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Old 11-19-2005, 09:13 AM
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cricket in the dash

Yesterday and today upon the 1st start in the AM, outside temp about 35F, comes a sound like a cricket from the center of the dash. Constant, without interruption, for about 2 minutes regardless of the heater fan on or off, then suddenly stops. All climate control buttons seem to work properly. Any ideas?
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Old 11-19-2005, 09:21 AM
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Whistling dash pod? That's my guess...
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Old 11-19-2005, 10:10 AM
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dash noise

I don't know. Perhaps the speedometer cable until it warms a bit. Start car and drive immediately while the noise is present and see if there is any "bouncing" in your speedometer readout.
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Old 11-19-2005, 02:05 PM
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Air sampler fan motor.
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Old 11-19-2005, 02:47 PM
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The blower motor may be on its last legs. It is located behind the centre dash, underneath the wiper assembly.

I had that cricket sound experience before. It became more frequent and eventually on all the time. Replacing the blower motor solved it.
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Old 11-19-2005, 02:50 PM
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Air sampler fan motor.

Does this sample the condition of the air inside the car as part of the automatic climate control system? If so, then I would expect it to stop when the ACC is off, but the noise persits even when the ACC is off.
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Old 11-19-2005, 02:52 PM
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The blower motor may be on its last legs. It is located behind the centre dash, underneath the wiper assembly.

I had that cricket sound experience before. It became more frequent and eventually on all the time. Replacing the blower motor solved it.

Can you give me an idea of what is removed to expose the blower motor?
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Old 11-19-2005, 02:58 PM
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See if this works...

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Old 11-19-2005, 03:02 PM
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Sorry, I just read in your thread that the cricket noise is there with ACC on or off.

In that case, it may not be the blower!

The cricket noise I heard in my case was the blower being worn, so the noise would not be there if the blower was not running.
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Does this sample the condition of the air inside the car as part of the automatic climate control system? If so, then I would expect it to stop when the ACC is off, but the noise persits even when the ACC is off.
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Mark
The sampler motor generates airflow over the inside temperature sensor, but I'm not certain that it's switched on by the CC controller. If the sound you're getting is a rythmic whirring, there are a limited number of suspects . . . the speedo cable, blower motor, sampler motor . . . not much else in the dash with a motor/bearing in the middle/right side of the dash.
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Old 11-19-2005, 04:03 PM
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Impala,
Thanks for the link re: blower motor

MTI,
Where is the sampler motor located?

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Old 11-19-2005, 06:27 PM
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In the W201 it's behind the glove box, but on other models I believe it's closer to the center console.
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:46 AM
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The sampler motor (I am pretty sure) is located on the same assembly as the sunroof switch and overhead lights. Look for the grill like thing. If I am wrong, someone please correct me.
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Old 11-26-2005, 07:56 AM
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The cricket noise continues, but it appears to eminate from the air vent on the passenger side at the end of the dash. It begins a few seconds after starting on a cold morning, and stops abruptly after about 2 minutes. No glove box to remove for investigation, as an air bag takes this area in the 94E320.
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Old 11-27-2005, 01:47 PM
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I believe the sampler motor is located down in the dash close to the glove box area (or where it would normally be on dual air bag cars). The intake is above as described, in the overhead interior light, sunroof switches.

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