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Old 10th August 2005, 04:35   #1
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Irritating noise from passenger side dashboard?

I've got a ticking type rattle that is driving me nuts. BMW can't find it in 2 tries. It is defininately in the passenger side dash area but has not been located. I've emptied the glove box and checked the fuse area. I can only reproduce it on a road where they put patches over potholes in the right birm and go 40-50 mph. As the passenger side goes over the bumps I get the buzzing ticking sound. Where the patch is rough and continues for some distance, it is really annoying. Large bumps don't cause it, only small continuous disturbances.

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Re: Irritating noise

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I've got a ticking type rattle that is driving me nuts. BMW can't find it in 2 tries. It is defininately in the passenger side dash area but has not been located. I've emptied the glove box and checked the fuse area. I can only reproduce it on a road where they put patches over potholes in the right birm and go 40-50 mph. As the passenger side goes over the bumps I get the buzzing ticking sound. Where the patch is rough and continues for some distance, it is really annoying. Large bumps don't cause it, only small continuous disturbances.

Any thougts?
Would it be spare change rattling behind the dash?
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Old 27th August 2005, 20:25   #3
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Re: Irritating noise

Jinxed; my dash started to squeak (like the door seals) the other day. I wasted my night yesterday trying to find it and fix it. I think it was coming from the passenger side. I think it's the temp sensor rubbing on the dash. I moved it around and it seemed to help, but the squeak was still there. I'll see if I can insulate it from the dash today.
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Re: Irritating noise

Do you have a fire extinguisher? If so it could be that the retaining clip is loose and rattling against the bottle. Just refix the clip to cure this.
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Do you have a fire extinguisher? If so it could be that the retaining clip is loose and rattling against the bottle. Just refix the clip to cure this.
No, it's not that. It's on the dash. Listening to the noise some more, it sounds like a very quiet rattle. A rattle like the temp sensor wire is rattling against plastic. I'm not exactly sure where it's coming from, but sounds like it's near the temp sensor.
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Jinxed; my dash started to squeak (like the door seals) the other day. I wasted my night yesterday trying to find it and fix it. I think it was coming from the passenger side. I think it's the temp sensor rubbing on the dash. I moved it around and it seemed to help, but the squeak was still there. I'll see if I can insulate it from the dash today.
The rattle spontaneously disappeared a couple weeks ago, just like the way it appeared.
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Re: Irritating noise

I still have a little rattle just like your describing coming from my glove box area. However, im pretty sure my rattle/buzzing sound is coming from the fuse box...

I had a rattle actually on the driver side, much the same. I determined it to be the power seat buttin were loose thus causing a buzzing sound that would come and go... try that.

Where is the temp sensor located? maybe I should give that a go.
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I still have a little rattle just like your describing coming from my glove box area. However, im pretty sure my rattle/buzzing sound is coming from the fuse box...

I had a rattle actually on the driver side, much the same. I determined it to be the power seat buttin were loose thus causing a buzzing sound that would come and go... try that.

Where is the temp sensor located? maybe I should give that a go.
Name that part! (mystery part in dashboard defroster slot)

For me, it sounds like the wiring below the sensor was rattling against something within the dash. However, like everyones' rattles, it's hard to isolate this to be the problem.
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Re: Irritating noise

Maybe something to do with audio system, wiring, maybe speakers? Keep us posted
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No, it's not that. It's on the dash. Listening to the noise some more, it sounds like a very quiet rattle. A rattle like the temp sensor wire is rattling against plastic. I'm not exactly sure where it's coming from, but sounds like it's near the temp sensor.
I've resolved my dash rattle. It's the firewall lining in the hood. The 2 locking tabs rattled against the hood (see picture). I simply unattached it from the hood. There was also a locking fastener for the washer line that was loose, but I don't think it was the culprit.
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