|05-02-2010, 07:50 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Date registered: Mar 2010
Vehicle: 2006 E350
Air Conditioning Fan or Jet Engine Turbine
Yesterday was pretty warm up this way. The wife and I were heading to an event requiring being somewhat "dressed". I decided to start the car and give the air conditioning some time to pre-cool the car. A couple of minutes later I could hear the fan (inside the engine compartment) running very fast and it was a bit loud. Is this normal? It was really cranking! It slowed down a bit while still idling and the interior cooled down nicely but it did leave an impression, so I thought I might ask the experienced owners if this was typical operation for the AC when the car is idling. The car is an '06 E350.
|05-02-2010, 11:07 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Date registered: Apr 2009
Vehicle: 2007 E350 Sport
An idling engine has to produce its own airflow to control engine heat ... there's no airflow that occurs when the car is moving. The electric fans cycle on and off, and speed up and slow down, as necessary to aid the radiator in reducing the temperature of the cooling fluid circulating around the engine and through the radiator. At highway speeds, the fans may not cycle on at all, or perhaps only occasionally (depending on driving conditions) because the airflow is assisting the radiator in its function. Based on what you described, it appears your cooling system probably is working properly.
|05-03-2010, 01:31 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Date registered: Dec 2006
Vehicle: Formerly a 1990 200E; then a 2003 E320; and now a 2010 E350 P1, P2, Wheel pkg & folding rear seats
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
i just loove hearing that sound. like a jet engine! and the way it spools up to max voume/speed and spools down when it's cutting out.
and yes, i do believe the system is working just fine.
|05-03-2010, 03:50 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Date registered: Nov 2007
Vehicle: 05 E500 4 Matic
Location: Point Pleasant beach, NJ
I know what you mean and I am half deaf. When my car was being picked up for routine service I asked the driver if this was normal and he said that it was common, I also asked the service writer if this was normal and he indicated that nothing was out of the ordinary. It is a heck of a racket though.
|05-03-2010, 05:06 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Date registered: May 2007
Vehicle: S320 (W220) and Zotye 1.3/Rolls Royce on back order (LOL)
Location: Jiangsu province China
It is normal, buy an S Class 600 and drive it in the sub tropics and boy you will know what a real jet engine sounds like, they cook so easy
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|08-04-2010, 12:02 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jan 2010
i have 03' e320 - w211 the fan (in the engine compartment) is constantly running at high speed, also it started yesterday after we got home from our trip. during our trip on the way home the ac was not functioning properly, the interior ac fan speed worked great, but the air was blowing cool, not ice cold as normal. when i got home i checked under the hood and noticed the ac lines were covered in ice. left the hood open so the ice would melted faster. it took a few minutes for the ice to melt ( live in florida ) and the ac began to blow cold air again but now the fan in the engine compartment is running at a high speed, constantly and will not slow down or stop. this has never happened before.
i can go out and start the car and within about 30 seconds, the engine fan kicks in on high and constantly runs. any ideas? thanks in advance for your response.
|07-13-2013, 11:44 AM||#10 (permalink)|
It slows down and makes less noise once the car is under way or it has been on for up to 10-15 minutes.
You do not want a slower fan on hot days. The AC and engine cooling need the airflow.
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