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Old 03-26-2007, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default Whiz then Click Every 20 Seconds When AC Fan On

As stated in the title, my girlfriend's 1998 Saturn SL2 makes a whiz then click sound every 20 seconds when the AC fan is running.

This occurs whether the A/C is on or off, and whether the recirculate feature is on or off. The noise is coming from somewhere behind the glove box.

The problem sounds like its coming from some sort of stripped gear mechanism, but I can't be sure.

I found a thread that referred to it as a flapper thing, and to check rockauto for the part's proper name, but I couldn't figure it out.
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79218

Anyone have the official name of the part?

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Old 03-26-2007, 01:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: Whiz then Click Every 20 Seconds When AC Fan On

One name is for the 'blend door' that controls the amount of hot or cold air while the other one is called the 'mode door' that controls where to aim the airflow; feet, face and feet, defrost window, and recirculate. The actuator motor(s) positions these doors. I've learned a few things since.

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Old 03-26-2007, 01:46 PM   #3
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Default Re: Whiz then Click Every 20 Seconds When AC Fan On

Thanks for the quick reply. Are these Saturn dealer only items, or can they be found in the aftermarket as well?

Under the Heating and Air Conditioning tab for this model of Saturn, I didn't see anything at Rock Auto with those names.

I also did a quick check on Saturnparts.net and didn't see anything there either.

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The names came from a service manual and I would think that if they're not available in the aftermarket then a dealer is next or the junk yard. Have you tried the various ads on this site selling used parts? The actuator motor may be the only item that can be replaced whether the dealer has them or not. I'm guessing its the mode door and you may have to go exploring under the dash to determine which side has the mode actuator that's binding. Its just a guess though about it being the mode door.

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