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#58 of 82 Cricket Sound only when cold
Oct 16, 2009 (5:27 am)
Weather in DC has turned cold again, and my noise from the early spring has returned in my 2008 FEH FWD. It sounds like a loud, overcaffeinated cricket in the passenger side footwell. The noise begins immediately on starting the engine, and continues regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, gas or electric mode, a/c fan on or off - basically it's just continuous regardless of what the car is doing. It only occurs when the temperature gets below 55 degrees outside. It's annoying as can be, and so loud that it makes listening to the radio or talking on the phone hard. The sound reminds me of a failing motor bearing. Is there some sort of small cooling fan in this area that is constantly on? Perhaps an electronics cooling fan? Please help - going nuts. I plan on taking the car to the dealer next week, but it's very inconvenient for me, and would like to troubleshoot to prevent a multi-day stay at the dealer.
#59 of 82 Re: Cricket Sound only when cold [y2kimmel]
Oct 16, 2009 (7:53 am)
" It's annoying as can be, and so loud that it makes listening to the radio or talking on the phone hard. The sound reminds me of a failing motor bearing. Is there some sort of small cooling fan in this area that is constantly on?"
I hear this sound periodically, but it is most noticed when the windows are open. Try it, and I think you may find that the sound is really LOUD outside the vehicle. To me is sounds like something in the suspension, but I have not had it checked out. It is very sporadic on my 2008 AWD.
#60 of 82 Re: Cricket Sound only when cold [stevedebi]
Oct 16, 2009 (9:15 am)
It can't be the suspension - I hear the sound loudest inside the car, barely can hear it on the outside, and the noise occurs constantly, even when the car isn't moving. Thanks for taking a stab at it though.
#61 of 82 Re: Cricket Sound only when cold [y2kimmel]
Nov 21, 2009 (7:57 am)
Blower motor bearing noise. Mercedes-Benz has a blower motor to cool the electronic control units IN the giant fuse box in the engine compartment. It draws air from the passenger compartment to cool the components. The blower motor that does this makes a "cricket" sound right behind instrument cluster, especially when started in the morning during cool/cold weather. The sound goes away after 2-3mins.
#62 of 82 Noise coming from AC Vents
Apr 23, 2010 (10:19 am)
I have a 2008 FEH and lately, I've been hearing this odd, rattling noise coming from the AC like there's something stuck in the vents. When I have it on a low fan setting, I don't notice it as much as I do when I have the high fan setting on.
Even after everything is turned off, I sometimes hear it. And then sometimes I don't hear anything at all regardless if the AC is on or not.
I had thought it was the CD skipping from the Navigation system but am not too sure anymore.
Any recommendations will be great!
#64 of 82 fuse box location
Oct 15, 2010 (1:24 pm)
where is the fuse box located on the 2005 ford escape hybrid
#65 of 82 Re: Noise coming from AC Vents [rose2008feh]
Oct 26, 2010 (11:19 am)
Have the same sound on my 2008 FEH, my guess is it is something coming from the blower motor. My car is out of warranty so i'm planning on just living with it unless someone comes up with a fix!
#66 of 82 Re: Cricket Sound only when cold [y2kimmel]
Jan 25, 2011 (10:30 am)
I have this same exact sound in my 2008 FEH!! I also live in DC and I just started noticing it in the cold weather. Were you ever able to figure out what it was? I have about 3 months left on the warranty (and about 5K miles). It's really annoying.
#67 of 82 Re: Cricket Sound only when cold [dc_feh]
Jan 25, 2011 (4:29 pm)
I'm certain that it's much colder up here in the Rocky Mountains of Canmore, Alberta yet I've never had any squeaky noises from my 2008 FEH.
Despite temperatures as low as -33F this year (even colder in past years), the only creaking or squeaking I hear is from my own aging body.