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      08-29-2005, 12:17 PM   #1
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Does anyone else have a guage cluster rattle?

Well do you? Because I have one and its not to bad but it starts to act up sometimes and I hate rattles!!! Any ideas on how to fix it?
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      09-13-2005, 11:24 AM   #2
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The instrument cluster rattle can be fixed by tightening the two screws located at the top where the clear pastic meets the dash. Get a torx screw driver (I am not sure the exact size) and tighten the two screws very hard. You will notice the instrument housing is a lot stiffer now than before. Almost no movement upon pressure. While you are at it, you can tighten the two screws at the top of iDrive screen if your car is equipped with NAV.

Hope this works for you.

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thank you so much I will definately have to try that!
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coool, i started to have a slight rattle in the gauge cluster, i guess i will try this too.

i have another buzz/rattle coming from near the top vent / speaker area (non-idrive). not quite sure where it's coming from, seems like it might be inside the dash...
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coool, i started to have a slight rattle in the gauge cluster, i guess i will try this too.

i have another buzz/rattle coming from near the top vent / speaker area (non-idrive). not quite sure where it's coming from, seems like it might be inside the dash...
yeah, i've had the same rattle....i'll try it too.
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      09-13-2005, 11:46 PM   #6
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Wow, too much rattling going on...
Do you guys take it offroad or something??

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ditto - have the same rattle in the cluster and somewhere around the NAV
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      09-14-2005, 09:00 AM   #8
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Just but in your favorite cd and turn up the volumn...no more rattles. :rocks:
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I tried to tighten the instrument cluster screws this morning but they were already very tight. I was able to tighten the NAV screws a little, but I can't tell if that noise has gone away because the instrument cluster rattle is much louder.

I guess I'll just keep the volume up until I can get to the dealer. :-)
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      09-14-2005, 11:34 AM   #10
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The problem with rattles is that once you have heard them, you can hear them even through the music, and in an expensive car it is even more annoying! They are my pet hate!
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I think that makes sense. cause the louder the music, the more bass and that means more vibrations. oh well, can fix everything w/music.
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I tried to tighten the instrument cluster screws this morning but they were already very tight. I was able to tighten the NAV screws a little, but I can't tell if that noise has gone away because the instrument cluster rattle is much louder.

I guess I'll just keep the volume up until I can get to the dealer. :-)
ohh that's disappointing to hear. i have yet to try it on mine. more annoying though is the buzz that i get from the top vent (no i-drive).
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      09-15-2005, 02:25 AM   #13
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while driving home today i realized that the gauge cluster rattle that i claim to be hearing is actually from the steering wheel! if i nudge the steering wheel left and right by a little bit, it makes a click/cracking noise. u guys with the gauge cluster rattle should nudge your steering wheel at a stop and see if it's coming from there.
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while driving home today i realized that the gauge cluster rattle that i claim to be hearing is actually from the steering wheel! if i nudge the steering wheel left and right by a little bit, it makes a click/cracking noise. u guys with the gauge cluster rattle should nudge your steering wheel at a stop and see if it's coming from there.
ARGH... i'll try that tomorrow... the clicking crack noise is SOOO ANNOYING!!!! :mad: :mad: :mad:
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Thankfully, no rattling here. Gotta be the "N" factor.
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Screws.

nice.

Hopefully the service department will figure it out.

Otherwise...

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no, the sensational rattle is now coming from two places. One is near the gauge cluster and another is coming from the middle windshield area above my navigation.
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no, the sensational rattle is now coming from two places. One is near the gauge cluster and another is coming from the middle windshield area above my navigation.
seems like i have the same rattle from the middle windshield area. with the idrive dash, do u still have a vent/speaker in the middle of the top dash? that's where i think mine comes from..

i just hope that it's something the dealer can fix. often times they will just return the car to u without doing much.
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So, was anyone actually able solve the rattle issue???

I just started hearing mine this past week...hmm, will try the screw thing, but would like to know if it was solved by anyone in the end.
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What size torx screw driver is it?
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Did any of you actually get this fixed (either by yourself or by the dealer)? I have been experiencing the same problem for a couple of months now and it's driving me nuts!
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My dealer said they "lubed" something to make the cluster rattle go away. It did not. I find that if I press back and up on the plastic it gives me temporary relief.

I now have a rattle coming somewhere from the right-rear seat area. Driving on the interstate trying to bang around back there is not recommended.

These will have to wait for my next trip to the dealer.
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