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2003 ford explorer, clicking noise when heater is on

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by crx_ef8, November 22, 2008.

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      crx_ef8 New Member

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      *sigh* I been have soo many problems with this car.
      everytime when I turn on the heater I hear a clicking noise under the dashboard. it sounds like a thump thump, and if i turn it over the ac its gone...

      went to a shop they say it would be around 1k to have it fix!
      anyone know what this could be?
       
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      its the "blend door" and yes you have to pull the dash out to replace it-i work at ford
       
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      im sorry but what is "blend door"? can you be more specific? thanks
       
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      its a plastic translucent looking square that when you twist the hot/cold knob it proportions the hot/cold air into the cabin...if you have rear air you will have a rear one too in the wheel well inside....
       
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      It's probably the blend door actuator and you can change it without removing the whole dash. You will need to remove the floor console, the panel below the steering wheel, and the dash brace on the driver's side. Then there is just enough room to replace the actuator. Check out this thread:
      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=198271
      There are some good pictures in there posted by Fairfaxexplorer to show where the actuator is located and what it looks like. If you have more questions about doing it I suggest you add a post to that thread. Good luck.
       
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      thank you!
       
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      actuator

      thanks guys for taking the time to post the stuff on replacing the blemd actuator you dont have to take the dash out to do it it took about 3 hrs to get it done and that was going to get the part thanks again it saved about $700
       
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      definately the actuator. I replaced mine from this website. Garage tried to tell me it was the blend door and would cost around 600 bones.
       
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      Yep, read that post over a few times and have the instructions with you.

      I did mine 2 months ago. Isnt a horriable job. 8mm ratching wrench is a big must I found. I did have to trim a little bit of the underside of the dash( 1/2inch by 4 inch lip that was in the way sorta), but you cant see it.




      Cost- 60$ for the actuator. Get the ford one! I know the aftermarket makes them, but not worth the 20$-30$ maybe on what you save.
      ....

      there is another fix where they replace the blend door with a stainless one. I dont see that needed as the actuator has a plastic small gear that busted (the clicking noise you are hearing).



      Or you can rip the dash out, lol. your call ;)

      Keep us updated and if you need any help along the way post back.
       
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      lol, i forgot to read your last post> ! . Glad you got it fixed. Told ya it wasnt that bad.



      Wonder the ford shop worker/Patrick has tried just to replace the 60$ part. :) But he gets payed to work on fords, so why not rip out the dash ;)
       
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      i to now how much is cost heater motor
       
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      Good find! Do you know there is a thread on our forum for replacing the Blend Door Actuator?

      Here is the Explorer Forum thread for replacing the blend door actuator: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=294140
       
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      Welcome to the forum! :salute:

      Could you be a little more specific? Thanks.
       
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      Question - if this is a known problem with the Explorer why aren't they fixing it?! I'm having the exact same problem and have NO heat - this morning it was 13 degrees out ! Hoping I'm able to fix it for the parts price and soon !

      Was pretty cool that I found the problem on here though !!

      Still think Ford should be responsible for it though!

      Lisa
       
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      Welcome aboard! :salute:

      Good luck with the fix. Be sure to keep us posted!

      How To: Replace Blend Door Actuator in 3rd Gen Ex
       
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      how do I know if its the door or the actuator?
       
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      Welcome to the forum Mmennuti. :salute:

      If you here the clicking noise when you change the temp selector, it is most likely the blend door actuator. Click me for the how to on replacing the blend door actuator.
       
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      im having the same problem except it only happens when i turn the knob as far as it will go but if i back it off a lil still on the red it stops and still blows out a great amount of heat. works great besides the clicking noise.
       
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      Does cold air come out when you have the A/C on? How about any clicking when you turn the dial all the way to cold? Sounds like your actuator is on the way out. That's how mine was and one day it wouldn't move from cold, just clicking.
       
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      i have a 2003 ford explorer it has a ticking sound in it but its been there from day 1 any ideals i have replaced the blend doors so its not the heat its under the hood any i deals it doesnt smoke skip or slip helpp
       
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      i have a 2004 Explorer XLT. When i Turn the temperature guage up (hot) it starts making a loud clicking noise also no heat. Is this the actuator motor or the blend door??
       
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      Welcome aboard!! :salute:

      That sounds like it's the blend door actuator. Here is the write-up for replacing it: How To: Replace Blend Door Actuator in 3rd Gen Ex

      Good luck with the fix! :biggthump

      Please keep us posted as feedback helps others reading this post looking for a fix to the same or similar issue!
       
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      i did my wife's like 6 months ago but i just took out the stereo and the plastic surrounding it to include the vents, it was kinda a pia but so is the way the write up explains but less removal of items. depending on the tool selection that is. the motor wasnt that expensive either. best of luck to you. btw if you try it my way you will see it on the driver side if you look under the dash (take the plastic kick panel off and i think i removed the center console as well but it took alot of maneuvering.
       
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      Well how about the rear blend door where is it and how hard is it to replace.
       

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