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xantia buzzing dashboard help

Post by andrewphillips » 18 Jun 2002, 03:08

my 95 vsx auto has a buzzing from central dashboard seems to be above radio area.
Stops with ignition off - have looked in haynes manual but don't see any relays in this area.
Car was bought from non citroen specialist so although it has warranty loath to let them pull it apart.
Sorry this is a long shot - know its electrical but can't see anything obvious - all seems to work ok
Car has aircon
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Post by Dave Burns » 18 Jun 2002, 03:20

There is a tiny little fan and motor which draw's air from the cabin over a sensor for cabin climate control, it is locate behind the small grill with the red alarm LED in it, next to the clock.
This little toad is starting to get noisey on my papap too.
Wonder how much new ones are.
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Post by hardmanm » 18 Jun 2002, 05:01

Hi, I recently asked my local Citroen dealer who told me £57 plus VAT.
Needless to say I have now decided to put up with the buzzing!
Mark
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Post by Dave Burns » 19 Jun 2002, 00:21

STRAP BACK, Fifty seven quid plus <img src=icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle>
Me too Mark, what a rip off <img src=icon_smile_angry.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Post by andrewphillips » 19 Jun 2002, 03:34

Thanks Dave and Mark for diagnosis of buzzing
Now I,ve recovered from shock re price will try to spray WD40 onto the little beast.
How do I get to it ? - please don't say remove dash..
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Post by IanR » 19 Jun 2002, 05:02

Haven't seen this fan (I don't have aircon) but just occurred to me that a computer fan might be a suitable replacement. They come in sizes from 2" to 6" or so, and are almost always 12 volt. Worth investigating, anyway. Try RS or Maplin.
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Post by Dave Burns » 19 Jun 2002, 05:36

These tiny little radial fan's are only about 10 to 15mm in diameter if my memory serves, can't be sure but I think they are there wether you have aircon or not.
Haynes tell's you it's a wheel off and half the dash out job, but if you are carefull the clock can be coaxed out, it has spring plastic lug's on each side holding it in.
If you can get the clock out this way it makes it much easier to get the fan unit out, done it on my car.
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Post by hardmanm » 19 Jun 2002, 14:26

I did try to have a go at silencing the fan myself, it seems to be that the fan rattles in the holder, so supergluing the whole lot together did quiet the thing a bit
It was a bugger to get out of the dash though, it might be easier if you remove the radio first.
I wouldn't recommend WD40, it might stop the fan working at all! (I suppose then it would at least be quiet)
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Post by lozian » 23 Jun 2002, 02:09

Just had the dashboard fan out on my Xantia. What a performance, but worth the effort. Fan was all choked up with dust and gunge and was very noisy. Split the whole assembly with a bit of unsoldering work, cleaned all the motor, fan and assembly and small drop of oil on fan shaft. Fan is just a revolving magnet on a shaft. No brushes to worry about. Re-assembled and is now quiet as a mouse. Have to put head very close to the led light to hear if fan is running now. Hope this helps.
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Post by Keriso » 24 Jun 2002, 13:40

iozian, do give pointers on how you managed to get the fan out!
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Post by hardmanm » 24 Jun 2002, 14:49

Took the fan out of my 2.1td yesterday, s follows :
Remove the screws holding the ashtray surround in, the radio surround, and the radio. The radio slots into a sort of bracket, remove this too.
You then have access to the two multi-plugs in line to the fan, disconnect these, and you should be just able to reach the rear of the fan to release the clips holding the fan in, there are two at the top and two at the bottom. This bit is a bit tricky.
Good luck.
Mark
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