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      11-21-2014, 05:19 AM   #1
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Dash rattle

Has anyone fixed rattles themselves in the dash? When I press down on the dash above the instrument cluster it stops. Any guidance on how to Diy is appreciated.
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      11-22-2014, 07:19 PM   #2
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Have the same one. Worse when it's cold out...

There is this thread, but I didn't see it listed there...
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=603745
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I think its the instrument cluster moving in its space. I noticed it worse when the dash is cold coming out of the garage, and seems to stop once the dash gets warmer from the heat on or sun on it.

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If you push on the instrument cluster does the rattle stop? I was thinking if I removed those two tork screws and tried to tighten up the edges with some tape it might stop the sound. Will let you know once I try it.
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If you push on the instrument cluster does the rattle stop? I was thinking if I removed those two tork screws and tried to tighten up the edges with some tape it might stop the sound. Will let you know once I try it.
Yep. I usually just turn up my stereo to drown it out. Let me know how your fix goes. I thought I had tried that last winter, but don't recall for certain...
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Has anyone fixed rattles themselves in the dash? When I press down on the dash above the instrument cluster it stops. Any guidance on how to Diy is appreciated.
Check the rattle thread, but in short, you need to remove the cluster and apply some adhesive felt on top of the cluster, the bottom and rear, then reassemble.
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      11-24-2014, 09:24 PM   #6
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Check the rattle thread, but in short, you need to remove the cluster and apply some adhesive felt on top of the cluster, the bottom and rear, then reassemble.
Damn. That sounds like a lot of work...
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Damn. That sounds like a lot of work...
Not really, there are two torx screws on the topside, look behind the steering wheel. Retract and raise the wheel a bit to see them. They are not very tightly torqued in place (and shouldn't be), once they drop down, you can detach the cable holding the cluster in and yank it out. I place the large blue painter's tape on the clear plastic portion, it scratches very easily.
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Check the rattle thread, but in short, you need to remove the cluster and apply some adhesive felt on top of the cluster, the bottom and rear, then reassemble.

Great advice. Thanks.
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Not really, there are two torx screws on the topside, look behind the steering wheel. Retract and raise the wheel a bit to see them. They are not very tightly torqued in place (and shouldn't be), once they drop down, you can detach the cable holding the cluster in and yank it out. I place the large blue painter's tape on the clear plastic portion, it scratches very easily.
Will try. Thanks!
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Dash Rattle DIY Fix

DIY Dash Rattle Fix
Difficulty: Easy!
Cost: Cheap! $12 bucks

I finally got sick of that annoying rattle in the dash that developed as my 2008 E93 M3 aged. For the longest time I could not figure out where the sound was coming from, and did some tests to figure it out. I found that the instrument cluster at play was the source of the noise, and that when the dash heated up due to the engine or sun it went away. But that drive up the hill in the cold morning always was so rattle filed that I just turned up the radio. Then I got a tune and exhaust, and the sound of my pipes became my most favorite morning music.
The rattle had to go.

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Step 1: Move your steering wheel fully forward and down
There is a short lever on the left side in case you didnt know!
Pull it down and the wheel will move freely. Lock it in the furthest down and out position you can.

Step 2: Get some felt tape and some blue painters tape
I could not find felt tape by the roll at my local Home Depot, Autozone, or Lowes. I spent more in gas driving trying to find than the $4.50 cents I spent once I figured out they had felt sticker letters at Michaels craft store. My wife was there getting some frames done and I happened to stumble upon them and was like holy crap, thats going to work! The Os, Is, Ds and 8ts were perfect for what was to come next.

Protect your fragile plexi glass instrument panel from scratches by covering with blue painter tape. It will make it so you wont accidentally leave scratches if the torx screwdriver touches it for some reason. Be careful! You will notice any scratches you make.
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Step 3: Get the right star key to remove the screws that hold the instrument cluster in place

I had a torx kit but the mounting screws that are located right above the cluster are small as hell. I didnt have the right size and went to pick that up from Lowes. The size you need is T9. You dont have much room to work so make sure to get something short to work with. Take out the screws and you will be able to gently pry the panel out from the top overhang the screws plug into rocking it downwards towards the steering wheel.
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Step 5: Put the cluster back in and screw it down

There are some tabs on the bottom of the cluster so you cant just push the cluster back in straight. You have to rock it back in reverse of the way you took it out. It can be a bit tricky at first, but take it slow and don't force anything. It may feel like the wheel is in the way and that just means you dont have the right angle on it trying to get back into the dash. The back rear should be skyward and the crystal you taped facing the stem of the steering column. It should rock back in easy as butter if you have it in the right angle. If it doesn't just try again to put the top edge at a sharper downward angle so the tabs are not hitting the soft lower dash piece.
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Put in the two torx screws and you are done!

Hope this helps and thanks to all who help solve problems on the M3 Post.
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I didn't want to start a new thread, but I have a rattle that sounds like it is coming from the passenger side dash or A pillar area. Hard to pinpoint to be honest. It only does it when I am at highway speeds (60mph+) or somewhere in that range. The faster I go, the louder it gets.
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      12-11-2014, 08:13 AM   #12
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Could be the glove box perhaps? Check out this thread...
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=603745
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