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Thread: Rattle from front right bumper/fender.

  1. #1
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    Question Rattle from front right bumper/fender.

    Hi,

    Driving the car locally, there is a nuisance rattle eminating from someplace near the right corner of the car.
    Heard at 5-30mph over small bumps, as if something is shaking.

    Not the license plate, front grill. Bumper cover seems firm, as does body plastics in wheel well and the splash guard underneath. I would like to take off the bumper cover - but need a reference manual.

    Does not appear to be a loose electrical connector.
    Almost sounds like a bolt/tool that is stuck someplace in the plenum between the right headlight assembly and tirewell.

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    try wacking the splash guard from underneath and see if you hear it bouncing around
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    Hi,

    Did that, and to the bumper plastics, and splash pan too with heel of palm.
    Noticed a missing plastic clamp that retains the Rh headlight, and reattached it once it fell down. Idk how it managed to stay in there caught in the plenum with all the bumps. Alas, limited some of the rattling.

    Something to due with parking brake. Noticed when pulling away from a parking lot, thinking all of the recent rain fantastically silenced it, but the ebrake was on one-notch. Release ebrake, rattle rattle, etc.

    I suppose the cable is loose enough to be rattling within a retainer pan/cover or just against some underbody metal.

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