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Old 01-03-2003, 06:31 PM
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Your kinda in the right spot, but you didn't need to remove your glovebox. You need to remove the lower kick panel, held in by 3 small screws on the top, one plastic screw to the left and one metal screw to the right once you remove the side wall by pulling it twoards you.
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Old 01-03-2003, 06:56 PM
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Thanks Turbodiesel,
I just looked at the passengerside. In order to get the right side out, it looks like I need to remove the carpet in the footwell. Under the carpet is a black plastic panel, that overlaps the side panel. It
a. has an air-bag warning on not to disconnect a ten-pole connector unless battery is disconnected,
b. seems to be screwed at the bottom to the front.
I take it that has to come out too.
Do I need to disconnect battery or is it still save just to remove that black panel? There is no passenger airbag as far as I know.
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Old 01-03-2003, 07:31 PM
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No need to remove that panel, or the plug. I am taking about the carpet covered duct right above your knees. Sorry if I confused you.
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Old 01-03-2003, 07:57 PM
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I'm getting confused because I think we're talking about two different fans.

There is an auxilary fan in the kick panel under the dash that Turbodiesel is talking about.

The other fan is the aspirator fan is right directly underneath the passenger air vent, just to the right of the glove box.

I don't know which one is actually making the squeaking noise, but I think it's the aspirator motor fan below the air vent.
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Old 01-03-2003, 08:26 PM
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Turbodiesel,
I don't think you confused me. It is just that I cannot take the sidewall off in order to get to that screw on the right that holds that "kneepiece". The floorpiece seems to overlap. I 'll try tomorrow with some turning/lifting before I unscrew.

Suginami,
take a look at my photo. It is a shot to the right from where the glovebox used to be. I don't see anything that resembles a fan motor unless it is in that black plastic hose.
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Old 01-03-2003, 08:30 PM
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Mine was in the black plastic hose.
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Old 01-03-2003, 08:43 PM
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Suginami,
so you push the accordeon-type hose up or down and there it is?
Would have never occured to me to open that up.
I'll give it another try tomorrow.
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Old 01-03-2003, 09:02 PM
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It's been so long that I don't remember.

On second thought, it's not inside the tube, but sort of next to it. I did have to pull off the tube to get to the fan motor.
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Old 01-03-2003, 09:10 PM
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You just really have to yank at it. Pull it twoards you, it's held in with two clips.
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Old 01-05-2003, 03:11 PM
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Well, I got it out far enough to take a look at it, but the lower panel seems still to be stuck at the left side, even after I took out 5 screws and a sixth that connects the black plastic panel to it. A look through it reveals this:
I assume that is the fan motor.
Suginami, you can also see it from the glovebox behind the black plastic hose, but it seems to be better to get to from the lower panel.
Turbodiesel, do you just pull or is there a twist to it?
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Old 01-05-2003, 05:17 PM
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Well, in any event, you found it.

That fan in the picture looks like the aspirator motor, although mine is much smaller.

FWIW, Mercedes is making this part smaller and smaller. My mechanic showed me one from a W202 C class, and it was at least half the size as mine.
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Old 01-05-2003, 06:04 PM
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does anyone know if this motor is present on the early model W126's?????
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Old 01-05-2003, 06:30 PM
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It has to be there on earlier models.
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Old 01-05-2003, 08:15 PM
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That's the same exact part in my 126 that buzzes for the first 1 minute after cold start up. At a quick glance it looked like a transformer to me.
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Old 01-05-2003, 08:17 PM
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There is a certain art to taking out that duct, and a real pain in the ass to get back in. It's kind of a puzzle of duct work. It is probably caught on the left side duct, just wrestle with it, it will come out.
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