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Old 03-10-2005, 03:53 AM   #1
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My Bonneville has gotten to the age where it seems like every damn piece of plastic interior creaks when the car moves. This is especially apparent in the door panels which were twice removed to install front speakers. Also around the CD deck I installed early during ownership. The rest is untouched, but still creaks and is annoying. Any tips for making the damn interior shut it?
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I don't have a solution, but I'd like to reiterate the importance of this question. I've had my door panels off as well, and the one on the passenger side is worse than a cricket, especially on gravel roads. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
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I haven't had to address this in either Bonny yet but I went 15 rounds with a Z28 I had years ago. I ended up gluing pieces of foam using spray adhesive to the inner door panels to prevent the door lock and handle rods from vibrating against the metal (bass rattle). I cut smaller rectangle shaped pieces with a split in the middle and placed these over the A pilar fasteners and replaced the sail panel screws with larger ones.

Audi, Mercedes and others use what looks like a fuzzy tape here and there to quiet panels. You might want to try the local hardware store. Use this for areas that have a closer fit.
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I don't have a solution either. My 99 is really bad. I don't understand why but I can easily name off three items that drive me nuts: the overhead storage console, the skirt that runs along the windshield where the defrost comes out, and the two front doors. It drives me nuts too, so I just turn up the radio. The car is not driven hard nor driven on crappy roads (I do all highway). I just chalk it up to cheap components and poor engineering.
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I don't have a solution either. My 99 is really bad. I don't understand why but I can easily name off three items that drive me nuts: the overhead storage console, the skirt that runs along the windshield where the defrost comes out, and the two front doors. It drives me nuts too, so I just turn up the radio. The car is not driven hard nor driven on crappy roads (I do all highway). I just chalk it up to cheap components and poor engineering.
Agreed, I actually have a dash creek that drives me totally insane... when its cool here its at its worst.... When the weather gets into the 80'* no creeks... I may pull the dash and use some foam tape to hush it all up....lol

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This is very close to what I was thinking.

http://www.dorrie.com/flock/flock.htm

"Flock" is the fuzzy material inside jewelery boxes and on the inside part of your glovebox. You can get that stuff from craft stores but the product in the link is already in self adhering tape form.
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I've been successful in a limited fashion with Dynamat. The only problem is that when I get one section secured with the Dynamat, it causes another section to creak! :x
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My car has no creaks what so ever, I have had my doors off 3-4 times and my dash panel off more than i can count, I would think that you dont have the door on perperly. there is a black rubber piece that attaches to the door panel then clips to the door, its really tricky to figure out. I would recommend to you to go and buy new door clips so they are tight and not worn out.
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My car has no creaks what so ever, I have had my doors off 3-4 times and my dash panel off more than i can count, I would think that you dont have the door on perperly. there is a black rubber piece that attaches to the door panel then clips to the door, its really tricky to figure out. I would recommend to you to go and buy new door clips so they are tight and not worn out.
I've never had my car apart on the interior. Not once. I'm not into modding...

I dunno, my old 93 and the 87 before that were much better interior build quality than this 99. It'* no wonder the foreign automakers are able to win so many people over (and their the cars hold better value).

Working in the auto industry, the #1 thing that drives consumers perceptions of "cheap" or "poor build quality" are squeaks and rattles. Even if they're not major, it inflates the consumers perception of poor quality. And, I have to agree. I can't help but thing that the car'* interior is lousy and poorly designed.
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My car has no creaks what so ever, I have had my doors off 3-4 times and my dash panel off more than i can count, I would think that you dont have the door on perperly. there is a black rubber piece that attaches to the door panel then clips to the door, its really tricky to figure out. I would recommend to you to go and buy new door clips so they are tight and not worn out.
Again, the doors aren't the only problem, but thanks for the input. I will look into that if I don't sell the car before I get around to it.
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