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Old 05-13-2012, 07:58 PM
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Clattering / Rattling Climate Control Pushbutton

Climate control pushbutton unit rattles/clatters like jiffy pop when cabin temp gets close to what's set on the temp dial. I can move it to a more extreme temp and it will stop until the cabin temp gets close to that setting, then it will clatter again. Sounds like a relay that can decide whether to turn on or off, so it just flutters between on/off. Anyone know what can cause this? Thanks.
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:03 PM
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With no info on your car its hard to troubleshoot.
I just had the same thing happen to my 82 300SD. Pull your control unit and look at the circuit board.
Do a search on re-soldering the control unit.

In my case the relays had broken away from the board. The temp wheel had a bunch of crud on it as well.
As you describe it would make a loud buzzing chattering noise.

I replaced mine with a new control unit I had on hand.
No further noise and the auto actually works now.

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Old 05-19-2012, 02:54 PM
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The hysteresis circuitry in the unit isn't functioning, or its getting such noisy inputs that its being completely confused.

I concur.. swap it out, or at least try resoldering it, and see what changes. That's kind of the sledge hammer approach to diagnostics, but its a good first place -- if the problem isn't a loose connection to the temp sensor or a broken temp sensor (which don't seem likely), then its probably a loose connection or out of spec component inside the ACC itself that's affecting the hysteresis circuit.

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