Tic tac sound...

Discussion in '360/430' started by Sequoia, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. Sequoia

    Sequoia Rookie

    Apr 3, 2012
    Hello Fellows,

    I have an F430 spider and sometimes I hear some "tic tac" sound apparently coming from somewhere in the dashboard. I definitely do not hear it all the time, but it does appear sporadically and for irregular periods of time.
    Does anyone know where it comes from or what it means???
    Thank you ahead of time for your input.
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  3. Afonsolaw

    Afonsolaw Formula 3

    Sep 11, 2011
    New jersey
    When does it happen... Is there anyway to replicate the sound?
  4. rustybits

    rustybits F1 Rookie
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    Jan 28, 2007
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    Eddie B
    Does it make the noise if you adjust the heater vent control knob? Sometimes the actuating arm comes off the lower vent flap motor. Try moving the controls position stationary with the ignition on...

    If its a more metallic noise it could be from the front suspension or anti-roll bar bushes, the sound is transferred through the chassis to the cabin easily due to the ally chassis.
  5. vincep99

    vincep99 Formula 3
    Silver Subscribed Owner

    Jun 8, 2009
    I have a 360 and hear the same sound. Does not appear to be mechanical as there is no relationship to e.g. hitting a bump. Sounds almost like a clock, but only lasts a few seconds, then it's gone.

    I will tho try the heater vent control knob.
  6. Zxgarage

    Zxgarage Formula Junior

    Jan 21, 2011
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  8. ca_scud

    ca_scud Karting

    Dec 15, 2006
    I know the noise you are asking about, but I have no idea what it is either.
  9. fc2

    fc2 F1 Veteran

    Nov 2, 2006
    Silicon Valley Ca.
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    Frank C.
    My '07 F430 would make this ticking noise too. When I asked the dealer about it, they said it was the heater control mechanism.
  10. Chiaroman

    Chiaroman Formula 3
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    Apr 21, 2004
    New Jersey
    I have the same noise.

    04' 360 here...Definitely sounds like it's related to the heating system.

    It sounds like it is in the center of the dash down bottom.

    As previously mentioned the air might be diverted and we are hearing the device which is responsible for that.
  11. 1 BAD BURB

    1 BAD BURB Karting

    Oct 14, 2004
    Minnetonka, MN
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    Aj ....
    good thing its coming from the front and not the back... b/c if it were the back, i'd hope it wasn't engine detonation... Thats the exact sounds of it, ticks tack in a tin can...

    hope you resolve the problem...
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  13. Scotsguards

    Scotsguards Karting

    Jun 12, 2011
    Gray, TN
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    Had that noise on my 360 and 430. I did a lot of research to find out what the heck it was! Definitely the climate system. My father's Bentley's do the same thing, just longer and louder! Nothing to worry about, just means everything is working!
  14. rustybits

    rustybits F1 Rookie
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    Jan 28, 2007
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    Eddie B
    Not true. They shouldn't make that noise. It's the recirculating flap solenoid making that noise. It's supposed to do a "position sweep" when you switch the ignition on. If you hear that noise it means the flap isn't working properly. Look under the dash, passenger side, you will find the solenoid at the base of the heater box..
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  15. Daryl Zernick

    Daryl Zernick Karting
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    Jul 7, 2020
    South Bend, IN
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    Does anyone know the part number, literal part name or have a schematic or picture of its location of the recirculation air flap part?

    Give it a listen for the brief pause in the ticking, as I press and depress the recirculation button. I think this must be the issue in my F430 Spider... or is it???

  16. Zanny1

    Zanny1 Formula Junior
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    Dec 19, 2003
    Fountain Hills, Arizona
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    My 360 makes the same noise with the temp control set to the lowest position. Move the temp dial one click clockwise and the tic-tac disappears.
  17. tonyc

    tonyc Formula 3

    Oct 19, 2003
    Monterey, CA
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    Tony C
    I had a very similar sound on my 2004 360 a few years ago. I tracked it down by opening the front bonnet and removing a hatch/cover closest to the bottom of the windshield on the driver side. With a flash light I could not see much, but sticking my hand in, I felt a little motor spinning non-stop causing the "tic-tac" sound. I took it to the local Ferrari Mechanic and he explained the problem was the motor that turns the vents. He had seen it before and all he did was reboot the car to fix it. It has not come back since. I had started and stopped the car many times before bringing it in, tried all sorts of combinations of the dials. I don't know, seems stupid that a reboot fixed it. But I was grateful not to have to pay the Ferrari tax that day.

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