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    1. Member Steven85's Avatar
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      12-14-2011 01:26 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by JBryan84 View Post
      Hey guys, 2011 Jetta Sel with just over 5k miles. Been to the dealer once so far to have a rattle in sunroof/sunglass holder fixed, rattle behind the dash or navi unit, and a click from the headliner only when the sunroof was completely open. They did fix the rattle above the sunglass holder. They did fix the click noise when the sunroof was completely open, but now when opening the sunroof there is a loud squeek, so I'll have to take it back in to have that fixed. The rattle behind the dash/navi was not fixed as they said it was a normal sound, but when they put the navi back it's now a little crooked, like it doesn't sit flush as it did before. So I'll be taking it back in for that to be readjusted also. What should I tell them to look for as to the rattle/cracking sound I hear from behind the navi? Should I ask them to cover it with felt? And I am now hearing some rattles from both driver and passenger doors, what should I have them look for? I would like to tell them to take everything apart and line it all with the felt tape, would that be a ridiculous request? Thanks in advance guys.
      it is, but isn't a ridiculous request. We all did buy the new MK6 Jetta with nothing but plastic parts on the inside.

      That is why, when they asked me what I wanted to do about the Jetta under Lemon Law, I told them I want a Golf 4dr. As soon as one is located, I will be in a car with the soft touch panels for dash, and doors, and center console. Not going to get much rattles from something that is so tight fitting.

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      12-23-2011 11:40 PM #27
      I have a very annoying rattle coming from my navigation unit in a 2011 Jetta Sel. I only hear the rattle when going over cracks in the road, not necesserally from speed bumps. When I press firm on the top left of the toucscreen unit/plastic that surrounds navi the rattle stops. I have tried using electrical tape to fill the gaps around the touchscreen and around the frame surrounding the touchscreen to no avail. I have been to the dealer twice now to fix various rattles and this seems to be the only one they can't fix. Also I never pin pointed where the rattle was coming from until after my last visit to the dealership. Should I go back in and show them the exact location of the rattle and that by pushing on the dash/touchscreen unit it stops the rattle? Should I possibly try going to a different dealership? Or do you have any DIY ideas for me? I cannot take apart my dash as I'm not that handy. Thanks for any tips and or advice.

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      12-24-2011 12:21 AM #28
      Great resource. Sticky.
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      12-24-2011 03:26 PM #29
      I just wanted to share my experience with my 2012 jetta tdi, I brought it to the dealer and they said that there was no noise so I went over and found out that they washed my car. I think this is their strategy to make all noise go away. So I figured it out myself.
      The rattle on dash was caused buy the horn touching the body. The wind noise is cause by the black plastic at the bottom of the windshield. The right side has a gap while the left side is perfect. So simple remedy- silicone. My car is now noise and rattle free.

      Don't rely on the dealers. Sometimes, you have to get your hands dirty.

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      12-25-2011 06:11 AM #30
      i have a metallic ringing noise but i have the 2.5 engine (no turbo)
      is apparent after 2000 rpm

      any thoughts on that metallic ringing ?

      also got
      - everytime windshield wipers are activated, there is a click coming from the instrument panel
      - slight buzzing noise when recirculation is activated
      - headunit snapping/cracking
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      12-25-2011 02:51 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by Timstah View Post
      i have a metallic ringing noise but i have the 2.5 engine (no turbo)
      is apparent after 2000 rpm



      any thoughts on that metallic ringing ?
      That could be the horn hitting the body.

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      12-27-2011 11:21 PM #32
      I think I solved the Head unit/dash rattle by putting a layer of foam and felt pads between the radio and the hvac controls. I'm thinking the radio cage did not completely support the head unit and there was contact between the two. It's been a few days and the rattle is gone

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    9. 12-31-2011 02:48 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by blucherb5 View Post
      I think I solved the Head unit/dash rattle by putting a layer of foam and felt pads between the radio and the hvac controls. I'm thinking the radio cage did not completely support the head unit and there was contact between the two. It's been a few days and the rattle is gone
      how did you remove the headunit? dealer tech mentioned to just remove the trim and there are 4 torx screws...is this correct? any tricks to getting the trim off properly so it snaps back on perfectly?

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      01-01-2012 10:20 AM #35
      The trim around the head unit and heater controls is just held in with clips, start at the bottom and give it a pull. Once you get a corner unclipped I would use a trim tool to pry off a section at a time. There are metal clips that hold it in place, they are durable but can break if you yank too hard. Once the trim is off there are 4 T20 torx screws holding the head unit in. Once you remove it nyou can just unclip the radio harness and antennas so that it will come out. I put a layer of foam under the radio and felt pads on the HVAC control. I also put some felt tape on the contact parts of the trim just to make sure. Be carful not to put too much padding in or the trim will not line up properly. good luck

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      01-01-2012 12:12 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by blucherb5 View Post
      The trim around the head unit and heater controls is just held in with clips, start at the bottom and give it a pull. Once you get a corner unclipped I would use a trim tool to pry off a section at a time. There are metal clips that hold it in place, they are durable but can break if you yank too hard. Once the trim is off there are 4 T20 torx screws holding the head unit in. Once you remove it nyou can just unclip the radio harness and antennas so that it will come out. I put a layer of foam under the radio and felt pads on the HVAC control. I also put some felt tape on the contact parts of the trim just to make sure. Be carful not to put too much padding in or the trim will not line up properly. good luck
      What kind of felt pads and foam tape did you use? I see some online but the reviews are so varying its crazy.. will the adhesive need to be real sticky and stay that way or once its in, it wont matter because of the pressure? That seems to be the major complaint with some of the ones I am seeing. Links to the specific ones you used would be awesome The size also would be appreciated. Thickness etc.

    12. 01-02-2012 10:57 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by blucherb5 View Post
      The trim around the head unit and heater controls is just held in with clips, start at the bottom and give it a pull. Once you get a corner unclipped I would use a trim tool to pry off a section at a time. There are metal clips that hold it in place, they are durable but can break if you yank too hard. Once the trim is off there are 4 T20 torx screws holding the head unit in. Once you remove it nyou can just unclip the radio harness and antennas so that it will come out. I put a layer of foam under the radio and felt pads on the HVAC control. I also put some felt tape on the contact parts of the trim just to make sure. Be carful not to put too much padding in or the trim will not line up properly. good luck
      Thanks a bunch for the exact info I needed. Does disconnecting the stereo quire a recoding or any error erasing?

      Im sick or the dealer not having a clue to fix this. FYI for all that are getting the Fender sub recall...it doenst really help, and requires quite a bit of work on the dealers part...be sure you want to risk the dealer taking the rear apart to do the so called "fixes"

    13. 01-03-2012 07:18 PM #38
      I am a first time user to this site and was looking for assistance. I have a 2011 Jetta TDI with a 6 speed automatic DSG transmission. I have own the car for about a year now and just recently have noticed a noise coming from the front engine area, mostly on the centre to the passanger side. It sounds like someone is sawing with a hand held saw or a metal tube gliding against metal...almost like when you are using a super soaker...if that makes any sense?? It happeneds as soon as he car is turned on. I have been to the dealer couple times now for the same issue and they said they didnt hear anything. it wasnt until i got the tech to come to my car when i was leaving and listen for the sound.....he finally heard it and took it to the mechanic to have a listen.....i was told to come back so they can take a better look because when they 'originally' connected the car to get a diagnoses nothing was coming up. however they did mention that they had a 2012 Passat with the same noise. Can anyone help me or direct to to what the issue might be?? before I go back to the dealer to have them tell me its nothing....its getting very frustrating.

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      01-04-2012 08:50 PM #39
      Does anyone have an annoying plastic on plastic squeak coming from the bottom of the instrument cluster?? This has been in my car since day 1 basically. The salesman had the radio so loud and wouldn't shut up so I missed it. If I press the section directly above the wheel it squeaks and EVERY TIME drive its constantly chirping at me. I asked to have it looked at and they said all cars have some rattles and squeaks and I shouldn't be so picky! I demanded they look at it at my month out check up. Any ideas? I want to get this done right the first time.
      Side note: I also went to pick the car up at night and they managed to miss place the tow hook cover. Its black so I couldn't see it missing at the time, so I asked for one to be sent in and it took one month to get done and they made me install it. On top of all that, the cover doesn't match the paint correctly. I've had the car a month and I want to drive it through the showroom.

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      01-05-2012 06:07 AM #40
      The rattle is the one with the missing screw that the dealer has to install I believe. See the first post in this thread for all the rattles and their solutions (so far) Mine will get the missing screw installed at the courtesy check when it comes time to do so. It rattles/squeaks everytime unless I put pressure on the trim piece around the steering wheel. Your dealer sounds like a shady one. VW has a survey for your vehicle they email you and in it, just list all the rattles and your dealers crappy nature and rant away about wanting to drive through the showroom floor because of it and they will probably call you and tell you they will have techs come in from VW and meet you at the dealership to check your car. They did that for my brother and he got some of the rattles fixed and a 100 dollar check in the mail a month or so later
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      01-06-2012 03:02 PM #41
      70E6 Bulletin is for the Headliner Clip Replacement
      91l5 Bulletin is for the Fender Subwoofer Rattle
      68D4 Bulletin is for the Missing Bolt in the Dash

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      01-12-2012 03:18 PM #42
      I got the headliner clip recall done, and now the middle of the headliner rattles....

      Every interior piece of my car seems to rattle, it seems worse when cold. Cluster, Head Unit/HVAC, Driver and pass door panels, headliner, center console...

      This car has more rattles then my 1990 Nissan 240sx!

      This thread shold be sticky'd BTW

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      01-12-2012 03:39 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by whiplash willy View Post
      This thread shold be sticky'd BTW
      It is.

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    19. 01-14-2012 08:47 AM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by mikeang39@yahoo.ca View Post
      I just wanted to share my experience with my 2012 jetta tdi, I brought it to the dealer and they said that there was no noise so I went over and found out that they washed my car. I think this is their strategy to make all noise go away. So I figured it out myself.
      The rattle on dash was caused buy the horn touching the body. The wind noise is cause by the black plastic at the bottom of the windshield. The right side has a gap while the left side is perfect. So simple remedy- silicone. My car is now noise and rattle free.

      Don't rely on the dealers. Sometimes, you have to get your hands dirty.

      Merry Christmas!
      Damn straight! Why should the tech spend hours and find rattles when he really won't get paid for it? Doesn't matter how good the warranty person is, Volkswagen just doesn't care about the worker bees in dealers and thinks they should do more work for less or no pay.

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      01-15-2012 03:05 PM #45
      Has the TSI waste gate rattle fixed by my dealer. Nothing but sweet sensual whistle now. I have a rumble rattle in my bass when I'm cranking my stereo with a heavy bass band such as Tool. Otherwise nothing I'm in any hurry to ghetto rig a fix for.
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    21. 01-16-2012 12:16 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by Flyin18T View Post
      The windshield one was caused by a not-so-secure plastic rain/splashguard underneath the hood along the bottom of the windshield. Make sure the tabs that hold it down are interchanging where they secure to the side of the engine bay. There should be no play of movement when you try to jiggle it around. I'm trying on figure on how (and what) to wedge something along the sides of it to make it more secure. Once I fiddled with this and made it as secure as I could the rattle immediately went away. A few weeks later I heard it start to come back. I immediately readjusted the splashguard and the sound went right away.
      Just wondering if you ever settled on a lasting fix for this. I have a rattle near the front windshield (i think) at low rpm (< 1500) when I'm just getting the car going or when I shift into 2nd gear at 10mph or so. I checked the rain/splashguard and it's pretty loose (lots of play). The tabs are aligned properly on the sides but they are not snug at all.

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      01-16-2012 01:28 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by iampkim View Post
      Just wondering if you ever settled on a lasting fix for this. I have a rattle near the front windshield (i think) at low rpm (< 1500) when I'm just getting the car going or when I shift into 2nd gear at 10mph or so. I checked the rain/splashguard and it's pretty loose (lots of play). The tabs are aligned properly on the sides but they are not snug at all.
      Unfortunately I haven't gotten around to it yet. Luckily, although it is still a little loose it hasn't been making the rattle like it used too. When I get around to it I may try wedging some thin foam under where the clips attach to the side of the engine bay.

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      01-18-2012 03:48 PM #48
      Hello all, since the weather here in Michigan has dropped to 20 degrees, I now get a loud cracking/creaking in the dash, while driving over rough pavement. It seems to be coming toward the upper portion of the dash near the windshield. I pressed on the upper area of the dash but no cracking noise could be made. I did this when the car was making the noise while driving. I saw the thread about the noise caused by the rain splashguard along the bottom of the windshield. I checked it out and seems pretty secure, but then it's probably frozen. I do realize plastic makes noise in the cold, expecially during this time of the year in MI. Last week when driving over the icy roads, the dash creaked/cracked all the way to work, which drove me nuts. I would appreciate any feedback.

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      01-18-2012 04:44 PM #49
      hey my name is wade. i am in new jersey. i bought a 2012 gli autobohn edition in september and didn't realize this major problem until recently in december when the cold weather hit. there was water building up in the trunk under the matt and on the spare tire and the surrounding housing. i brought it into dealer and there was a missing vent or something that wasn't installed. on the paperwork there was a couple parts i noticed that said recall next to it on my bill sheet. now its mid january and i am having a problem with my weather stripping or something. for two days after it rains and i roll down my back driver window than roll it back up there is water coming up on the window. i am pretty unsatified with this car. i hope the dealer works something out for me besides just fixing it. gime a week or two and i will post my bill sheet so anyone can see what part it was and look at your gli. remember i didn't see the problem until the cold weather hit so if you live in warm weather area and u drive gli watch out.

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      01-18-2012 06:30 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by 43jetta View Post
      Hello all, since the weather here in Michigan has dropped to 20 degrees, I now get a loud cracking/creaking in the dash, while driving over rough pavement. It seems to be coming toward the upper portion of the dash near the windshield. I pressed on the upper area of the dash but no cracking noise could be made. I did this when the car was making the noise while driving. I saw the thread about the noise caused by the rain splashguard along the bottom of the windshield. I checked it out and seems pretty secure, but then it's probably frozen. I do realize plastic makes noise in the cold, expecially during this time of the year in MI. Last week when driving over the icy roads, the dash creaked/cracked all the way to work, which drove me nuts. I would appreciate any feedback.
      Ohio here same thing.

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