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Re: how do i get to the recriclation motor under the dash
It is accesed by removing the glovebox ,its located on the outside edge of the heaterbox,they are a bit tricky to replace so unless you are confident i would take it to a dealer.if you get a new one you will see how it mounts ,1 of the screws it akward.best of luck.
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You should always make sure that the parts you put back are compatible with the parts you take off. If i am not mistaken, there is another fan resistor outside under the hood, and one inside under the passenger side dash panel, if your motor is inside. One outside is for high, and the one inside is for low, medium, and medium high. If you know for a fact both speed control resistors are good, replace the switch on the dash panel. To check to see if the dash switch is not making good contact, take the switch while it is still in, and on low, high, or medium, push the switch lever to the right or left gentlely to see if it makes any contact. These year model cars are notoriuos of having fan motor issues early........
clicking noise could be blower motor bearing failure or blower motor fan work itself loose.you can fix.removing lower instrument cover to get to blower motor.you need turn off radio first to keep from losing code then turn off ignition remove keys.you need to disarm airbags by disconnecting the negative battery cable wait 20 minutes before working under dash when done reconnect negative battery cable.when disconnecting negative battery probably have reprogram door locks.and the ECM has relearn memory. some times you have to reprogram radio also you can fix problem but many things has to be reprogram.if first time doing mechanic work best find good mechanic or let dealership fix.
It could be the air temperature control actuator motor drive that makes this noise, have the dealer check it. It requires the dash to be removed to replace it and the door it moves, which is most likely sticking.
I have the same car and just fixed the exact same problem you just described. It is NOT a vacuum problem. The blend door is electronically controlled my a small motor under the dash, to the right of the steering column. The clicking is coming from a stripped gear in that small motor unit. On my Taurus X, what caused the motor to fail was the blend doors (which open and close depending on what your vent setting is on) getting stuck. That caused the motor gears to strip out and make a clicking sound every time the automatic climate control tried to move the blend doors. The fix required a substantial amount of the dashboard to be taken apart. The blend doors were re adjusted and the motor control unit replaced. I had the Ford dealership do the repair and it cost me $450. (Ouch!) To make sure that's your problem, you can follow the clicking sound. You'll have to get on your back and look under the dash on the drivers side. Have somebody press the defrost button to cause the clicking sound. Once you find the small unit you can actually feel the gears slipping when it makes the clicking sound. It's really tight under there though and you'll probably need a flashlight.
The blend door actuator motor is located under the front center of the dash at the bottom of the windshield. It does require the removal of the dash. I have changed several of them myself. You can usually tell if it is bad by a clicking sound coming from that area of the dash. It is an electrical motor and it is a plastic gear about the size of the tip of your little finger that causes the failure.
Listen real close under dash when trying other windows, and see if you don't hear faint click with them too. I'm guessing your driver side motor is tired, but perhaps a little lube and some coaching, it will come back again, otherwise door panel will have to come off to try a few things, or replace motor. It's the one that gets most used, so is most likely to give out first.