Here's a thread of the temporary fix. I even tried using a backer rod. However, the backer rod will get "flat" after some weeks, and then pop out.
Yes, I took it to the dealership, they fixed it according to TSB. However, rattle still remains, and I FOUND THE REASON!
So the only way to fix it is, yes, take it apart.
- Take out A pillar, you need to press HARD!
- Take the entire dash out of the car (Remember to unplug the 2 plugs on the passenger side. One is for that tiny thing above, and the other plug is the yellow one I forgot what it was)
- To take out the gauge, you need to remove the clear cover first. Otherwise, it will not come out from the steering wheel
On to the pix!
Stupid A Pillar clip mount
Close up of the driver side "female" plug. This is the REASON why it rattles!
TSB fixes ONLY the male plug rattling inside the female. HOWEVER, it still rattles BECAUSE the female plug is loose inside the frame!!!
Center female plug: this one is blue. Same as the driver and passenger female plug, it is loose. I just put some paddings underneath so it is not loose anymore, and I do not know how to remove it.
Passenger side female plug
Dealership fixed according to TSB, but it still did not solve it.
A pic of female and male together
Because I think the TSB fix is not good enough, I add the "protection" inside the female, so the male plug will not move inside for sure! (this sentence sounds funny...) ALSO, i placed some double sided tape behind the white female plugs on both driver and passenger side. This makes sure the plugs will not rattle inside the frame <--the cause of rattle
Finally, put everything back, and rattle is gone!!!!!!!!
All thanks to: Vacation Pix