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Old 03-31-2007, 08:16 PM   #1
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FYI E39 Rattle Fix

Well I finally found the bastard.

For the longest time I would hear rattle when I drove over bumps. I would hear it coming from the drivers side door jam. I finally isolated to problem yesterday. It came from the door latch. Simple fix, just took some hockey tape and wrapped it around the steel latch which is on the car, (Not on the door).

Done and done.
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Old 04-01-2007, 02:01 AM   #2
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i hate rattles in my car...I'm so used to it being so quiet that the slightest noise drives me nuts (until I fix it )...if I cant fix it, I turn the music up
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Old 08-22-2007, 02:24 AM   #3
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I'm still looking for my 'bastard'.

Front doors started creaking after a long trip especially when going over bumps.

-Applied Glycerin liquid on ALL door seals except for the flocked parts.

-Applied Meg's NXT protectant on hidden parts of the seals and let it dry for 2 hours.

-Applied electrical tape on both front door latches. (this made the doors close a little tighter)

Still couldn't get the bastard.

Then I found that when I lower the driver side window a hair then the creaking is non-existent. I'm thinking it's the top of the channel where the glass sits when fully raised.

I'm on CPO warranty now, would this door issue be covered?
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:25 AM   #4
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go over this...maybe your culprit is in here

http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/JC/Rattles.htm
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Old 08-22-2007, 03:16 PM   #5
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If you own an E36 like I do... you get very used to rattles and creaks...
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:42 PM   #6
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I Found It !!!

I finally found the source of my creaking problems (at least for now). It's the very top flocked weather strip of the driver-side door. The whole strip that runs from the front hinge up to the edge of the door along the door frame. When parked I pressed on this part of the door and heard the creaking that's even louder inside.

I applied Glycerin liquid along the 1/2 inch flocked part (yes the flocked part) and in between the rubber seal and the painted metal part. The door was dead quiet after that.

Glycerin is available at any drugstore for around $4. I bought mine from the U.S. and a big bottle cost me only $2.
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:04 PM   #7
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Simple fix, just took some hockey tape and wrapped it around the steel latch which is on the car, (Not on the door).
Sorry, but I cannot picture this. Did you happen to take pics or is it in plain sight right now when you are in the car?
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:47 AM   #8
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just took some hockey tape and wrapped it around the steel latch which is on the car, (Not on the door).
On the Driver (or passenger) side with the door open, if you're facing the seat there is a cylinder attached to the B-Pillar that the door mechanism latches onto. It's black and could also possibly be made out of plastic. Just look at the door lock mechanism and then see where it locks on to the body >>> that's what he's talking about.
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:20 AM   #9
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If you own an E36 like I do... you get very used to rattles and creaks...

Hmmm my 95M3 with over 260,000km has no rattles or creaks.
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