Its a problem that won't go away. My niece had hers into the dealer
numerous times, never really fixing it. They finally told her it's a
production glitch and that she's better off living with it.
I find this unacceptable, and refuse to buy cheap vehicles on that basis.
I just got a 2004 Tacoma reg cab, and I've got a nasty little
ticking/rattle coming from the driver's side seat belt post. I've
taken off all the molding and seat belt parts, but the noise is still
there. I haven't called the dealership yet because I'm afraid that
I'll get as far as everyone else. The noise is coming from inside the
post, behind the seat belt anchor.
To cure your dash rattles you will need to take apart all of the
plastic dash molding you can, then use the 3m rattle reducing tape on
all of the clips, then put it back together again. If you can make
the noise when you are driving (certain speed or torque or whatever)
you or someone in the passenger's seat can listen to and try to locate
the noise. If putting your hand on the dash causes the noise to go
away, that is the area you should concentrate on.
I had to take a good bit of the dash apart to install the stereo, and
now that I have a good understanding of how it goes together, I
wouldn't hesitate to track down dash rattles myself. I have a feeling
that the last thing a dealer wants to see is a customer coming in with
a rattle that needs to be fixed. It can cost tons of man hours to
track down a rattle. It seems like the mechanic would have to commute
with your car for a few days to listen to and locate the noise. It's
not their fault that the trucks rattle. It's a combination of design
flaw, poor qc, and a compromise on cost/materials. When a mistake
like this is made it ends up costing much more than if the proper
steps had been taking during development and manufacturing to avoid
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