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      12-20-2015, 10:39 PM   #1
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Seatbelt butlers rattle - can they be fixed?

It seems a lot of the interior rattles I have are coming from the seatbelt butlers (or whatever is the cool term to call them currently).

The both operate fine, with my driver side giving me the belt a good 90% of the time, passenger side handing it off maybe 40% of the time.

Would swapping in a new one eliminate the rattle? I realize these cars rattle more than they should, but mine isn't a bad example at all (I rode in a buddy's '11 335is with 1/4 the mileage and it rattled as much as mine). I just did a 2 hour drive in my wife's B7 A4 which made me realize how much my car rattles in comparison.

FYI, I like having the butlers, so I have no interest in eliminating them (which I assume most just code them out, which would do nothing for the rattling anyway).
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      12-21-2015, 08:24 AM   #2
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Be thankful yours actually work Nitrous! As to the rattle, I have 99 rattles, and a butler ain't one of em...
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      12-21-2015, 08:55 AM   #3
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I pulled the butler fuse long ago, Alfred is dead to me
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Same. I pulled the fuse to the seat belt butlers 4 years ago and it was the best safety mod I've ever done to the car

But seriously, just kill those things and don't even use them. They're a horrible design.
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Again, mine work fine. They rattle when NOT IN USE. How is pulling the fuse or coding them out going to fix that?

Everyone is suggesting I stop using something that works and I like even though that suggestion does nothing to resolve the problem I am having. Brilliant.
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I love my seat belt butler and so do my passengers. They think it's the "neatest" thing. As for the rattling, try rapping a thin piece of felt around it to see if it helps. Thin enough that it will still slide back in it's slot.
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Hey op, try some gummi pfledge, when in it's the extended position, lube it up.
Stuff worked great for some miscellaneous creaks and rattles I had goin on
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I love my seat belt butler and so do my passengers. They think it's the "neatest" thing. As for the rattling, try rapping a thin piece of felt around it to see if it helps. Thin enough that it will still slide back in it's slot.
Same here I love them and so do my passengers. I don't know y so many people hate them
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I love my seat belt butler and so do my passengers. They think it's the "neatest" thing. As for the rattling, try rapping a thin piece of felt around it to see if it helps. Thin enough that it will still slide back in it's slot.
Same here I love them and so do my passengers. I don't know y so many people hate them
Because they break so often and work only 20% of the time in half of our vehicles. Thankfully I don't have an E92 any longer, because mine were crap. Anyway, back on topic to help Nitrous out!
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Where do u hear the rattling from? The arm part of the assembly that pushes the seat belt or from somewhere inside the panel. I don't get any rattling sounds on mine but I do get some rattle from the cup holders closed or open
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Rattle sounds like it is coming from inside the panel on each side, right in that area.
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Same here nitrous. Drives me mad when i have my shocks on the hardest settings. I think mine are coming from inside thr mechanism somewhere...
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Was this ever resolved?...just bought an 09 plate E92 and am loving the quality over my previous car (Ford Focus) but the passenger side is exhibiting a plasticky rattle around the seat belt butler area...
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Was this ever resolved?...just bought an 09 plate E92 and am loving the quality over my previous car (Ford Focus) but the passenger side is exhibiting a plasticky rattle around the seat belt butler area...
Nope, still have the annoying buzzing at certain speeds. Haven't tried to fix it yet
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My seatbelt thingies have always worked 100%
But my driver one started to rattle just recently.

I have no other rattles in the car but now this seatbelt arm is rattling right in my ear.
Pulling fuse isn't going to help that.
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