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Cricket-like squeaking sound coming from passenger-side dashboard. Does not vary with speed, road bumps, fan/AC speed. Mercury tech says it may be the "actuator," and that it would cost about $500 to repair. There's no sign of anything malfunctioning, just the squeaking/cricket sound. Can I find a part online? Can I do the repair without highly specialized tools? Should I worry about it at all?

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Its likely the fan motor fan is rubing on the plastic houseing or something fell down into the defroster vent . You could try to realign the motor from under the hood its on the fire wall on the drivers side . Try loosening the nuts that hold it to the fire wall then turn the fan on and shift it around see if it stops if it dose then tighen it back up . If not you could remove the nuts and pull the motor uot and stick your hand inside the housing to see if something did fall inside . Idon;t think you need any new parts the fan motor isn't old enough to have a warn bearing issue unless the fan cage is cracked but thats is not an expensive part and farly simple to replace

Posted on Mar 26, 2011

  • Justin Kline Mar 02, 2012

    My Mercury Mariner Hybrid has this same noise. It is not the fan motor because as the original post points out the noise is constant and does not vary with engine speed nor fan speed. I am suspecting there is a pump to circulate coolant that needs a drop of oil, I have not had to to investigate.

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