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Old 12-29-2008, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by avakiannl View Post
Yes, I have them. Unfortunately, the window is down so I can't just pop them off. I may have time to get them out later today; if not, it will have to wait until after New Years.

Is there anything else you need from the doors?
Cool, just let me know when you are able to get to those parts, I really appreciate it.

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Old 01-05-2009, 03:23 PM
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just knocked the rattles the F*CK out today! sorry i hated them

it took about 10 foot long glue sticks, now theres no way those foam bastards are moving

and success i can now blast "shake it" by savage while driving over a bumpy road rattle free!
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Old 03-08-2009, 07:25 PM
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I found a new rattle not in this thread. The outside door handle rattles on both drivers and passenger sides. Found it while playing loud music while washing my windshield.

I haven't thought of a fix yet but it goes away when something is lodged behind it.
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by HeavyMetal699 View Post
I found a new rattle not in this thread. The outside door handle rattles on both drivers and passenger sides. Found it while playing loud music while washing my windshield.

I haven't thought of a fix yet but it goes away when something is lodged behind it.
If it buzzes - then that is the rear window. You need thick foam tape. Adhere it under the bottom edge near the hinge.

If it rattles - then that's the seat belt coil. That one you can't get rid off, but you can stuff foam around it to absorb the sound.

Works for me.
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:54 AM
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I'm getting buzz from the rear center deck, which I can recreate by hitting it softly. but I'm having trouble removing the rear center deck physically so I can fix it. I have the picture from the manual but it not helping at all.
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:47 PM
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I'm getting buzz from the rear center deck, which I can recreate by hitting it softly. but I'm having trouble removing the rear center deck physically so I can fix it. I have the picture from the manual but it not helping at all.
I think you are going to have to take out both rear seat, both speaker covers, and then take off the center piece after undoing a couple of screws that may be hidden below the center console, which may also need to be taken out. but I am not 100% certain if all that is required. The last time I did anything with the center panel was when I had every panel in the car out.
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:22 PM
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Someone help me on these rattles....

First one is the Dash/Gauge Cluster Driver side rattle.. When im idling it would rattle/shake very bad/loud for maybe 2-6seconds and go away...happens continuously.

Second rattle is in the rear passenger side. When i drive about 55+ MPH the rear passenger corner of the windshield/plastic rattles...Gets very annoying.

Any suggestions?? Thank you
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Old 04-27-2009, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by szym0n View Post
Someone help me on these rattles....

First one is the Dash/Gauge Cluster Driver side rattle.. When im idling it would rattle/shake very bad/loud for maybe 2-6seconds and go away...happens continuously.

Second rattle is in the rear passenger side. When i drive about 55+ MPH the rear passenger corner of the windshield/plastic rattles...Gets very annoying.

Any suggestions?? Thank you
I can help you on #1.

It could be the infamous air bag rattle. To see if it is take your finger when its rattling and push on the side of the plastic air bag cover on the steering wheel. If it goes away you found the culprit.

#2 could be many things. It could be the side view mirror rattle, door handle rattle, any of the door rattles, etc. I find it hard to pin point rattles in my car. Maybe get a passenger in the car to push on things while you're driving?
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by HeavyMetal699 View Post
I can help you on #1.

It could be the infamous air bag rattle. To see if it is take your finger when its rattling and push on the side of the plastic air bag cover on the steering wheel. If it goes away you found the culprit.

#2 could be many things. It could be the side view mirror rattle, door handle rattle, any of the door rattles, etc. I find it hard to pin point rattles in my car. Maybe get a passenger in the car to push on things while you're driving?
Well for #2 I let my buddy drive my car on the highway and I was in the backseat trying to see where the rattle was coming from and it was in the rear passenger right by the passenger speaker/corner of the rear glass.

And ill see if it's the airbag rattle.
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:59 AM
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Well had my passenger door apart 4 times today!!!!

Foamed, taped down all 4 large polystyrene blocks, sorted the rattle of the lock play...... STILL got the same massive rattle which only seems to happen when i steer left?!!? Even at 5 miles an hour

Giving up for today...!
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:51 PM
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My rattles still are there....

1. When car idles something outside by the wipers or the plastic piece by the wipers rattle violently for maybe 1 second and stop...

2. Another one i narrowed it down to the pass side window, by the airbag/plastic pieces.

3. Pass side side mirror rattles when my music is jamming, driver side is fine but pass side rattles and is annoying.

Any suggestions??
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:38 PM
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theres something coming from the rear of my car i think its one of the speaker covers anyone else have this?
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:55 PM
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Originally Posted by rodjonathan View Post
theres something coming from the rear of my car i think its one of the speaker covers anyone else have this?
What does it sound like? Does it sound like the plastic panel rattling or like something tapping metal or glass? I got a rattle in my rear window that sounds like metal tapping or something, and I believe it is the rear window seal.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:46 AM
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I have a rattle in my radio that I can't seem to find a solution for on here. There is a metallic rattle and ring almost like a screw has backed out and a washer is just rattling around on it. I've pulled the radio itself and shook it, no rattle. Banging on the empty console, no rattle. But combine the two and it rattles constantly. All the screws I can find in there are tight, event the hidden one.
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by dsmdriver View Post
Here's how to stop the rear view mirror rattle:

Tools needed:
Torx screwdriver
Small flat screwdriver
Old credit card
Rubber cement

1) Take the mirror ...
These instructions from the first page worked for me. When dsm says small he means something with a fairly sharp point. I wound up using a small chisel to get it started. Then use a a very sturdy old credit card - it is going to get mangled.

I have taken a long look at the mirror before and I would have never tried this procedure if I hadn't read about it here first. It worked.

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Old 10-19-2009, 02:04 AM
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[quote=szym0n;3044500]My rattles still are there....

1. When car idles something outside by the wipers or the plastic piece by the wipers rattle violently for maybe 1 second and stop...

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i think i may be having this problem too. it sounds like its coming form the engine bay somewhere but mine can last for a few seconds. its almost a chirp kind of similar to belt whine but not as loud. it seems to happen more frequently when its colder outside. any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-31-2009, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by sonicblue6 View Post
I have the steering wheel/gauge cluster rattle, but my passenger door is the worst. I have to get in there and poke around. Any music with bass leads to a pronounced racket...
try wiggling the steering wheel air bag/honk piece to see if you have any rubbing noises...if you do...then pull that air bag/honk piece toward yourself until there's no more rubbing when you wiggle it. That fixed my steering wheel rattling.
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Jedi54 View Post
#@$#@!%^$#@#&^%$#*&@^$#!%! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the rear deck is KILLING me. It's almost as if it's gotten worse over the months. I need to start tearing things out soon...

Problem is I've tried that once and had no luck. I had both seats out, the rear deck removed, AND a friend of mine stuffed in the trunk. No luck locating it.
I'd jump in there but at 6'5, 225 lbs I stand no chance of fitting in the trunk.
I have rattling from the rear deck too...well atleast i think it was from the rear deck! But when i took off the top section of the back seats...there are two places that hooked on to. There are also these white clips that sits in the slots. I double sticky taped those clips into the slots and now I don't have the rear rattling noise anymore!
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Old 11-25-2009, 03:12 PM
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Lightbulb Glovebox Rattle Fixed!

The glovebox rattle in my 2005 RX-8 was driving me crazy. Stuffing wadding up napkins between its top left corner and the dash would help a little bit but it was still annoying at best.

Glovebox rattle sound (sans locking mechanism even).

So, I got creative and now my glovebox is so silent that I can hear all the other rattles in the rest of the car.

Here is how you do it.
  • Remove the glovebox completely from the car.
  • Remove the locking mechanism by taking out the three screws inside the glovebox.
  • Use a flat screwdriver to gently pry apart the bottom edge from the back of the glovebox.
  • Carefully separate the two pieces. This may take some strength since you'll be breaking apart what appear to be heat welded connections.
  • Remove the four screws and metal plate inside.
  • Remove any plastic wisps or frays.
  • Use a plastic epoxy on as all the inside edges of the front glovebox piece.
  • Join the pieces and then use a thin line of epoxy along the entire bottom edge.
  • Let it cure for 24 hours.
  • Reinstall the locking mechanism then go for a test drive.

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Not only can you eliminate an annoying noise but you save yourself from carrying around 1.7 lbs of unneeded metal.

Cheers!
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:48 AM
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Alright, I have a few rattles but it's too damn cold in Chicago I'm waiting for better weather.

1. Driver side door (does not matter if the window is up or down)
2. Driver side heat vent seems to be making some noise.
3. The speedometer cluster is making some vibration noise as well. I punched the top, it went away for awhile and it came back so will be just inserting some foam.
4. Passenger side suicide door has just the most annoying rattle. It's like the sound of rattle snake without the sssssssss sound. I can't pin point it cuz I'm driving and unfortunately, none of my friends can fit into the back seat or the trunk. It might be the window or it might be pillar not sure.
5. The center console rattles when playing some music with high base, tried punching it but didn't work.

I'm pretty confident about fixing 1, 3, and possibily 4 if it indeed is the window.

Can use some tips on 2 and 5 as well as on 4 if you've had the problem as well.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:29 AM
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I'm having one rattle that's driving me insane!

I have a RHD Jap 8. This rattling is coming from somewhere right in front of me around the windscreen. I've tried holding the windscreen, hitting the dash, holding the cluster and even taken off the a-pillar trim and made sure everything there including the screw underneath it was tight. Nothing solved my problem.

So then I greased up the gromet in the a-pillar trim. Didn't work. I tightened all the screws in the cluster, behind the flip panel under the steering wheel and still no joy.

Can someone please help? It's driving me retarded!

Also to those who have the CD player rattle.....make sure the 2 screws are secure behind the ashtray and that the 10mm "hidden bolt" is in place and secure. I did this and it stopped my rattle from this area.

Cheers!
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:34 AM
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I'm having one rattle that's driving me insane!

I have a RHD Jap 8. This rattling is coming from somewhere right in front of me around the windscreen. I've tried holding the windscreen, hitting the dash, holding the cluster and even taken off the a-pillar trim and made sure everything there including the screw underneath it was tight. Nothing solved my problem.

So then I greased up the gromet in the a-pillar trim. Didn't work. I tightened all the screws in the cluster, behind the flip panel under the steering wheel and still no joy.

Can someone please help? It's driving me retarded!

Also to those who have the CD player rattle.....make sure the 2 screws are secure behind the ashtray and that the 10mm "hidden bolt" is in place and secure. I did this and it stopped my rattle from this area.

Cheers!

I've seen a few things in this thread in the past that talked about that sort of issue. Do me a favor..............next time driving I want you to try two things no matter how retarded they seem.
1.) Reach through the steering wheel with both hands, one on each side basically where the speedometer sits and press on the instrument cluster towards the windscreen.
2.) Believe it or not, flip your sun visor down and back up.

Either one help?

If not, then try this.................. http://www.finishlineperformance.com...23-06-1596.pdf
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Old 03-25-2010, 04:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Mazurfer View Post
I've seen a few things in this thread in the past that talked about that sort of issue. Do me a favor..............next time driving I want you to try two things no matter how retarded they seem.
1.) Reach through the steering wheel with both hands, one on each side basically where the speedometer sits and press on the instrument cluster towards the windscreen.
2.) Believe it or not, flip your sun visor down and back up.

Either one help?

If not, then try this.................. http://www.finishlineperformance.com...23-06-1596.pdf
Thanks for that man. I have however tightened all the screws in the cluster and I've taken out the visor and put it back it, securing everything. I even thought it was coming from the wire that goes into the roof. I wrapped this in foam tape. Didn't work. Then I squeezed cotton pads in behind the head impact panel under the roof lining as I thought this hitting of the metal was the cause. No.

I found it though! It's coming from the corner of the windscreen right in front of me! I pushed and held the corner of the windscreen and it went away! Time for me to get smashtastic with a rock and get a new windscreen methinks!
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Old 04-15-2010, 02:35 PM
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Large Rear Window Rattle FIXED!!!!

Like many other posts. If you have the rattle at the rear window (not the door but the large rear windscreen) where the SRS airbag cover meets the window,,,,,,,,try to spray some silicone spray with the straw between the SRS airbag cover and the glass. If it stops, that's the culprit.

Pop out the SRS platic piece and remove the bolt. Pull out (at the top) the airbag cover with a fair bit of force and leave it attached at the bottom. I don't think you can get it all the way off without removing the entire back seat and back dash. When you look to the back where the window is, you will see the bolt. With a tube of black silicone, a caulking gun and a straw taped to the end of the tube of silicone, sqeeze some goop in the creases above, below and around the bolt.

When you put the airbag cover back on, be sure the plastic L piece towards the front goes behind the weather stripping and the three fasteners are aligned with the holes before popping the airbag cover back on and replacing the bolt and SRS cover.

good luck!!!
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I have this rattle/squeal/buzzing sound from the center stereo area. if I push the left upper corner of the stereo it goes away. I also found the left corner is not even unlike the right upper corner. could it be some plastic tabs broke inside causing the problem?
about to hit 11,000 miles soon wonder if they would cover it under warranty.
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