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    Slow mustang :( 006's Avatar
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    Dash/radio bezel vents rattle fix

    This is a fix on how to stop your dash vents from rattling and driving you mad at the same time.

    You need:


    -Pair of hands
    -Black RTV sealant
    - OR Can of rubberized spray (might be a better option)


    1. Take the shifter bezel out...just raise it up out of the way
    2. Snap out the vent/radio bezel and pull it out (be gentle)

    Apply RTV sealant on the spots shown in the pics below. The bezel and vents bracket are 2 seperate pieces..and they are held on by some shots of melted plastic. Problem is the melted plastic does not hold the vents bracket in properly, thus they rub against each other when the car is moving and causes the annoying rattle. What you are doing is making sure that the rub-points get some RTV inbetween them to shut them up.

    Vents


    Pull out of the way. Some may need a flathead screwdriver to help pry it out.


    Where to apply


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    All around the vents bracket, and as you can see, I was a little generous


    To remove the vents, put 2 fingers in and push gently to pop out the vents...do this from the rear of the bezel


    Out


    Apply some RTV in these areas..moderation goes a long way.





    Next, make sure the fins can move left to right freely..this will prevent some RTV from hardening and blocking movement

    Ready to snap back


    Align it


    The magic stuff I used


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    Next step: Enjoy the silence!


    ***If this helped you, please submit a reply to let us know of your results Thanks guys!
    Last edited by 006; 10-01-2011 at 01:02 AM.

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    Thanks.
    I noticed mine rattling on the way home after I purchased it.

    You should put arrows on the pics to show what edges you put the silicone on. I figured it out, but someone may ask about it.

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    I cant really tell what edges you put the silicone, but this is something I will do it mine is rattling

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    This does look and sound like a good idea, but I also can't tell very well where you applied all the silicone...
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    did this yesterday and so far so good. thanks for the write up. i would sometimes ride down the road with my hand on the bezel just to keep from going crazy.
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    will clear RTV work the same? Couldn't find any black yesterday?

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    Yea

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    lol good too know its not just my car that does this. After owning two f bodies i wasnt too bothered by it, but ill give this a try.

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    I just did this on mine this weekend. I used hot glue on most of it and the RTV on the vent registers. Works like a charm!
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    This fix kicks ass!!!

    Thank you! My vents were rattling so bad I was ready to take my fist and slam the vents.

    I used hot glue on the outside then the RTV on the pivot points. Totally quiet now!!!
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    Is it just me or is it difficult to see where the OP put the RTV?
    Been wanting to do this for years but I just don't want to mess this up.
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    Its just you, if you take the vents out it will make sense

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    I must not have done something right because last week the noise came back. I drove it maybe a handful of times since the fix, but the glue must have separated.

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    Use RTV on all the "pivot" points.

    Also one thing the OP does not do that I did is the side clips that secure the vent to the pivot points in the bezel were loose. I put RTV all over them too. I may have used a little to much RTV because the side to side adjustment is stuck. But I'm not touching it. The car is so quiet I don't want to risk the rattle again!!! Its seriously like a new car.

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    I did this, but something different. I had some female velco laying around and basically put it everywhere on the attaching area. It is very solid and doesn't ratter.
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    I'm trying this tomorrow night, that rattle shit drives me insane. I've had 2 cobra's and both have that squeeky rattle noise.
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    To get the RTV further into the pivot points I used a toothpick.

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    Does this work ?

    Im gonna try this soon on my 04 cobra, does it work ?

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    I have the two pennies wedged on top... drives me insane. I'll be doing this shortly.
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    Glad I saw this, I've got pennies wedged in mine too !!

    And it an't workin !!!

    Todays no cost mod of the day !

    Thanks op

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitrous SSC View Post
    Use RTV on all the "pivot" points.

    Also one thing the OP does not do that I did is the side clips that secure the vent to the pivot points in the bezel were loose. I put RTV all over them too. I may have used a little to much RTV because the side to side adjustment is stuck. But I'm not touching it. The car is so quiet I don't want to risk the rattle again!!! Its seriously like a new car.
    I took the center right/left directional flaps right out (takes a little flexing of the vent frame) and put a tiny amount of black RTV in each pivot mounting pocket then re-installed the vent flaps back into the vent frame.

    Then I came back 1/2 hour later and turned the flaps both ways all the way(several times). Repeat 1/2 hour later.

    The directional flaps will now be movable yet rattle free.

    I used a little too much on one or did not come back soon enough for the quantity I used because one vent tries to return to center... part way, so it will not stay at the extreme right or left, but it does still aim most of the way.
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    This is awesome because my vent rattle has been getting on my nerves. But I'm confused. I can't see where the RTV sealant is supposed to go. I don't see it in the pic. Can I get some help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01cobravortech View Post
    This is awesome because my vent rattle has been getting on my nerves. But I'm confused. I can't see where the RTV sealant is supposed to go. I don't see it in the pic. Can I get some help?
    Try adjusting your monitor brightness. That should help identify the spots.

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    Ok now I see it. Now here's the thing...on my bezel housing there is this black, twizzler-like trim that goes around the bezel. I didn't see this on yours. Do I remove this twizzler-like trim and put the rtv on the bezel and put this twizzler-like trim back on there? Or do I get rid of this twizzler-like trim completely and just go with the RTV sealant as you did? Thanks in advance for your input.




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