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Old 03-24-2011, 09:31 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I have a 99 Civic that's been running pretty well (still is). Most large stuff was replaced less than 3 months ago (belts, etc). I usually keep the heater on the lowest notch, just because I like to be warm. Today I noticed that when I switched it on, there was a fan-like sound coming from the glove compartment area. The best way I can describe it is that it sounds like one of those little toy fans that don't move very fast. This happens no matter what setting it's on, and also with the AC. What could be making it do this? I imagine it's just going to be an annoyance and nothing to worry about, but thought I'd ask just in case. Thanks!
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:03 PM
 
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Be sure something has not fallen into the fan like a small piece of paper first. The noise wont hurt a thing and most likely the heater motor is worn enough for it to let the fan touch the case it sits in. When it wears completely out it will stop or blow a fuse when you try to turn it on
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:19 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Yeah it is likely something could have fallen in as I park under trees and it was raining yesterday. So, I shouldn't worry about it? What happens when a fuse is blown for this kind of thing?
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:53 PM
 
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The fuse kills the circuit. If you have access to an air hose maybe blow some air into all of the ducts and see if this will dislodge anything in the fan. I wont cost you to try this first.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:26 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I will go to the gas station and try blowing some air in it tomorrow. If the circuit is "killed"...basically that just means the heater won't work right? Just making sure I'm clear on what you're saying. I obviously know nothing about cars!
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:52 PM
 
Location: un peu près de Chicago
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If the circuit is "killed"...basically that just means the heater won't work right?
The heater will work, but the fan won't.

Noises like that drive me up the wall.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:06 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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like others said, its most likely a leaf and will blow out on its own soon
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The heater will work, but the fan won't.

The AC compressor won't kick in unless it detects a functioning fan.
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