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OMG!!! Rattle in dash FOUND! No clue how to fix it!!! (w/ video) PLEASE HELP!

I finally located the source of my buzzy rattle problem after spending about an hour uncomfortably inverted under the steering column!

I'll let the video speak for itself!

PART 1: Searching For Rattle

PART 2: Rattle Found

PLEASE tell me how to fix this!! Also, let me know if this is the dreaded rattle you guys have been hearing too!


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I say blame Mercedes. Their name is written all over it lol.
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I don't know what would be worse - living with that rattle or getting under the steering wheel column to work on it. (I'm a big guy ) Hopefully someone has a good idea for a fix.
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it looks to be part of the tilt mechanism. Just for grins, if you are able wrap it tight with some good vinyl electrical tape and tap the column. See if it stops. Then take the video to the dealer to show the technician that is going to fix it permanently. Keep us posted.

After "exploding" the video it looks like the lower piece is vibrating. Are you getting your thumb on that part that turns and stopping the noise? There also looks like a through bolt going through the column holding the bracket you're isolating. Can you check that for tightness and see what happens? Don't crank down too tight. Just try to cinch it up a little.

I used to chase rattles in a dealership years ago and they can be time consuming and frustrating.

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Amazing detective work and amazing video from a cell phone! You have infinite patience, but then I know how it is with a rattle; I hate them too.

I doubt there are many technicians that would be able to troubleshoot this to the degree you have.

There appears to be a gap between the collar you're putting pressure on and the acual column itself. Can you try wedginig a shim or something between them?

In any case, with the video a tech should be able to enact a fix. Keep us apprised.
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Noz- the piece he is placing his finger on is a collar around the steering column. Notice how the stainless part turns. He has to isolate the collar or tighten up the through bolt a little bit.
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That is indeed some serious detective work. Bravo sir. I have not tried to recreate it yet but will do so when I get home today & post results. Sure sounds like it initially.

Also previously had a rattle in the rear - fixed - tint personnel failed to fully re-secure back seat (after also scuffing the hell outta my back seats...), but yep - for future reference, if that back seat isin't latched fully, it can make a hell of a racket that sounds nothing like a simple unlatched seat.

Thanks tons for amazing camera work/audio & posting!

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WOW!!! Your not going to believe this but I have almost the exact same rattle that shows up and then goes away in my 2004 Ram truck. When it shows up, usually after I hit some pot hole or some kind of bumpy surface, it won't stop. If I push on the dash or hold on to the steering wheel tightly it stops. I have been under my dash several times and can't seem to locate exacly where it's coming from. When I'm under there, I can put pressure on a bunch of things and it will stop. BUT, I can't seem to locate exact cause. After I park it and drive again later, it's gone. SAME INDENTICAL NOISE! And like you, when I tap on the steering wheel it make same kind of a clicking rattle noise. That tells me that there's something in common that their still using between vehicles for the past several years. I have tried a bunch of things, rubber shims, tape, wire ties, you name it and I still can't get it to stop. Your's sounds like it may be there all the time and those kind of noises drive me to distraction. But there is something in common that they've been doing for the past several years that is capable of producing this sound.
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Nice work finding the general area, having done this type of work for Ford, GM and a few others in the past for a living identifying the cause is the most difficult part. Now it's just a matter of isolating why. As mentioned above, try working the tilt and telescoping mechanism and see if the buzz gets better or worse. Sometimes loosening up the clamps to the column and re-clamping them down may have an impact. I would also check up higher in that same location. Meaning the bracket you put your thumb on is bolted onto a bigger bracket connected to the body either going upward or forward. Grab a hold of this bracket and see if the buzz can be stopped by putting pressure on that. The premise is this rattle even though it's stopped by pressing on that area may be telescoping through the brackets and by putting pressure there may be stopping this buzz on the other end. You may also want to grab a pry bar of some type and gently pry around this area, not to bend anything but just disturb then normalcy of housings, brackets, mounts. Sort of treating it like a exhaust pipe shield buzz. when I used to get those all I did was to grab my extra large screwdriver and pry on the shields. Unless they were cracked and needed to be replaced, prying on them just enough to tweak them a bit. Almost always this would fix this type of exhaust buzz. Not saying the buzz is the same but the premise is same.
The worst case scenario is the issue being inside the column housing, this could prove to be a RPITA. I'm assuming you're not under warranty any longer so taking it back to the dealer may cost you a few hours in labor.

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Yeah, that is where the column connects to the rack. Actually when you get the column you get that whole thing attatched to it but anyway. Do what the above post said. Should do the trick.

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