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Possible AC fan rubbing 95 olds cutlass ciera

When the car is running, generally above idling speed, there is a mysterious rubbing sound. We think it may be the AC fan rubbing, but the weird part is that the sound goes away as soon as the brake is engaged. One theory is a spedometer cable could be in the way, but an expert opinion would be much appreciated.

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  • steal_this_p Jan 20, 2009

    Thanks, i'll be sure to try next time i hear the rubbing. Could prove difficult though, and I should have mentioned this before, but the sound only seems to occur when driving above 40-50 km/h.

  • steal_this_p Jan 21, 2009

    Sounds good. And how is this fixed?

  • steal_this_p Jan 21, 2009

    After more studying the sound i am pretty sure it is coming from inside the car, beneath the drivers side dash board, which leads me to believe that it is in fact the speedometer cable that is hitting the fan. Any suggestions on how to repair this?


    Thanks for the brake work stuff too, ill keep that in mind for the future.

  • steal_this_p Jan 23, 2009

    Good call, i'll try that.

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The next time it does this, locate heater blower motor and either give it a tap or grab a hold of it and see if it changes sound or goes away altogether. it could be squerl cage on heater fan maybe rubbing on heater box, or heater motor could be on its way out. if nothing happens when you do this at least you can elimenate that. it going away when you apply the break could just be happenstance, as heater motors start with little noise that last short time and progressely get worse over time. it also could be speedo cable, the cable itself runs inside a flexable tube, witch runs from speedo head to transmission and there is lubercant inside this tube and they can go bad, unless needle on speedo jumps around i dought its that. also i'am no expert, i just went to the school of hard knocks. hope something here will help. OLD SCHOOL.

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  • ccn7 Jan 21, 2009

    oh i did not know that i was under the impression it was at a stanstill. now it makes sense, sounds like a break draging, or not releasing all the way. that would acount for it going away when you apply the breaks.

  • ccn7 Jan 21, 2009

    this type of car has been known for calibers to go bad, by bad i mean when you apply breaks the caliber squezes the break pads aginst the rotor but will not retract when you take your foot off pedel hense rubbing sound. but first you got to determine where its comming from,(front or rear) and how long its been sense its had a break job. does it have rear disc breaks? if its been doing this for awhile, its best to get a break job. if its something your thinking of doing yourself it can be done purty cheep, guestament around $ 200.00 front and rear if its got rear drum breaks on rear, if rear disc at least $100.00 more, and this is just parts. remember this is just a guestament. whatever you deside i am here to help. OLD SCHOOL.

  • ccn7 Jan 21, 2009

    well if you think thats where its comming from than maybe it is, but tell me this, where is the fan at, that you think it is rubbing, i don't know of any fan on that side of car, the only two fans i know of are the heater fan and the cooling fans, and neither one is any wheres close to the speedo. cable. now that being said,you say its comming from left side under dash, i would say its the left front break. its hard to determine from inside the car, noise travels all over. before you spend $$ jack up left front of car and spin the wheel by hand and see if it makes the same noise. if it dosent, than step on the breaks and do it again.

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