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Old 12-09-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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Rattle Solved (I think so anyway)

I was having a harsh rattle that was kinda pissing me off, but I was having a hard time localizing it. At times it sounded like it was coming from the passenger A pillar, at other times I thought it was coming from the passenger seat or the passenger door.

Turns out it was the passenger headrest. I had the headrest full upright and it was rattling when I went over bumps. I tilted the ratcheting headrest forward a few clicks and now I don't hear the noise anymore.

Assuming the noise does not come back, I am happy it was a simple fix.

Nothing like a rattle to really annoy you and make the car feel cheap.


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Old 12-09-2012, 12:27 PM   #2
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Yeah... it's always a great feeling to eliminate a rattle. I've conquered two out of about twenty rattles so far. The headliner alone is responsible for about fifteen of the twenty.

I have the same rattle you talked about, but alas... no ratcheting headrests. I think mine is coming from the passenger side seat-belt adjuster.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:07 PM   #3
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You can always have the dealership fix those. When I had them put my winter tires on I asked that they fix the seventeen rattles in my headliner. Warranty, you bought it. Use it.

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Old 12-09-2012, 02:30 PM   #4
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Yeah... it's always a great feeling to eliminate a rattle. I've conquered two out of about twenty rattles so far. The headliner alone is responsible for about fifteen of the twenty.

I have the same rattle you talked about, but alas... no ratcheting headrests. I think mine is coming from the passenger side seat-belt adjuster.
I thought that, too, but my rattle ended up being from where the plastic meets the headrest. I can lean over and push on the plastic or the headrest and get it to stop...now I just need to figure out the fix...
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:30 PM   #5
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Maybe raise the headret 1 click so it is not resting against the plastic?

In the past week, 2 things have made my Focus infinitely more enjoyable to be drive. 1) getting rid of the rattle and 2) I stopped buying gas at my local grocery store. The octane of the cheapo gas was kinda suspect and made the car run rough. Filled up at a normal station and the car is running smooth as could be. So much better to drive now.

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Old 12-09-2012, 08:51 PM   #6
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Took mine to the dealership for rattles. Told them exactly where they were coming from and when it happened. After having my car all day (9-5) and having "4 people test drive it throughout the day," no rattles were found. Leaving the parking lot, it started again. About to fix them myself and see how that goes before taking it back.
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I just recently diagnosed a rattle: It was the bezel (I think thats the right word) around the gauges. Right now I have a slip of paper stuffed between the left side of the bezel (tach side) and the main dashboard material. Its not neat yet, 'cuz I did it while driving on the highway.

I'm a bit hesitant to have the dealer fix it because he would probably have to take a bunch of stuff apart. I plan on doing a neater job one day. Should be done in less that 5 minutes.
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I just recently diagnosed a rattle: It was the bezel (I think thats the right word) around the gauges. Right now I have a slip of paper stuffed between the left side of the bezel (tach side) and the main dashboard material. Its not neat yet, 'cuz I did it while driving on the highway.

I'm a bit hesitant to have the dealer fix it because he would probably have to take a bunch of stuff apart. I plan on doing a neater job one day. Should be done in less that 5 minutes.
This is exactly why I want to do it myself...I don't want them taking stuff apart and causing more issues.

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Old 12-15-2012, 02:41 PM   #9
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Update:

The rattle came back, so obviously I had not really solved it - or there was more than one source.

Based on some other threads, I have placed a block of foam under the HVAC vent under the passenger seat. It did seem like it was kinda wobbly. There doesn't really seem to be anything securing it other than the ducting itself. We'll see what this does. If not, I will have to get the dealer to troubleshoot it. I saw where some other folks had loose seat tracks - so that is another possibility.
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