**** The Definitive Rattles Cure Guide ****

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Post by Mafoo » Fri May 04, 2012 9:06 am

As fellow Z4 owners you are probably well away of the variety of rattles around the car that we suffer day to day.

I thought it would be good to start a thread that pulled the various "ailments" together as a definitive how-to.

Lay the problem out as follows:-

1. Location
2. Issue
3. Problem
4. Solution

I will start it off......

Location - front bulkhead (E85)
Issue - metallic vibration when driving over speedbumps.
Problem - engine bay stabiliser bar bolts slightly loose
Solution - Tighten stabiliser bar bolts.

Bit like NHS direct for a Z4 really :roll:

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Post by wantanM » Fri May 04, 2012 11:46 am

Great idea

Location: as if it was coming from the dash or steering column

Issue: f***ing annoying. A strange "creak" on a low speed corner that was also a sudden up gradient, ie an entrance to a car park

Problem: front firewall strutbaces. Blots slightly loose. Unable to detect this by hand/eye/or waggling. Only with torque wrench.

Solution: re- torqued to 35Nm. (no more - very careful not to overtighten it is possible to shear bolt!)
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Post by Stromtech » Fri May 04, 2012 3:33 pm

Annoying squeak behind your head when the hood is down.
It' could be caused by the center panel above the storage compartment:

http://www.zpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=389322
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Post by srhutch » Fri May 04, 2012 5:06 pm

Location, front passenger seat
Issue, irritating noise
Solution, leave wife at home next time. :lol:

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Post by andysat » Fri May 04, 2012 5:10 pm

srhutch wrote:Location, front passenger seat
Issue, irritating noise
Solution, leave wife at home next time. :lol:

Sorry had to be done
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Post by wantanM » Fri May 04, 2012 5:11 pm

srhutch wrote:Location, front passenger seat
Issue, irritating noise
Solution, leave wife at home next time. :lol:

Sorry had to be done
too easy...
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Post by jaRED » Fri May 04, 2012 5:41 pm

[quote="srhutch"]Location, front passenger seat
Issue, irritating noise
Solution, leave wife at home next time. :lol:

Outrageous!!
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Post by Bing » Fri May 04, 2012 5:49 pm

Stromtech wrote:Annoying squeak behind your head when the hood is down.
It' could be caused by the center panel above the storage compartment:

http://www.zpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=389322
I have this squeak !! Been driving me mad so I'm delighted there is a fix... Except the key pic showing exactly what to do where is missing :headbang:

Guess I'll just have to figure it out myself :?
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Post by Bing » Fri May 04, 2012 5:53 pm

1. Location - windscreen wipers
2. Issue - squeak when in use, usually at the end of a sweep
3. Problem - no idea...
4. Solution - lubricate every joint of the mechanism, including those on the wiper blade itself, with small amounts of 3-in-1

When it comes back, repeat :roll:
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Post by T2FFN » Fri May 04, 2012 6:07 pm

The wiper squeek is an issue abd can lead to the joint snapping off. My last Z4 did this, then it broke so driver arm didnt move. I have an old post on this, its an expensive fix if you go oem as you have to replace the whole thing.

I welded on a new ball joint. Search for wiper issue, i put pics up. My current Z4 has the same squeek, i will get to properly lubing this one to avoid it snapping.

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Post by srhutch » Fri May 04, 2012 9:15 pm

Bing wrote:1. Location - windscreen wipers
2. Issue - squeak when in use, usually at the end of a sweep
3. Problem - no idea...
4. Solution - lubricate every joint of the mechanism, including those on the wiper blade itself, with small amounts of 3-in-1

When it comes back, repeat :roll:
When mine did this he dealer replaced the motor and linkage assembly and it still did it so replaced the drivers side are and fixed the issue.

I will lube the pivot on the arm on my current car and see if it fixes the exact same noise I had on the previous car. I will report back.
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Post by spearman » Fri May 04, 2012 10:22 pm

Mafoo wrote:As fellow Z4 owners you are probably well away of the variety of rattles around the car that we suffer day to day.

I thought it would be good to start a thread that pulled the various "ailments" together as a definitive how-to.

Lay the problem out as follows:-

1. Location
2. Issue
3. Problem
4. Solution

I will start it off......

Location - front bulkhead (E85)
Issue - metallic vibration when driving over speedbumps.
Problem - engine bay stabiliser bar bolts slightly loose
Solution - Tighten stabiliser bar bolts.

Bit like NHS direct for a Z4 really :roll:

Matt

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Matt, great idea! Any pics of the bolts in question/location? This has been annoying me for a while and your post describes the exact issue! Sounds like a quick fix.


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Post by corsaire77 » Mon May 07, 2012 6:13 pm

middle panel rattle

Location:
- the plastic panel below the HVAC
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Issue:
- squeaks, especially on cold days

Solution:
- remove it with a flat head screwdriver and line the inside edges with double-sided tape
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Post by corsaire77 » Mon May 07, 2012 6:16 pm

Cupholder rattle


Location - the cupholder

Issue - rattles/squeaks

Solution - line the panel with foam (panel squeak)

Solution - the inner end of the cupholder has a tightening torx screw - it's either missing or not installed during the retrofit.
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Post by corsaire77 » Mon May 07, 2012 6:25 pm

Dash rattle - LHD cars, RHD should be the mirror opposite

Location:

it seems to be the airbag, the steering column, the instrument cluster, or the cupholder

it actually is BEHIND THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH


Issue:

A hollow plastic knocking sound when driving across bumps


Solution:

1) remove the instrument panel
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Attack the torx screw with a T20 key, gently pull the cluster, no need to disconnect the wire.

2)
reach into the hole and move the headlight switch assembly up and down - it will rattle as the plastic bolt in the rubber hole is loose.
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Take a flat head screwdriver, cut a piece of foam or double-sided tape, and squeeze it deep into that hole with the tip. Move the headlight switch assembly - it should be stable.

3) gently reinstall the instrument cluster
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