow antique's advice first for your ticking problem however.
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Seem to remember that Dictator had the problem &

it turned out to be leaves (as with Antique).
He also came up with an easy fix to prevent this happening in the future.
May want to contact him for the 'How to'
Believe he took a bunch of photos as it was a pain to get at & remove the squirrel cage
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Other than being in a spot that makes it hard on your back to look up it is pretty easy to pull. It took me about a half hour the first time but knowing where everything is would make it about a 15 miniute job to drop it again. I used dictators instructions.
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This was my "Clicking" noise.

I removed Blower Fan, cleaned out the leaves, remove wipers and cowl, put bug screen on the back side of the openings and replaced. Four Years ago now.

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Old 12-31-2011, 09:57 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Are you keeping it? Glad to hear it if you are...

I've made the most difficult decision.

I would follow antique's advice first for your ticking problem however.
I am keeping the R after all OP. Went to my credit union and they were able to work with me so I can afford to keep it. Great Xmas gift to myself! I was really saddened over getting rid of it.
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This was my "Clicking" noise.

I removed Blower Fan, cleaned out the leaves, remove wipers and cowl, put bug screen on the back side of the openings and replaced. Four Years ago now.

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Thanks Dicktator, I will try this first as it seems easy enough to do. I saw another post that suggested it was the ac actuator motor.....I sure hope that isnt what it is.
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I am keeping the R after all OP. Went to my credit union and they were able to work with me so I can afford to keep it. Great Xmas gift to myself! I was really saddened over getting rid of it.
FANTASTIC NEWS, Mikey . . . I cannot imagine you parting with your R.

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Old 12-31-2011, 10:41 AM   #11 (permalink)
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FANTASTIC NEWS, Mikey . . . I cannot imagine you parting with your R.

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Me either Doophus, it was like losing a part of me. Like my heart.....if I had one.
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Mickeyram, Any luck on pinpointing noise? Had what sounds much like yours turned out to be a/c acutator....had dealer replace.....hope yours was something simpler and cheaper..keep us posted....have 03 also 55k.......what was your miles?
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I have the same problem... I will investigate tomorrow!!!!
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:44 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I was giving the girl a Sponge Bath so I started taking the valance apart. After that I took out the glove box and removed the blower motor with no problem. The blower came out with ease, but that's not it... I turned on the accessory power and I still hear the popping noise inside the AC unit. CRAP!~ If I leave the blower on it doesn't make any noise. When I turn it off the blower popping starts. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
I'm only at 46K WTH?
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I was giving the girl a Sponge Bath so I started taking the valance apart. After that I took out the glove box and removed the blower motor with no problem. The blower came out with ease, but that's not it... I turned on the accessory power and I still hear the popping noise inside the AC unit. CRAP!~ If I leave the blower on it doesn't make any noise. When I turn it off the blower popping starts. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
I'm only at 46K WTH?
There is a flapper valve actuator in there somewher. Maybe it is stuck or something.
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:25 AM   #16 (permalink)
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My "R" had the noise you describe. It turned out to be a stripped actuator for the fresh air door and required major underdash surgery. Mine sounded more like a rythmic clicking noise and if I remember right, the noise stopped when I switched off the recirc mode.
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just had mine done last week before gmpp ran out.it's the actuator control.posted on here before there is a simpler way to get to it by just removing the glove box.i still had dealer do it and all is good now.
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Can anyone show me some pictures where it's located? I will try to research what it looks like, but since I still have everything apart I figured I would try to fix it myself.
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Can anyone show me some pictures where it's located? I will try to research what it looks like, but since I still have everything apart I figured I would try to fix it myself.
I swapped mine out as well, these part numbers are well known to break often. If you follow the bottom of the dash along the passenger kick panel you should see the large (4x6 inch) square air inlet housing for the AC/blower unit. Just to the right of that inlet you will see a module with a connector near the top of it. That is the acuator motor for the door, it opens and closes the flapper door for fresh and recirculate modes. What happens is that there are 2 plastic gears in there and one of the teeth break off. When the tooth breaks the motor never sees a closed position and continues to try. The snapping noice is the motor gears popping on the bad tooth.

I took mine apart and thoguht about just moving the gears 180 degrees but found a replacement at a decent price so just swapped it out. There are 2 bolts, forget what size but for some reason 8.5 mm sound correct. Very tight working area, jut go slow as to not drop anything and you should be good.
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Can anyone show me some pictures where it's located? I will try to research what it looks like, but since I still have everything apart I figured I would try to fix it myself.
I went out and took some pictures based on the description from Dragon2U. I cannot see what he is describing but maybe he can comment on which picture shows the item in question.
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I'm trying to find you a better picture, the only way to get a decent visual of it is to take off the glovebox and look back in the area described. To repair it you'll need the airbag out as well.

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Airbag? OMG! I still have it apart and I'm not going to put it back together till I figure it out.
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Sorry I was not able to do better. Good luck.
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I'm just glad someone is trying to help...
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I have the same annoying clicking up inside the dash. Clicks when you turn it off and no click when it is on. I hate it! Chevy sure put some cheap @$$ parts on these expensive trucks!
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Someone posted Pix of replacing those Gears. I think it was under the heading. Calibrating the HVAC Controls. If that doesn't work in your search. Try; Heater Calibration.

This may also be in the Library now.
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Thanks for your conversations, My noise has started a few weeks ago. My boys mentioned the actuator, but now I remember I did have a similar noise a few years back and it turned out to be leaves. A couple of options to try, thanks again.
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Thanks for your conversations, My noise has started a few weeks ago. My boys mentioned the actuator, but now I remember I did have a similar noise a few years back and it turned out to be leaves. A couple of options to try, thanks again.
We try.
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If anyone gets it done please post pics. My two tone has the same problem. I was told it was the actuator. Clicks when in the fresh air setting and stops in the recirculation setting.

If it's just the gear, could you not just replace it? The gear I mean.
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Go to this post. It has pictures.

http://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/f5/b...-leaves-45766/

Not very difficult but a pain to get in postion to see what you are doing.
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