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PostSubject: Rubbing Sound from Dash - Blend Door?   Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:18 pm

For a long, long time (I've just gotten used to it), I've been hearing weird rubbing noises from under the dash whenever I turn the A/C or heat on. The noises almost sound like something rubbery is brushing up against something else over and over, almost randomly and only for a set period of time - then it suddenly stops. This sometimes happens and sometimes doesn't... it's not 100% replicable.

So, I'm thinking my blend door actuator may be sticking somehow but I really have no idea. The sound is *not* the "cricket chirping" sound that sometimes happens right when someone turns on air/heat; the rubbing noises will happen at any time while the air is on. Judging by the fact that I'll hear them almost randomly, it seems like the blend door actuator comes on to let more air into the cabin if it senses the cabin temperature does not match what I set the HVAC to. Does this sound right?

Any help would be awesome. Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Rubbing Sound from Dash - Blend Door?   Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:57 pm

I second this, I have the same issue.
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PostSubject: Re: Rubbing Sound from Dash - Blend Door?   Sat Dec 07, 2013 5:08 pm

Bump - anybody have any hints / experience with this issue?

I'm going snooping under the dash tomorrow to see if I can pinpoint the problem. Good to know I'm not alone in this, Todd! poop 
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PostSubject: Re: Rubbing Sound from Dash - Blend Door?   Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:15 pm

ZEP wrote:
For a long, long time (I've just gotten used to it), I've been hearing weird rubbing noises from under the dash whenever I turn the A/C or heat on. The noises almost sound like something rubbery is brushing up against something else over and over, almost randomly and only for a set period of time - then it suddenly stops. This sometimes happens and sometimes doesn't... it's not 100% replicable.

So, I'm thinking my blend door actuator may be sticking somehow but I really have no idea. The sound is *not* the "cricket chirping" sound that sometimes happens right when someone turns on air/heat; the rubbing noises will happen at any time while the air is on. Judging by the fact that I'll hear them almost randomly, it seems like the blend door actuator comes on to let more air into the cabin if it senses the cabin temperature does not match what I set the HVAC to. Does this sound right?

Any help would be awesome. Thanks!
Check the big white gear in the actuators.  My car was making a similar noise and the drivers side temperature would be stuck on full cold at the same time.  It would do this for a week or two and then it would work again.  I would check the ones that control the temperature first and then check the others.  If it does turn out to be that, you can get a used one from Morad's for around $30. There are actuators on both sides of the vehicle. http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t2500-write-up-hvac-assembly#27279

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