Problem Description and Possible Solution
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.
Average mileage: 104,650 (27,503–249,000)
122 people reported this problem
Every time the car starts I hear a clicking coming from behind the dashboard. It clicks for about 1 minute and then stops. I don't hear it again until the car is started again. If I start the car and then turn it off the clicking continues for about a minute and then stops.
clicking when you start car. then stops after 3-4 min. sound comes from top of dash board
Once I start the car, I hear a clicking noise from the behind the dash. When it started it was only about 45 seconds, now it is going on for about 1 1/2 minutes to 3 minutes. Now I hear at least two motors clicking. It affects the AC and the Heater function, to the point that the AC will run by itself when turned off, Half my windshield will not defrost (Passenger side) and I believe it has affect the entire AC system.
CLICKING NOISE FROM BHIND OF DASH . STOPS WHEN I TURN ON HEATER FAN
Clicking noise behind dash board.
clicking noise 45 seconds after engine started
Clicking noise for about 8 times every time I start the car
This has happened twice, first time covered by warranty,now doing it again, too expensive to fix.
Clicking repeating noise coming from inside the dashboard. Not all the time but I have heard this quite enough...
Everytime I start my car there is a very audible clicking noise from behind my dash. Sometimes when it is very cold there is not a noise. And when there isn't a noise, the heat doesn't work.
Clicking noise for about three minutes before stopping. Every time you start the car.
Starts up clicking noise and stops suddenly for no apparent reason.
I also had this problem along with several others started to appear right after the 100,000 mark on mileage. I have had several major issues for different failures like major oil leak that created failure of three/3 out of six cylinders (cost $2500), left seat control module two times (cost >$1200 every time), ESD failure (cost $2000), that locked my steering wheel, fuel pump and filter failure (cost $1200), two other reoccurring issues that are hard to explain and so on... like I can never get rid of light lamp/bulb failure signs even after I have replaced many of them over time. I don't think Mercedes even care about users' concerns any more. I think they are trying to get into car service business instead of selling reputed reliable cars.
Gotta take out the dash and replace a few motors and plastic clips. 6-10 hours depending on ability and tools
Clicking from behind the dash, no air blowing at feet.
Had clicking noise, mechanic found three actuators bad and replaced all ten because of dash removal labor cost of $1,000.plus
I have a clicking behind the dash for abour 3 minutes after each start.
There is a cliclking noise when I start the car first a fairly quiet one for about 30 seconds than a louder one for another 45 seconds.
clicking behind dashboard
too expensive to remove dashboard