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Old 01-03-2008, 07:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Rattle/squeak in dash?

Hi there -

I am the owner of an 08 Highlander Sport....have about 2000 miles on it. Just wondering if anyone else has been experiencing a rattle/squeak noise coming from the dash -- it is more prevelant on a rough road. If you are on a smooth highway, no noise. If you even ride over a slight bump, there is a fairly loud rattle that emerges from the dash area. Anyone have any thoughts or recommendations? Thanks.
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I also have an 08 Sport. 3200 miles. I have two "sounds" coming from dash board. The first is coming from the speaker grille located on the leftmost dash mounted speaker. The second is what I am calling a "sympathetic vibration". It seems to be induced by other vibrations, like the engine, road surface, etc. Not a locatable rattle. It sounds like a cable harness hitting something ...

I will have it checked out when I take the HL for service.
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a Sport with 300 miles on it and yesterday I heard a cracking noise like plastic against plastic on the passeneger side door/ or dash area somewhere. Then the same exact noise began on the drivers side, same area. My carpooler and I listened to it driving home and we cant make out where its coming from. I'm in NJ and its 10 degrees out so I am not sure the freezing weather is doing something. When I close the doors I swear I can hear the same noise and I think its the side mirrors and the plastic housing they are in. Mine is going in Monday to get checked. Let you know what service says.
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I'm in NJ too -- so I was wondering if the cold is making it worse.....I was thinking about calling the serivce dept where I bought it.....I am curious what your deal says.
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Rattle

I too had an annoying rattle. I though it was coming from the dash, but guess what? It was the jump seat that was stored under the console.

I needed to install it for a third backseat passenger. After I did, the noise stopped.
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I also have an 08 Sport. 3200 miles. I have two "sounds" coming from dash board. The first is coming from the speaker grille located on the leftmost dash mounted speaker. The second is what I am calling a "sympathetic vibration". It seems to be induced by other vibrations, like the engine, road surface, etc. Not a locatable rattle. It sounds like a cable harness hitting something ...
08 Limited 3500 km, exactly the same thing as you describe. I already took mine to the dealer and they said they could hear nothing, although I can hear the sounds quite clearly. Very annoying.
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I've had my Sport for about 1K. I do hear cracking in the front every now and then. I thought it might be the cds in the dash but who knows?
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Same same. It's worse in cold weather. I have a standard with 4.5k. I think it's the dash rubbing against the windshield and sometimes if I hold down the speaker grill, it will go away. After driving and with the interior warmed up, it's gone.
I'll let the stealer take care of it.
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Same same. It's worse in cold weather. I have a standard with 4.5k. I think it's the dash rubbing against the windshield and sometimes if I hold down the speaker grill, it will go away. After driving and with the interior warmed up, it's gone.
I'll let the stealer take care of it.
I have the same exact issue. I push down on the speaker grills and the sound of plastic rubbing goes away. My noise seems to get worse the longer the car is driven. I had planned taking my in yesterday but as it works out, the noises were gone by the time I got to service. Now that I seem to know the problem, I am going to service soon.
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Sometimes some silicone spray will work as a temporary fix.
But the point is, we shouldn't have to muck with it, it's a dealer problem.
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Brand new owner w/ same problem

Just got my new Highlander 08 yesterday. Everything was good yesterday going home, but I started hearing a rattle noise coming from the passenger mirror/door. The noise is more persistent on rough roads. When driving on the highway, nothing ! My Highlander only has 80km/50 miles...

We got some snow during the night and the temperature dropped to -15 degrees. Since every dealers are washing their cars prior any delivery, could it be that some ice developed in the mirror "case" during the night ?

The dealer will have a look at it tomorrow. I'll report back the results.

I'm a new Toyota owner and must say that this site contains a lot of useful information.

Thanks, GN
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Exact same problem. I have 5000kms on and just noticed it recently - it's really my wife's wheels so I don't get much seat time. I was hoping it was just some ice in the door / window / mirror area. We haven't been above freezing for a while so I can't confirm either way.

First oil change in a day so the heated garage should take care of an ice issue. I'll let you know if that was the problem.

It is an annoying rattle though
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No rattle noise today, so of course my dealer couldn't find anything. The main difference between yesterday's rattle and today is that the weather was pretty nice (around -5C) and that the Highlander spend the entire day under the sun. No ice had any chance to develop. That's the only thing that I can see...
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:58 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Well my HL has been with the service dept for 2 days now. They heard the noises on Tuesday and spent the day figuring them out, then they asked to keep it over night so they could test it when its cold. I don't mind as they gave me a loaner and then today they spent the day again with the noises. The service manager says they think they have the noises fixed and they are keeping it again tonight to test again when cold in the morning. I'll let you all know what happens tomorrow and what the fixes were if they work. The service mgr admits these are new models and there are def. kinks to work out with them.
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:52 AM   #15 (permalink)
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jrosner50 - if you don't ind me asking. What dealer are you working with. I am in NJ as well and have the same sounds you describe. Please keep us posted with your situation.
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