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      09-16-2018, 12:00 PM   #1
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Loud Air Conditioning Buzzing/rattling sound? Video attached

Hi all,

I've tried searching for this problem but haven't found anything, or I'm not searching for the right thing but I have noticed when the air conditioning is in use, there is a noticeable rattle/buzzing sound.

This sound only appears when the A/C button is pressed (see video) and it builds and drops with the revs of the car. I'm not really sure what this could be, but with the hot summer we had this year it definitely became noticeable especially at low speeds.

Any ideas what it could be or certain things i should look into?

The car recently went in to have the air con blasted to remove musty smells and I saw that it was also 'topped up' but I'm sure its been going on for a while.


Video link below, just turn your volume up to hear what I'm talking about.




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      09-17-2018, 04:47 AM   #2
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sounds like the compressor. I had a similar noise in an old 911 and it was apparently due to low refrigerant not lubricating the compressor. I have no idea about these but presume the refrigerant pushes the oil through the compressor? so low refrigerant, bad lubrication. Perhaps take it back and get them to check levels.

But with all noises, could be anything!
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sounds like the compressor. I had a similar noise in an old 911 and it was apparently due to low refrigerant not lubricating the compressor. I have no idea about these but presume the refrigerant pushes the oil through the compressor? so low refrigerant, bad lubrication. Perhaps take it back and get them to check levels.

But with all noises, could be anything!
I think you could be right. Ive tried to do a bit more searching and came across this video which is pretty much the same problem. Poster stated that his was "low on refrigerant and lubrication oil for the compressor".

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sounds like it. Did you take it back to the aircon guys?
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sounds like it. Did you take it back to the aircon guys?
Haven't managed to yet. It was an indy I went to, its due to go back in soon so will update with what the outcome is.
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Haven't managed to yet. It was an indy I went to, its due to go back in soon so will update with what the outcome is.
It's a long shot, but did you ever sort this? Just had my aircon refilled and now have the same noise when in use. I used Kwik Fit near me to do it

Edit - Took the motor out from under the glovebox and it was full of leaves. Removed leaves and nice and quiet again

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It's a long shot, but did you ever sort this? Just had my aircon refilled and now have the same noise when in use. I used Kwik Fit near me to do it

Edit - Took the motor out from under the glovebox and it was full of leaves. Removed leaves and nice and quiet again
I haven't unfortunately, I've been putting up with it for the moment (and using the windows/sunroof instead!) as other things needed sorting. The car is going in for some work again soon so I will mention this motor to see if that sorts it.
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I haven't unfortunately, I've been putting up with it for the moment (and using the windows/sunroof instead!) as other things needed sorting. The car is going in for some work again soon so I will mention this motor to see if that sorts it.
Mine was full of leaves
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Mine was full of leaves
Is access to this motor easy? Something the average person can do or are specialist tools required?
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Mine was full of leaves
Is access to this motor easy? Something the average person can do or are specialist tools required?
Very easy. A couple of torx screws to remove the lower trim on the glove box, then a couple more torx screws for the motor (you can see it as soon as you remove the underneath panel)
Then lift a tab and twist, the motor will fall out.
I'm not great at car DIY, but used a YouTube video
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