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Old 11-22-2009, 04:52 PM
01x5 01x5 is offline
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Question Helpp please... veryy annoyingg!!

I have noticed in my 2001 x5 4.4i that I have a whining noise comming from the dash ... When I turn my air completly off the noise stops...If its on low i can hear it very clearly. Has anyone had this issue before .....Any ideas would be greatly apprectated. Thanks
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Old 11-23-2009, 11:22 PM
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you might have something stuck in the air vents , when you turn the air on , it might be a leaf or something , i had this in a car , i turned the air on full and it cleared , must have blown what ever was in it out .x
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:27 PM
johnt1436 johnt1436 is offline
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My car does the same thing. I thought it was just how the fan is supposed to sound. No?

'07 328i convertible
'03 X5 4.4i
'93 318i sedan
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Old 11-28-2009, 02:59 AM
fodawg89 fodawg89 is offline
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Ive had this in my car. i had something in the air vents too. the sound went after a while. blast the air in the car
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:15 AM
n2red n2red is offline
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Don't know if you mean .... whine, or whirr.... adjectives being what they are..., but most BMW automatic temp controls, the ones that allow you to set a given temperature, and have the system maintain it, have a small fan, about 2 inches round, inside the control head itself that circulates the air that is inside the vehicle on to a temp sensor.

This sensor sends this information to actuate the solenoids near the heater coil to add heat, or mix with the a/c unit.

A way to see if this is what you are hearing, put your ear close to the small opening/slots at the front of the dash mounted heater/ac controls. This fan doesn't change speeds like the blower vent. It just sees that the temp probe has a fresh air reading.

If this isn't it, then your blower fan blades are contacting something. A worn fan assembly develops a little radial play.

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