Clicking Noise From Behind Center of Dash on Mercedes-Benz C240

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.

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Average mileage: 104,066 (27,000–255,783)
5 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005
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So, is it okay to drive the car if the Stepper Motor Actuating Arm is broken? I certainly would not want to further damamge the car. Just want to know how much time I have to get my monies together.
recently began - hear the "clicking noise" upon startup for about 60 secs - seems to be from the AC/Heater so I turn it off and on. while the noise is "clicking" air flow is greatly impared. Not liking what I read here as sounds like it is going to be yet another expensive repair from what I though was a High Quality Automobile - Mecedes - NOT! just a very expensive automobile to maintain and OFTEN! very disappointed!
clicking noise under the center of the dash upon starting the vehicle. Heater only blows at the windshield and never anywhere else no matter how I set the air flow controls.
Clicking sound behind the dash. Clicks 8-9 times then stops. Dealer diagnosed as a $439 repair.
broken stepper motor actuating arm
same clicking noise behind dashboard
clicking noise from center dash area. direction of airflow no longer operative. tt would occur for 3 minutes then stop. After 6 month broken rod shorted out a wire inside dash causing fire and driver side fuse box to melt. noise stopped after fire. did not fix car . rewired fuses 31 + 32 and after 3 months of sending pictures to mdusa they said it was not mercedes problem
Price of $1200.00 to fix and this prices not from the dealer.
I have the exact same problem. At every start there is a ticking sound coming from behind the air vent and last for few minutes. Air conditioning has been effected since then.
As described by others, clicking noise heard when turning on Heat / AC. Sounds like flappers moving in vents as air flow changes between outlets. Usually stops after a few minutes. Quita annoying.
clicking noise when the car is started that goes away after may be 20 seonds.
actuating arm broke. arm was rubbing against heater fan motor wire until it wore a hole threw insulation. must have caused short which burned up under dash area car was total loss. thank you mercedes benz
clicking noise behind dash
clicking sound from the front dash sounds like it comes from the back for about three min then goes away
Clicking noise behind the dashboard
problem continues, I cannot afford the repairs on this car anymore, there have been too many
makes clicking noise center of dash board
I have the same clicking noise from behind the steering wheel, with interrupted air flow. lasts for about 3 mins..
Same issue...sound happens upon start-up and lasts about 30 seconds. Some air flow settings no longer work. I wonder why it happens when I start the car even though the fan blower is of? Mechanic said $800 due to labor: have to remove the dashboard console to access the and replace the part.
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