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[2015 XC60 T5 AWD] Noise under very specific conditions

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[2015 XC60 T5 AWD] Noise under very specific conditions

Post by s2zeller » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:59 pm

My hearing is not that great, but my wife, our daughters and a lot of their collective friends have heard this noise repeatedly. I have heard it once or twice, but only when it is pointed out to me.

The noise sounds like a cassette being rewound.... rather, like it is trying to be rewound but it is having trouble. It is coming from the front of the car. Sometimes it sounds like it is coming through the center vents while other times it seems lower down or more toward the passenger side (?).

So, this noise will always happen when the following conditions are met:
1) Outside air temperature is <25F
2) Car has been driven at least 2-5 miles (and can start from either hot or cold)
3) The car is in motion

The noise has been getting louder over the last couple of months when it does occur (to the point that my wife is seriously considering my offer to ride in the engine compartment with the hood up while she drives around :wink: ). Because we've had stretches of unusually warm weather, the noise has been effectively intermittent.

The local dealership was not able to repro the problem.

There are no check engine lights, no noticeable performance problems, etc.

So, I'd appreciate any suggestions you can offer.

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Re: [2015 XC60 T5 AWD] Noise under very specific conditions

Post by joejoethedogfaceboy » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:03 am

Noise from the dash or the engine compartment? If dash, it could be one of the damper/mixer motors for the ventilation. Are you getting the proper air temp and the proper vent operation?
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Re: [2015 XC60 T5 AWD] Noise under very specific conditions

Post by s2zeller » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:33 am

Sometimes it sounds like the center dash and sometimes further in.

We’ll have to pay attention to the temperature and air flow as I think everyone has been so fixated on the sound so as not to notice.

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