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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-22-2005, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hello to all, just wanted to share something that helped me fix the notorious tacoma dash rattle. Went to Lowe's and picked up some black vinyl tubing part number 26594. Got 6 feet of it cut just to be safe, shoved in between my dash and the windshield and now no more rattle. I saw where alot of other guys had taken foam or shoved just about anything in there, but if you want a clean look this is a great option, it looks like it ought to be there, like it was going around the windshield. Plus it's cheap, was only $1.08. Hope this helps someone
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What Taco model are we talking about? I have developed the same problem on mine(2004 DC 4X4 V6).
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Holy cow man I love you! My dash was rattling for 6 fucking YEARS driving me insane, you da man!

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post #4 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-22-2005, 07:36 PM
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I read the post on the warranty fix on the rattle. I have had the rattle come and go twice now. I'm taking it in next week for the dealer repair. I have about 90 miles before my warranty expires. I hope they will work on it - its not rattling right now...

If they wont do anything because its not making noise when I take it in, I'll try one of the foam or tubing fixes like above. It is clearly the dash on the windsheild - it goes away when I press on the the dash up there.

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Hello to all, just wanted to share something that helped me fix the notorious tacoma dash rattle. Went to Lowe's and picked up some black vinyl tubing part number 26594. Got 6 feet of it cut just to be safe, shoved in between my dash and the windshield and now no more rattle. I saw where alot of other guys had taken foam or shoved just about anything in there, but if you want a clean look this is a great option, it looks like it ought to be there, like it was going around the windshield. Plus it's cheap, was only $1.08. Hope this helps someone
Did the same thing a while ago - I actually used tygon tubing- ~1/4 OD and it worked like a charm
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I just took a small piece of paper, folded it up several times and shoved in between the dash and windshield. haven't heard a rattle for 6 months! Total cost- $0.00. Can't even see the paper unless you are looking for it. BTW, anyone know what this rattle is from?

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there are many different causes to the dash rattle(s). I have fixed one, only to have another come up. some are from loose clusters of wires, some are from the brake hardlines hitting the firewall, and some are from misc. pieces of plastic.
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post #8 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-28-2005, 08:38 PM
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I took it in today, with 35 miles left on the warranty. They "installed anti rattle foam" (not exacty sure what that is - but the name is on the right track) and found some loose wiring under the instrument panel at sub frame.

so far - on the 10 miles home I did not hear the intermittent (sp) rattle I took it in for. But time will tell.

They were totally cool about it too. If you live in Colorado - I gotta plug Burt Toyota. I have taken my Toyotas there for over 10 years. Quality work.
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Sometimes that anti rattle foam are just several latex gloves. I would prefer to use that vinyl. I'm gonna try that out. I hear my dash once in a while. People say its a washer, wires, etc. and the plastic parts of the dash, but if you notice that when you push the dash down there is no more rattle. So I'm guessing the vinyl is your solution.
Thanx great idea
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Thats good but my dash rattles on the pasenger airbag. I dont want to shove something in there just to have it fly out and nail the pasenger when the airbag is deployed. (01 D-cab)

Any solutions?

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Thats good but my dash rattles on the pasenger airbag. I dont want to shove something in there just to have it fly out and nail the pasenger when the airbag is deployed. (01 D-cab)

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more than likley doing this will fix your rattle too, and its totally safe. its not near the airbag at all, its up where the windsheild and dash come together

i used a folded up napkin to fix mine, gonna look into this though since i can totally see the napkin sticking out lol


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Correct, just push the dash down on the right side and you'll hear the rattle stop.

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IF you can stop the rattle with applied pressure it's simple enough. Shim that dash up so it doesn't move. Mine has had several rattles that I chased down..

The 2001 I had before the 2002 didn't rattle, but what the hell, It's only noise.

I wonder if my old Taco is more Taco or more rust by now.
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more than likley doing this will fix your rattle too, and its totally safe. its not near the airbag at all, its up where the windsheild and dash come together
Just thought it was from the air bag cause when I push down on it the rattle stops. I'll try the windshield thing though.
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well - the dealer fix lasted about 150 miles. now a couple new onse showed up in new places. Tracked on to a white tube or cable houseing near the gas pedal - pretty sure that was the worst of them. I am going to install some tubingon the dash, as that one still happens on big road bumps.

The instrucions here were great for taking the dash apart. Check it out if you want to go ona seek and destoy mission.http://www.customtacos.com/tech/inde...x_v2&id=77&c=6

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There are several spots that the dash rattled in my 2002. I had the dealer perform the TSB fixes and have not had a problem since. It was always worse in the winter. If it was fixed under warranty then they should cover a refix if you want to deal with them again.
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Yeah thanks for the fix guys, mine also sounded like it was coming from the airbag so I stuffed a small strip of foam around the passenger airbag- didnt work. I then tried what was recommended here, but I used a 7.00 roll of 3M weather stripping I got from the autoparts store. Sounds like a toyota now. No squeak, I cant believe how much better the cabin sounds.
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Hello to all, just wanted to share something that helped me fix the notorious tacoma dash rattle. Went to Lowe's and picked up some black vinyl tubing part number 26594. Got 6 feet of it cut just to be safe, shoved in between my dash and the windshield and now no more rattle. I saw where alot of other guys had taken foam or shoved just about anything in there, but if you want a clean look this is a great option, it looks like it ought to be there, like it was going around the windshield. Plus it's cheap, was only $1.08. Hope this helps someone
Just installed it, work great and looks better than the pieces of rubber I had stuffed in there before.

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Just installed it, work great and looks better than the pieces of rubber I had stuffed in there before.
My rattle has returned. After a couple days in the hot California sun the vinyl flattened out and now fits loosely between the windshield and the dash.
I'm going to look for something similar but with less chance of changing shape, maybe something in solid rubber, like some kind of rubber trim.

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My rattle has returned. After a couple days in the hot California sun the vinyl flattened out and now fits loosely between the windshield and the dash.
I'm going to look for something similar but with less chance of changing shape, maybe something in solid rubber, like some kind of rubber trim.

well, i've run around town looking for 1/4" black vinyl tubing but no one here carries it in black, so i went with heavy duty black spline for screen windows (not the foam stuff). the hardware store had some 3/8" rubber stuff that works pretty well. but its still pretty cold around here so i dont know how it will work for you.

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Went to Lowe's and picked up some black vinyl tubing part number 26594. Got 6 feet of it cut just to be safe, shoved in between my dash and the windshield and now no more rattle. I saw where alot of other guys had taken foam or shoved just about anything in there, but if you want a clean look this is a great option, it looks like it ought to be there, like it was going around the windshield. Plus it's cheap, was only $1.08. Hope this helps someone
I went to our local hardware store, picked up some black foam water pipe insulation. The stuff you would use in your house to cover your water pipes. I got a 6' piece for $0.74 CDN. I cut out a strip about 1/2" wide and the foam is about 3/8" thick and put it between the windshield and the dash. It worked great and like you said, it looks like it ought to be there.
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Hello to all, just wanted to share something that helped me fix the notorious tacoma dash rattle. Went to Lowe's and picked up some black vinyl tubing part number 26594. Got 6 feet of it cut just to be safe, shoved in between my dash and the windshield and now no more rattle. I saw where alot of other guys had taken foam or shoved just about anything in there, but if you want a clean look this is a great option, it looks like it ought to be there, like it was going around the windshield. Plus it's cheap, was only $1.08. Hope this helps someone
There is a TSB on the dash rattle for 01-04 Tacomas, guess if you were out of warranty you could fix it yourself:

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Holy cow man I love you! My dash was rattling for 6 fucking YEARS driving me insane, you da man!
6 YEARS? That's brutal. My truck is the love of my life, but if it had done that, I'd a shot it.

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Well, as I drove for about 45 minutes today, a intermittent rattle returned. I sounds like its behind the temp adjustment or that region. I have had the dash off and wrapped and tied down everything I could find. Anyone have the same problem? The noise is nearly constant while on the highway, like a constant vibration.
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I believe there is a rattle in one of the temp knobs, I may be wrong.
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Oh yeah! Pretty sure I isolated the rattle that has eluded my efforts - hope this helps someone elsa gain a piece of sanity.

The dash molding rubbed on the bottom of the radio, or some other plastic down there. I pulled the ash tray and grabbed the lip below the radio and wiggled - and there it was - the intermittent rattle that will go non stop on the highway for hours at a time then vanish.

So I pulled the dash molding, and on the bottom lip of the hole for the radio, I lined it with electrical tape, 2 layers to be sure it was snug. Fixed!!! Hopefully that will be it for a while.

Hope this is good for someone else. This was the one the dealer didnt fine either. I am sure it was quiet when they drove around.
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i just turn my music up really loud and the rattle goes away

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Oh my god. I didnt realise this was a known problem and it was driving me up the wall. Driving to school a half hour every morning all tired and grumpy, only to have to listen to the rattle was enough to make me swerve for a telephone pole.

Tomorrow I am calling the dealership and getting them to fix it. If the cant/wont I will go with the tubing fix. Thanks!

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i just turn my music up really loud and the rattle goes away
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i just turn my music up really loud and the rattle goes away
LMAO- I've done the same with every vehicle ive owned- shit starts rattling in the cab- Volume increases... But i suppose now i have my newer tacoma I can start "fixing" noises insteaded of ignoring them Thanks for the tips!

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