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#1 (permalink) Old 12-14-2009, 01:04 AM
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Small Rattle in my R/T Dash...

Whenever I roll out of my driveway lately I hear a rattling sound coming from up near the front Vent on my dash.
You can hear is most when rolling slowing up/down slopes like driveways.

I've shooked and banged on everything I could think of with now luck so far.

Anyone else get the same thing and figure out what it is?

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I had that on my Dakota, I dug around with a flexible extension with a magnet attached and found a loose fastener rolling around under the plastic dash cover.
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I've shooked and banged on everything I could think of with now luck so far.
Now there's a way to make a rattle go away. What else did you just loosen up?!
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Whenever I roll out of my driveway lately I hear a rattling sound coming from up near the front Vent on my dash.
You can hear is most when rolling slowing up/down slopes like driveways.

I've shooked and banged on everything I could think of with now luck so far.

Anyone else get the same thing and figure out what it is?

Thanks!
That would drive me nuts. I just got rid of a nasty rattle on my 2010 R/T. It sounded like a rattle from somewhere behind the dash/instrument cluster. I could not really tell though where it was coming from. But it was very loud and annoying. In a moment of anger, I took my foot andkicked it up under the dash to the left of the brake pedal. Remarkably, the rattle immediatly stopped. Once I removed my foot, it started again. I then presssed my foot back under there and it again went away. I was on to something here! I got out of the car and pulled the cloth covering above the brake pedal and emergency brake downward. This provided good visibility (with a flashlight) behind the dash. Actually looked very neat and tidy under there without much in the way of loose wires. However, there are a few wires (one goes to the headlight switch and one is I think related to the hood release cable) under there that were resting aimlessly up against a metal box located under the dash. Not sure what the box is. Maybe the ECM? In any event, I just pushed the wire to the other side of the box and the rattle went away. However, after a few more speedbumps, the wires worked themselves loose again. I then gave them a more thorough adjustment. Seems to be fine right now. You should definitely check if the wires under the dash are causing the problem. I thought the noise was coming from the upper dash until my amazing discovery. All you have to do it lightly tap on the loose wires under there and see if you get the rattle noise. If so, that's likely the problem. I also could tap on the top of the dash and the steering wheel and hear it. The last place I would have thought to look was under the dashboard panel in the driver's footwell. If I held the wires in my hand, the rattle went away. I guess I got lucky with this one as I know these tend to be hard to find. I do have sort of a wind fluttering noise at 75-80 mph that I cant seem to find out what's causing it. That's my next task. Good luck and let me know if the rattle was coming from those wires under the instrument panel just above the brake/emergency brake pedal.

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Thx for all the reply so far!!
It's odd it sounds like something rolling around but it happens when I go up a hill slowly and also back down the same hill so if it was rolling around it would happen only once only till the car titled the other way to make it roll back.

It does sound like it is coming from the instrument panels somedays and gonna check those wires tomorrow since it sounds similar to what you are describing hauserc!!
Let's hope!

I will report back tomorrow!

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Actaully Hauserc,
I Just went out there now and looked at the cloth cover.
How do I remove the 2 Black caps without breaking them.
They look like Push in fastener things. Just pull them?

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I have a rattle problem with the sliding sunroof cover. If it closed or open all the way it rattles all the time. If it is partially open about 1/3 of glass exposed there is no rattle. Mechanic worked on it for a while but it is still there. I have to take it back and leave for a day so they can play around with it. Anybody have any suggestions on what to do to fix it?

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I've got that same rattle, sounds like it's coming from the vent by the door on the driver side, taking it in to get it fixed and I'll let you know what they find.

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Actaully Hauserc,
I Just went out there now and looked at the cloth cover.
How do I remove the 2 Black caps without breaking them.
They look like Push in fastener things. Just pull them?

thx!
They are "Scrivets". You can get a pry tool at Autozone to pull them. You may be able to reuse them or not. Take one to your local auto body supply store and buy a box. I got 25 or 50 in a box for $6.00. The dealer wants like $2 ea for them. You will need many over the life of your Challenger.

I pulled mine when I insulated the heater pipes as suggested by another forum member.
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I had some rattles as well, some tapping up in the engine compartment and a few groans and squeaks driving slow and turning hard in parking lots, after some time looking around I found a knob on the dash that made them all stop at once...
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