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Dash removal 1996 lincoln tc

The ac is working but there is a clicking noise [constant] located in the area behind the radio and the temperature controls. some one told me it was some kind of gate or door thats vacume driven. I'm good at mechanical stuff so iI wiuld like to find the problem and fix it. A repair type said that it would cost $500.00 for a shop to fix. HELP

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  • autiger57 Nov 23, 2008

    Hi, I finally took it to Ford and $1200.00 fixed it. Now they say the heater cvore is leaking. guess this old 97 at 81,000 miles needs a new home.


  • markjschwab May 11, 2010

    I have the same problem on my 93 tc, and am working on it now. If the heater control wire harness is removed, the clicking stops. If you have fixed it yet I welcome any tips.




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Most likely they ( the Ford dealer) cracked the heater core when they pulled the dash to fix the other problem, I worked as a Ford dealer tech for 20 years and this is entirely possible.

For poster markjschwab, the noise is the blend door motor, so your dash will need to be removed to fix that issue, be careful of the heater core or just replace it while the dash is out, they are cheap.

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