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Old 02-02-2004, 02:01 PM
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Dash board Squeaks a little

My new (to me anyway) 300D has a dash board that seems a little loose in the right hand corner. It squeaks. I know there are screws holding the dash secure. Those are accessed by removing the lower panel, maybe the blower motor and the glove box. But perhaps some movement is supposed to be there to allow expansion and contraction (and keep the dash from cracking). IF it is secured too tightly the dash may crack during expansion?

I can grap the end of the dash and move it maybe 1/16". Definitely the sqeaks are driving me nuts. Anyone have any experience tightening the fasteners?

Am I being paranoid? There is no crack on the dash yet except just towards the front of the car in front of the instrument panel. Trying to preserve the rest of it.
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Old 02-02-2004, 02:10 PM
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Eric,

Before becoming nuts, I should try a dry silicon based lubricant in an aerosol. Simple to applicate and a lot of chance for succes.

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Old 02-02-2004, 05:09 PM
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I had what sounds like the same squeak and it drove me nuts. I eventually traced it to the speaker grills. There are plastic tabs the help hold the grill in place and they were squeaking as the rubbed on the dash material. The remedy above solved the problem.
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Old 02-02-2004, 05:17 PM
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Speaking of speaker grills , behind them is a screw that is a dash mounting point. It has an 8 or 10 mm head. You might want to check it also. I know how annoying those noises can be.
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Old 02-02-2004, 05:45 PM
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If memory serves, there is a philips #2 head screw under the speaker cover that holds the front of the dash panel in and there are two bolts on the rear corners of the dash. I would try tightening them all, if that did not work would loosen them and shove the dash forward hard, it may have slid back a little.
You will need to take the underdash panels off to get to those two rear bolts. They will be up under there, near the outside edges. There are some slotted chanels they slide in, allows some adjustment with the dash. You may need to loosen both or just one of them to adjust the dash. Just use whatever you can and shove the dash ahead to get it up against the cowl tight. KLast time I had to replace one I used both feet to push it in place. That should stop the sqeeking, if that is where is was loose. Lots of stuff under there that can do that too.
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