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Glove box growls at me...

TheTroyness

I changed a tire once...
Location
Arkansas
So recently my car has started to growl at me, and it sounds like its coming from the glove box. It happens when I start my car and when I put it in reverse. I think it sometimes does it when I go into first but it's hard to say because it's still growling from being in reverse when I go into first. I'll record some audio of it in a little while. I'm just killing time right now while I wait for the eye doctor. I just got out of the ER to have a metal shard removed from my cornea! Now they're sending me to the eye doctor. Anyways, your thoughts on the growl?

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TheTroyness

I changed a tire once...
Location
Arkansas
No eye patch. He just took a drill and played around in my cornea for a bit and then gave me some eye drops and a protective contact lens. Lucky me!

The water pump you think? Why would it only do it when I first start my car and when I go into reverse? It only growls for a few seconds...

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TheTroyness

I changed a tire once...
Location
Arkansas
And here's a video.

Sometimes it does it when I turn the ignition. Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes when I start the car. Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes when I go into reverse. Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes going into first. Sometimes it doesn't. I was thinking maybe it had something to do with the heater or A/C or something, but i know next to nothing about this cars climate control. Heater and A/C are not on. The air temp knob thing is all the way to max cold, though. Happens regardless of what position the vent is in (defrost, foot vents, face vents, bilevel vents). Recirculate is off.

I might try it with the glove box open later...

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Tmsracing37

Boosty McFlamin Job
Location
MD
Ride
06 GTI
I do believe its the electric motor/solenoid that operates the fresh air/cabin air vent. Mine does the same thing and my fresh air/cabin air quit working when it started to make that sound.
 

lightningjack

Go Kart Champion
Location
Westchester, NY
Ride
09 GTI
I was getting a grinding noise from behind mine and had the pump replaced under warranty. That fixed the issue. Solenoid is another option. Not sure your mileage, but have you changed the cabin filter?

No eye patch?? Lucky bastard.
 

TheTroyness

I changed a tire once...
Location
Arkansas
I do believe its the electric motor/solenoid that operates the fresh air/cabin air vent.
That's kind of what I was thinking. I figured it had something to do with ventilation.


I was getting a grinding noise from behind mine and had the pump replaced under warranty. That fixed the issue. Solenoid is another option. Not sure your mileage, but have you changed the cabin filter?

No eye patch?? Lucky bastard.
I've got around 70k I believe. I changed the cabin air filter not long ago.

What did you do to your eye?


did you feed it? it may be hungry :)
I regularly feed my glove box napkins! Maybe it wants less fiber in its diet...

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Red-Vader

Ready to race!
Location
USA
That's kind of what I was thinking. I figured it had something to do with ventilation.




I've got around 70k I believe. I changed the cabin air filter not long ago.

What did you do to your eye?




I regularly feed my glove box napkins! Maybe it wants less fiber in its diet...

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try skittles! my car loves them! and good luck, sorry i couldnt be of any help :thumbsup:
 

Xenor

Clean Freak
Location
USA
Ride
GTI
I do believe its the electric motor/solenoid that operates the fresh air/cabin air vent. Mine does the same thing and my fresh air/cabin air quit working when it started to make that sound.
This. The car switches the ventilation to recirculation when you put it in reverse. That's VW's fancy engineering way to prevent exhaust gasses from entering the cabin when reversing.

I bet if you have the air on, and hit the recirculate button on and off, you'd hear the noise.
 

skateboy___918

Ready to race!
Location
Boston, MA
I am 101% sure it is the Fresh air recirculating motor behind your glove box. The same thing happened to me and the dealership changed it out bc I was under warranty. It cost about $75 new otherwise. If you search tdiclub, I think there is a DIY for it
 

lightningjack

Go Kart Champion
Location
Westchester, NY
Ride
09 GTI
I've got around 70k I believe. I changed the cabin air filter not long ago.
Just asking since we're talking about that area. A lot of people tend to overlook it.

What did you do to your eye?
Scratched my cornea from top to bottom. Went to the hospital hours later, doctor numbed the wrong freaking eye at first, then went to work on the one that was red, tearing and closed!


I regularly feed my glove box napkins! Maybe it wants less fiber in its diet...
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The Fed

Old Guys Rule
Location
Florida
Sucks about the eye. Hope it heals fine. Keep in mind, that now if you ever need an MRI, you need to get your eyes x-rayed first to look for any minute metal particles. I had to get one years ago, when it was first discovered that the MRI magnet was strong enough to send any steel particles into the optic nerve, and blind you. I never had any metal get into my eye, but since I was once a machinist, I had to get the x-rays. If they find any metal, you have to get a CAT-scan instead.
 

TheTroyness

I changed a tire once...
Location
Arkansas
So I'm finally getting around to changing out the growling motor, but I found two parts that might fit. One is $50 cheaper. This is the first one and I know it will fit. This is the second one but I'm not sure if it will fit or not. It has the same part number, just a different revision letter. What do you guys think? Has anyone tried the cheaper part number? Should I take a risk and try the mystery part or stick with what I know will work?
 

Phaeacian

Passed Driver's Ed
This. The car switches the ventilation to recirculation when you put it in reverse. That's VW's fancy engineering way to prevent exhaust gasses from entering the cabin when reversing.

I bet if you have the air on, and hit the recirculate button on and off, you'd hear the noise.
X2 (X3?). I've got the exact same problem on my 2007 Rabbit, except it's much louder than a growl--more like one of those rapid-fire air BB guns at the local fair :mad0259: The car also sometimes flips the fresh/recirc flap when you clean your windshield.

Once you take the glovebox out, you'll see exactly what is happening. I'm too lazy/cheap to fix it at the moment, so I'm thinking about just disconnecting that stupid flap motor so it stops vibrating.

What's the point of recirculating air, anyway?
 

TheTroyness

I changed a tire once...
Location
Arkansas
I've already pulled the motor and all that. I found out the motor still turns but when it gets to the end of its range, it doesn't realize it and keeps trying to turn it. The motor turns one direction and one direction only. Then when it hits the stopper it starts making that noise. After not being able to turn for a little while and making that noise it gives up.

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