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Annoying Rattling, How To Disassemble Dash?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by onesixseven, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Apr 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM
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    onesixseven

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    Hey guys, quick question... my dash, up in the center right where it meets the windshield, something is loose. Any time I hit a small bump/crack in the road it rattles horribly. Let alone offroading. I just lifted my truck and everyone thinks it's falling apart because of that stupid rattling. It's been there since i bought my truck, where do I start in terms of getting that big upper piece off so that i can iscolate the problem and fix it? I'm going over to a buddys in a bit and would love to have an idea before I get there, oherwise I'm gonna go at it like everything else and just start taking shit apart :rolleyes: any help is appreciated!
     
  2. Apr 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM
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    shove a piece of paper between the windshield and the dash. works for me
     
  3. Apr 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM
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    I'm looking for fix that's a little more asthetically pleasing and permanent. However if it comes down to it I'm gonna have to make a trip over to my printer ;D
     
  4. Apr 5, 2012 at 5:03 PM
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    I just shove one of my beanies between the window and dash in the winter. I have them in the truck anyway, and it fixes the rattling. I believe a lot of people have torn apart the dash to attempt to fix it, but it comes back a lot of the time. It's just what makes a first gen a first gen :rolleyes:
     
  5. Apr 5, 2012 at 5:07 PM
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    I cut up an old car wash sponge and stuck a few pieces down and around the vent on the passenger side where on warm days it would sometimes rattle in that area. Seems to work.
     
  6. Apr 5, 2012 at 8:03 PM
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    hmmmm. didnt realize this was such a common problem. i wonder what the hell it is. so just shove some type of foam/beanie/sponge/whatever in between where the dash meets the vents and cll it good? i actually believe it, because if i push down on it, the rattling stops. dammn, if someone fabbed up omething that permanently stopped it, that looked good, and sold it for a reasonable price, theyd make bank!
     
  7. Apr 5, 2012 at 8:06 PM
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    And a 2nd gen too lol
     
  8. Apr 5, 2012 at 8:09 PM
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    it does it on the 2nd gens as well?!
     
  9. Apr 5, 2012 at 8:13 PM
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    i had the same problem and freaked out on it one day while on a 2 hour drive through bfe and wacked the piss out of it..almost 3 months now i would say and nothing yet...
     
  10. Apr 5, 2012 at 8:15 PM
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    Mine does. Ehh maybe one day ill pull the dash and add some foam liner tape at the edges.
     
  11. Apr 5, 2012 at 8:21 PM
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    thats pretty much where im at with the damn thing. did u do a write up for that badass mod? :p
     
  12. Apr 5, 2012 at 8:22 PM
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    yea, i think its just gonna take some thought, but it can be figured out. lol i worl at lowes, so mayybe i should just do a lap around the store till i find something legit
     
  13. Apr 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM
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    Zip ties and somesort of line. GL
     
  14. Apr 5, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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    see, ever since doing my stereo, thats been my fix. but as we all know, when doing real offroading, u dont listen to music. so that lovely rattling is what i get to listen to. no bueno
     
  15. Apr 5, 2012 at 8:38 PM
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    "THE RATTLE FIX MOD"
    Step 1. spread hand out like your about to slap a hoe.
    Step 2. Begin by raising and lowering you hand down in a rapid angry pissed off annoyed fashion. bring the pain upon your dash
    If these steps do not work the first time try again...and again.......and again.
     
  16. Apr 5, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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    i love it! can we get a sticky!
     
  17. Apr 5, 2012 at 9:38 PM
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    I've just accepted my dash rattle (I think its the "airbag" rattle). I 4wheel, so I just accept shit loosens up.

    Along with accepting that I've accepted my seat squeak, clutch pedal squeak, center console chirp, etc...

    It's what makes it a truck
     
  18. Apr 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM
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    The dash rattle is a well known problem...toyota tried to fix it i think awhile back but they were never successful with it

    shoving something between the dash and windshield seems to be the most popular, functional fix out there
     
  19. Apr 6, 2012 at 5:56 AM
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    Glad I'm not the only one with this issue as well. I always thought it was in the air bag area. When I had mudders on my truck it really rattled, but I just put Nitto Terra Grapplers on and the rattle has stopped for the most part. Stll does it occassionly, so nice to know what to do. Like has been stated though, I do want the "fix" to look good or not be seen at all.
     
  20. Apr 6, 2012 at 6:30 AM
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    the seat squeak ha i know to well about this!:mad: but i bit the bullet crank the tunes
     
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