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Old 03-24-2006, 05:20 PM   #1
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Has anyone noticed a whining/bird like sounding sound when you have your a/c fan on low. My 04 Ion did it and now my new 06 is starting it. I haven't checked to see if it is a common complaint, just wondering if anyone else noticed that off hand.
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Old 03-24-2006, 08:22 PM   #2
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Has anyone noticed a whining/bird like sounding sound when you have your a/c fan on low. My 04 Ion did it and now my new 06 is starting it. I haven't checked to see if it is a common complaint, just wondering if anyone else noticed that off hand.
Funny you mention that because, I noticed the sound when i brought my car home. but, it doesn't do it as much anymore. I'll have to drive with my music off to make sure it's completely gone. But it definently is a sort of a really low whistle/whiney sound.
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Old 03-24-2006, 08:40 PM   #3
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S-series do it too. Turn the radio up.
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Old 03-24-2006, 10:42 PM   #4
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Default Re: Sound when fan is on low

The only new fan noise i've noticed is after I've been playing a CD. When I park the car, eject the disc, turn off the stereo and move to switch off the ignition, I hear a very low humming sound. Maybe it's the car's cooling fans but it sounds too low-pitched for the "hair dryers" as I call 'em.

My '04 had a CD player too and I can't recall ever hearing it make this sound but it made plenty of its own bizarre noises. If this is the weirdest sound my '06 makes, I'll consider myself very fortunate.
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Old 03-24-2006, 11:45 PM   #5
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The sound you describe is not uncommon for some IONs. There have been more than a few comments made about it on here in the past. My 04' use to make that same chirping sound when on low speed. It never was very loud, just annoying. My fix was to turn the fan speed up a notch, which usually made the sound go away, and then I'd turn it back down if needed a few minutes later. Eventually, the sound just seemed to disappear all by its self...maybe by wearing in, what ever was causing it. A few people on here either had a extra loud one or were over sensative to the sound and had their retailer replace the fan motor. I just waited mine out.
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Old 03-25-2006, 08:22 AM   #6
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You may want to bring it to your retailer if its in the 3-36 warranty period. There is a bulletin that pertains to this issue. Your retailer can install a cap on the blower motor to deaden the sound. If not in 3-36 I wouldn't recomend it The price far outweighs the benefits. Bulletin #04-01-37-008
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Old 03-25-2006, 03:11 PM   #7
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Yay! I'm not crazy! Yeah I've been hearing this sometimes. Sounds like something's stuck in the fan but it only makes the noise on low and sometimes not at all. Thanks for the info, sattech. I did talk to service about it last time I scheduled an oil change, and they said they could fix it, but I forgot to remind them while I was there so I don't think it was fixed. Still hear it slightly.
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Old 03-25-2006, 08:52 PM   #8
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Bring it to your local dealer and tell them that you have a squeel on loww blower speeds.Because the way the HVAC case was desighned they will have to cut the case to remove the blower motor.But their is a fix to your problem.
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Old 03-25-2006, 10:31 PM   #9
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I say it's not worth it, since you never really notice it unless you have the radio off and you're searching for it. Mine does it too, always has. I like it.
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Old 03-26-2006, 02:14 AM   #10
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The dealer "fixed" mine a few months back per the TSB. Started again last week, I'm just going to pretend it's a fan on indicator from now on.
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Old 03-26-2006, 03:16 PM   #11
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My fan is pretty quiet, unless I turn it on and it's really cold out.. Then it makes a god aweful grinding/chirpping noise..
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Old 03-26-2006, 03:54 PM   #12
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My fan is pretty quiet, unless I turn it on and it's really cold out.. Then it makes a god aweful grinding/chirpping noise..

Mine is pretty quite also unless I turn it on.
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Old 03-26-2006, 11:16 PM   #13
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I dont really have a "chirping" sound. I just get what sounds like a normal whistling sound when on low that gets higher pitched as the engine is revved up (probably since the alternator is making more power).
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Old 03-27-2006, 08:31 AM   #14
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my 06 sounds like there is a bad bearing or too much slop in the shaft, but only on low speed, will probably need a new motor. best get any problems fixed during warranty or it may be customer pay later
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first check if there is debree in the air inlet in the cowl behind the wipers.
Then check your a/c air filter behind the glove box.
Then you have to remove the motor but you have to carefully cut it out and get a kit from the dealer to reinstall whether its the old one or a new one. Theres a service bullitin open for these vehicles. I am a mechanic and have the manuals for the ion. I'm also having the same problem. Just gotta find time to do it myself
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I know exactly the sound that you are referring to. I remedied the situation by taking out the blower motor and putting white lithium grease on all the moving parts of the motor. Then cleaning out all of the vents.
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Old 04-06-2006, 05:31 PM   #17
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How did you remove the motor without having the dealer's replacement kit?

On the Ions, you have to literally cut the motor out of the HVAC unit, and then screw it back in with a dealer-only ring with 6 screws.

Once you actually have that ring (that is, once the motor has been replaced once) it's easy to do, but the cars don't come from the factory with those metal rings installed.
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