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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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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!
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.
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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