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frostyfeet

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Passenger side dash rattle
« on: September 17, 2023, 07:06:53 PM »
Hey folks,
About a year ago I became the second owner of a lovely 2007 Jazz with (at the time) 95000 miles on the clock, the car is in spectacular condition all round with a full dealer service history from new.

The only problem Iíve had with the car in my almost 1 year of ownership is a persistent rattle in the portion of the dash where it meets the windscreen and A pillar (or at least thatís where it seems to be coming from). The rattle is usually only present above 30mph and does not get much worse with speed, itís either there or it isnít. In my attempts to fix them rattle Iíve managed to rule out the A pillar trim as the cause, the rattle is the same whether or not the A pillar trim is present.

After spending one weekend too many scouring this forum and others, and fiddling with the dash to attempt to locate this rattle on my own, Iím officially at a loss. Has anyone come across a rattle similar to what I describe in their own jazz? If so, how did you go about fixing it? Iíve attached a photo with the approximate location of the rattle circled.

Thanks in advance for your help!

richardfrost

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Re: Passenger side dash rattle
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2023, 08:41:05 AM »
Could it be a loose cabin air filter behind the glove box?

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Re: Passenger side dash rattle
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2023, 10:15:14 AM »
Rattles other noises are tricky to tackle remotely, however I would try removing the passenger glove box complety together with the A pillar trim.
Does the rattle occur just whilst driving at 30 or vary if you increase speed, make a L or R turn?

frostyfeet

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Re: Passenger side dash rattle
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2023, 10:30:50 AM »

Could it be a loose cabin air filter behind the glove box?

Unfortunately I donít think itís the cabin filter as I have given the housing itís in a good shake and there is no play in it, the filter itself was replaced recently so isnít bent out of shape or anything.

Rattles other noises are tricky to tackle remotely, however I would try removing the passenger glove box complety together with the A pillar trim.
Does the rattle occur just whilst driving at 30 or vary if you increase speed, make a L or R turn?

Once travelling above 30 the noise remains the same, regardless of speed, it doesnít get worse when travelling on the motorway for example, itís the same as if I was driving around town. As for turning Iíve never noticed a decrease in noise when going around a bend, but Iíll keep an extra ear out next time Iím driving.

Iíll remove the glovebox and A pillar trim and take it for a spin when I get the chance and report back :)

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Re: Passenger side dash rattle
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2023, 11:16:33 AM »
Try it with the glove box innards out and the door open. May give a better clue.

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Re: Passenger side dash rattle
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2023, 02:19:17 AM »

Once travelling above 30 the noise remains the same, regardless of speed, it doesnít get worse when travelling on the motorway for example, itís the same as if I was driving around town. As for turning Iíve never noticed a decrease in noise when going around a bend, but Iíll keep an extra ear out next time Iím driving.

Iíll remove the glovebox and A pillar trim and take it for a spin when I get the chance and report back :)

For it to be a constant noise, unaffected by engine speed or road surface, makes me think it may be to do with the ventilation system. Try adjusting the fan speed, direction, air recirculation settings to see if itís connected. Could be as simple as a desiccated leaf somewhere in there.

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Re: Passenger side dash rattle
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2023, 03:38:32 PM »
Hey all, weekend has rolled around again so I finally got another chance to take a look at this.

Iím happy to report that the rattle is fixed! Having the door open is what allowed me to find the culprit! It was a piece of plastic trim in between the door and wheel well which was rattling, so it wasnít in the dash at all! A few cable ties sorted it right out. Iíve attached a photo of the offending piece of plastic (with where I placed the cable tie circled) in case it helps anyone else in the future! Thanks everyone for all the help :)

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