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There is a loud clicking noise coming from behind the glovebox in my 2004 chev cavalier. The clicking happens whether the fan is on or not. However, I can get the clicking to stop if I turn the recircultion of air in car option on rather than the defrost, etc. The heat and a/c work great, but the clicking noise worries me. What could this be and what would it cost to fix it approximately?

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The clicking noise is caused by one of the electric actuator motors that opens and closes the airflow doors withing the AC/heater ducting, more than likely the door is sticking and this causes the motor gear drive to slip as the tiny Nylon gears slip by each other and you hear a click. As far as the cost goes I haven't worked on this particular model yet but likely the dash must be removed to service the problem parts, about $800.00 would be a ball park estimate. Contact your local GM dealer for a repair estimate.

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Hi, your recirculation door actuator has stripped it's gears. The actuator costs $45 at autozone. Unfortunately I have not replaced one of these on your model and do not have the procedure. See if you can spot the actuator by following the sound. It should be above the passenger's feet, where the fresh air comes in, but it may be hard to get to. Removing the glove box may help, but you may have to remove the dash.
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