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Mercedes-Benz CLK500 Broken Stepper Motor Actuating Arm May Cause Clicking Noise From Behind Dash

Mercedes-Benz CLK500 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Average Mileage: 84,764 mi (18,000 mi - 135,000 mi)


A repetitive clicking noise from behind the center area of the dash panel is usually caused by a broken stepper motor actuating arm. The actuating arm controls the direction of air flow in the climate control system. Disassembly of the center console will be required to access and change the broken arm with the updated, reinforced part.

  •  Rookie

    Under the driver side a damper flaper snper 5x after every start up. After removeing the under dash cover I could see everything. It looks as if a motor or a arm is not moveing the way it should. This is not fixed,can anyone help.

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    same problem i have 2004 clk 500 and the noise behind the dash continues even with car completely shut off and my a/c blows cold but doesnt blow like it should like as if it was blocked.???

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  • Visitor, , 128,000 mi

    clicking behind the dash on start up, clicks 5 times, then repeats for a minute or two before it stops completely. this happens every time I start the car.

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  • Visitor, , 135,000 mi

    I have the same problem with my 2004 Mercedes CLK500. Noise coming from behind the center console.

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  •  Rookie

    Clicking noise that seems to be coming from the center of the dashboard, upon start up. After a few minutes the noise disappears. My Service Advisor mentioned that it is coming from the AC/Heater system, flapper. In time, the noise has disapated

    There has been no effect on the performance of the system. At 115,000 miles, I'm getting another noise that also sounds like rapping from the front dashboard. You get to live with it.

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  • Visitor, , 95,000 mi

    I was advised not to try to pull the dash apart to fix this, after a few months it went away, or sometimes still heard but very quietly and short lived.

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  • I haven't had this problem repaired yet.

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  • Visitor, , 110,000 mi

    loud squeaking noise when starting the car cold

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  • Visitor, , 98,000 mi

    loud clicking noise for about 3 minutes on car start up and the passenger side is usually what it affects.

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  • Visitor, , 62,000 mi

    Upon starting my ignition, I hear a clicking sound from the middle of the dash board

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