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Crackling/static noise at high speeds

So my 2014 Ford Fiesta makes an annoying sound when I’m at 70+ mph. It sounds like static/crackle almost like a candy wrapper. It comes from the passenger side but I can’t necessarily pinpoint from where exactly

Here’s a video of it although it’s hard to hear it from it

Not even going to try if it is hard to hear.

Is it still under warranty?

I mean it’s noticeable in the video buts it’s literally just a crackling sound like a candy wrapper coming from the passenger side around the glove box.

Sadly it’s not under warranty

you got a Ford Fiesta over 70 MPH??

You’re braver than I…


Check around the glove box. Is it loose? Is there paper that stuck up in behind it? I’m at work and couldn’t watch the video, but that is where I would start.

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sure sounds air-flow related.
maybe it IS paper ! or a dry leaf , or a loose weatherstrip.
take along a rider . . or an alternate driver so YOU can listen, follow, investigate, the source.
One common place to start is the cabin air filter and cowl air inlet for debris.


All that I could hear is road noise, but I think that Ken Green is probably on the right track.
The OP should check for an accumulation of leaves, paper, or other foreign objects in the HVAC fan housing.


Or a loose splash shield or wheelwell liner.

Thanks for all the help and suggestions guys. I’ll take the advice and see if I find something.

But yeah it definitely sounds like the noise is inside the car, as if it’s inside the glove box rather than something exterior or way in front off the engine.

Well, since the housing for the HVAC fan is directly in back of the glove box, I think that you should definitely investigate the possibility of leaves, paper, or other foreign objects in the HVAC fan housing.