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Dash/radio bezel vents rattle fix

Discussion in 'How-To' started by 006, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. 006

    006 Slow mustang :( Established Member

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    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.

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    Pull out of the way. Some may need a flathead screwdriver to help pry it out.
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    Where to apply
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    All around the vents bracket, and as you can see, I was a little generous :D
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    To remove the vents, put 2 fingers in and push gently to pop out the vents...do this from the rear of the bezel
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    Out
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    Apply some RTV in these areas..moderation goes a long way.

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    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
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    Align it
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    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 :shrug: Thanks guys!
     
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  2. thetastelingers

    thetastelingers eyem speshul Established Member

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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.
     
  3. Spoolx

    Spoolx Active Member Established Member

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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
     
  4. whiplash306

    whiplash306 Active Member Established Member

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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...
     
  5. greengt88

    greengt88 New Member Established Member

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    After my 2500mi road trip. I will be doing this. For my sanity
     
  6. i8urSS

    i8urSS New Member Established Member

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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.
     
  7. JWells33

    JWells33 New Member Established Member

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    will clear RTV work the same? Couldn't find any black yesterday?
     
  8. Spoolx

    Spoolx Active Member Established Member

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    Yea
     
  9. Riceater52910

    Riceater52910 New Member Established Member

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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.
     
  10. SLOWBRA

    SLOWBRA Active Member Established Member

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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!
     
  11. Nitrous SSC

    Nitrous SSC New Member Established Member

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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!!!
     
  12. Jomo1994z71

    Jomo1994z71 Can I get a KB WooWee! Established Member

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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.
    Thanks
     
  13. Spoolx

    Spoolx Active Member Established Member

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    Its just you, if you take the vents out it will make sense
     
  14. SLOWBRA

    SLOWBRA Active Member Established Member

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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.
     
  15. Nitrous SSC

    Nitrous SSC New Member Established Member

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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.
     
  16. Midnight_Cobra

    Midnight_Cobra It's an Atomic Serpent! Established Member

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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.
     
  17. specter

    specter Formerly jfox316 Established Member

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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.
     
  18. Nitrous SSC

    Nitrous SSC New Member Established Member

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    To get the RTV further into the pivot points I used a toothpick.
     
  19. stang23456

    stang23456 Yellow terminator Established Member

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    Does this work ?

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

    Sagittaria New Member Established Member

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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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