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2011 Driver’s side under dash clicking – solved??

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rjlem, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. Mar 31, 2011 at 5:02 AM
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    rjlem

    rjlem [OP] Active Member

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    I know there are a ton of threads on this and rather than try to post an answer on each of them, I figured I post what seems to have worked for me.

    Up under the dash I found two possible sources of the clicking.
    (I had a noise like two hard pieces of plastic hitting each other).

    All work is done under the dash on the driver’s side;

    #1
    The cable casing for the hood release clips into a guide that is simply a clip fit in a plastic bracket. That bracket has a lot of play in it. I drilled a small hole in the bracket and ran a plastic wire tie around the bracket and cable casing.

    #2
    The heater duct outlet also seemed like if could be an issue. It too is only a press fit into a support bracket and into the main duct from the heater plenum. It also looks like the ductwork could be hitting some of the brackets that support the dash. First I used foam pipe insulation and wedged it between the ductwork where it may hit the brackets and then I used a couple of long wire ties to strap the end of the heater duct tightly to its support bracket.

    Everything seemed quite on the drive into work this AM – so I’ll have to see if it holds.

    If anyone wants pictures, let me know and I can post them.

    Regards, Rick.
     
  2. Mar 31, 2011 at 9:36 AM
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    I'll get those up tonight.
     
  3. Mar 31, 2011 at 1:04 PM
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    Thanks for the info and future pics. I've been hearing a clicking but it sounds like it's coming from the window. Maybe what you've described is the actual cause. The way sound travels in this truck is a bit weird, so maybe! I guess I should take out my boxes of .22 ammo, too...
     
  4. Mar 31, 2011 at 3:30 PM
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    rjlem

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    First pic is the hood release cable with the wire tie - sorry about pic quality.

    Third Pic is the heater duct with the wire tie.

    This didn't seem to do it - looked more, there is a shroud around the steering shaft that seemed loose, two white nuts hold it down and they were not tight - second pic. Looks like there may be a shaft for a third nut.

    Parking brake cable might be problem but depressing pedal while driving did not seem to make difference. fourth pic.

    There was a blue plastic something(?) inside the kick panel the seemed to be loose also - fifth pic, stuffed foam between piece and the kick panel.

    Will have to see tomorrow how it goes.

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