From digest.v7.n259 Thu Sep 11 11:52:41 1997
From: "Greg Steinke (SJPO3)" <GSTEINKE_at_altera.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 1997 09:13:26 -0700
Subject: <E36> Annoying rear deck screeching
I have this very annoying screeching around the rear deck flat area
(behind/around rear seats). Has anyone isolated it and found a fix for
seems to me that it is coming from the area the rear folding seats meet
The solution was posted a while ago by someone else (whose name escapes
me). I did this last weekend, worked great. The foam tape on the top
edge of the air duct is key. My deck seemed to have been assembled
correctly, but still rattled. There's a lot of foam underneath the
deck; that wasn't quite aligned correctly, which may have caused
problems as well. I used 2-sided tape to put it back into position.
Remove the following items in this order:-
- Rear seat cushion. Pull up at front edge, then lift towards front
- Rear seat side bolsters. Pull top edge towards front of car, then
twist to disengage bottom hook.
- Locally lift the rear window seal and the door seal prior to removal
of the following two items.
- Rear door trim panel (I know, wrong name 'cos there's no rear door!)
Pull top edge towards center of car, then lift up.
- C pillar trim panel. Pull towards center of car, starting at top.
This item can be tricky to refit correctly. The pegs are easily
broken if care is not taken. Relocate the pegs furthest from you
- Plastic trim that clamps down the leading edge of the rear deck
shelf - it is located by 4 pegs that have to be levered out. When
refitting, remember to hook it back under the trunk access
The shelf can now be lifted out. The usual source of rattles under this
shelf are the wires that run underneath it. Secure them all with a hot
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gun or equivilant. Also stick 3mm foam tape on the top edge of the air
which contacts the underside of the shelf. That will shut it up tight.
When refitting the shelf, ensure that the 4 tags are engaged correctly
the point where it meets the base of the rear screen otherwise it will
continue rattling. Refit parts in reverse order. Apply a little grease
the seat cushion securing springs to aid refitting. I did all of the
in order to fit my speakers but it is debatable whether all that work is
justified in order to cure a "slight rattle", depends how keen you are.