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    Default HELP...LOUD whistling/humming from air ducts

    Been noticing (on and off) that when I turn the A/C or heat on and put the blower anywhere from 50-100% power that there is a LOUD and fairly high pitched whistling or humming noise coming from what sounds like the glovebox.

    If I turn the blower down, it goes away but will come right back if I turn it back up. The onset has been sporadic, but increasing in regularity. It's super obnoxious too. Any ideas?

    AV8RS3V3RN - 2011 JKS

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    do you have any of the dash vents closed?

    if you are running the system on floor or defrost, the blower is pushing a LOT of static pressure through the system and will whistle a bit on high fan (in my 2013)..

    if using dash vents. if I have nay of them closed, it will do the same.. our blowers are very strong and need all of the vents open...

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    JeepaRoo, It does it either way. Yes, it is significantly louder when some vents are closed, but traditionally I keep it on upper and lower vents usually with them all open or maybe 1 closed. it almost sounds like a piece of tape or rubber flapping really hard in a duct...is that possible?

    AV8RS3V3RN - 2011 JKS

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    it could be that a duct seal came loose and is dangling in the duct.. I havent torn apart the HVAC on the later JK's yet (though I need to for relo the evaporator sensor). but most cars have rubber seals between various pieces of the HVAC ducting system.. and if one of those wasnt put together correctly it could make a wierd sound..
    -Christopher
    Current:
    13 2 dr sport S pwr,connect,sirius,6 spd!!
    Memories:
    76 Cherokee - Rusty (sold)
    97 TJ Sahara - Rocked, Sanded, Mudded, Snowed, Sunk
    00 TJ Sport - Mudded, Snowed, rolled in a snow drift no damage
    02 TJ Sport - Mudded a little (sold)
    06 TJ Golden eagle - Mudded a tad not enough cargo room
    08 JK 4 dr X red rock - Never Wheeled
    09 JK X 4 door Blk 6 spd all the toys!
    10 JK Silver Sport 2 door auto,tint,sirius,infinity,pwr ,U-con,Ipod,remote start

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeepaRoo View Post
    it could be that a duct seal came loose and is dangling in the duct.. I havent torn apart the HVAC on the later JK's yet (though I need to for relo the evaporator sensor). but most cars have rubber seals between various pieces of the HVAC ducting system.. and if one of those wasnt put together correctly it could make a wierd sound..
    -Christopher
    Sounds like a lot of work, I may try tearing the dash/HVAC apart this weekend. Hopefully it won't cause any additional problems.

    AV8RS3V3RN - 2011 JKS

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