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      02-08-2018, 02:27 PM   #1
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Steering wheel column rattle/buzz?

I have noticed for a few months now that my steering wheel column has a buzz/rattle on the rougher road surface, even when I touch or push the column, adjust the steering wheel itís still there, again only on the rougher road surface.

Has anybody else has his, or has a cure?

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I have noticed for a few months now that my steering wheel column has a buzz/rattle on the rougher road surface, even when I touch or push the column, adjust the steering wheel itís still there, again only on the rougher road surface.

Has anybody else has his, or has a cure?

Thanks
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If you donít find your answer in link below...search ďsteering column rattle fixĒ

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http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=923182

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I used to have this and it was annoying. I fixed by removind the bottom steering column trim, stuffing 2 foam sponge on left and right column and reassembling. Hasnt made a noise since and it has been over a year.
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I used to have this and it was annoying. I fixed by removind the bottom steering column trim, stuffing 2 foam sponge on left and right column and reassembling. Hasnt made a noise since and it has been over a year.
I have it too and have had no success getting my dealer to give it the time of day.

How hard is it to remove the trim? Does it just pop off or do you need to remove the airbag and steering wheel to get to it?
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I searched the part number on eBay in hopes of seeing what's inside the steering column before attempting to take it apart. It looks like there's Styrofoam sandwiched into the bottom of the cover that could easily make the buzzing sounds I've been experiencing if it's not secured in there. Counterproductive sound insulation I guess. No amount of pressure, prodding, poking, banging, on this area stops the sound for me.



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I have it too and have had no success getting my dealer to give it the time of day.

How hard is it to remove the trim? Does it just pop off or do you need to remove the airbag and steering wheel to get to it?
It is pretty easy to remove. No steering or airbag stuff. It just pops apart as it is clipped together. I believe i found the instructions on how to pull it apart on this forum iirc. Just do a search.

And the video you posted is spot on as to how my car used to sound before i fixed it.
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It is pretty easy to remove. No steering or airbag stuff. It just pops apart as it is clipped together. I believe i found the instructions on how to pull it apart on this forum iirc. Just do a search.

And the video you posted is spot on as to how my car used to sound before i fixed it.
Awesome, thank you. Maybe I can tackle this this weekend!
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Thanks.

I shall have a look this weekend!

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Alright, I think I'm onto something.

See here for column cover removal (go to 10:12):

You don't need to have the steering wheel removed, but I would recommend having it turned 180-degrees upside down so you can work through the top of the steering wheel to unplug connectors in the trim piece.

The lower column cover trim has a chunk of Styrofoam loosely sandwiched between two pieces of plastic. Mine was flopping around in there, squeaking against the plastic pieces. I would just remove it but I assume it's there because it has a purpose, like protecting your knees in a crash, I don't know...

Anyway, I got it out, took it apart and loaded up every plastic surface the foam touches with adhesive-backed craft fabric. There were obvious contact points where the plastic and foam have been chaffing for the past four years, but I put it everywhere. Putting it back together the result is a nice solid feeling piece of trim before reinstalling it back into the car.

The lighter colored felt is what my dealer probably put in there to try to solve the issue, but it doesn't touch any adjoining surfaces so it did nothing.

Will test drive this weekend on a road trip to Vermont, but I'm 97% sure this is the source of that death buzz.



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I had my brake fluid changes yesterday and thought I'd mention it to the sales associate and he noted it down, when I went to collect the car he mentioned they had changed the steering wheel trim (the actual steering wheel trim) not the casing at the back which is making the noise.

Anyways, I've been in the car for a bit now and made sure i went over rough roads and the noise has actually gone. Albeit mine was very intermittent anyways and I could sometimes go days without hearing it, so lets see if that has done anything, I don't have high hopes..
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I have what sounds like a metal on insulation squeak around the steering column, but this was not it. Even drove around with this part off and still heard it.
Sounds further down the column. Any thoughts?
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I have what sounds like a metal on insulation squeak around the steering column, but this was not it. Even drove around with this part off and still heard it.
Sounds further down the column. Any thoughts?
Yes! I went through a ton of trial and error trying to find this stupid noise.

Finally found it and explained here:

https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...05&postcount=9

And here:

https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...8&postcount=15
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I have noticed for a few months now that my steering wheel column has a buzz/rattle on the rougher road surface, even when I touch or push the column, adjust the steering wheel it’s still there, again only on the rougher road surface.

Has anybody else has his, or has a cure?

Thanks
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Had my column surround replaced under warranty for the exact same thing.
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Yes! I went through a ton of trial and error trying to find this stupid noise.

Finally found it and explained here:

https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...05&postcount=9

And here:

https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...8&postcount=15
I missed this response, I'll try it next weekend.

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Yes! I went through a ton of trial and error trying to find this stupid noise.

Finally found it and explained here:

https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...05&postcount=9

And here:

https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...8&postcount=15
Thanks for the info. Just bought my F30 and have the buzzing noise. Going to try this module fix to see if gets rid of it.
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Yes! I went through a ton of trial and error trying to find this stupid noise.

Finally found it and explained here:

https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...38;postcount=9

And here:

https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...8;postcount=15
Thanks for the info. Just bought my F30 and have the buzzing noise. Going to try this module fix to see if gets rid of it.
Great job pushing this thread up. Just got a bmw and heard this buzz as well. Will tackle this asap
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So, removed the kick panel and was able to stuff some rattle tape up between the module and it’s clip. A little awkward for me to access it. The rattle hasn't completely gone but is a lot less frequent and only really aggravated on rougher roads. Hoping it holds up. Any other ideas?
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So, removed the kick panel and was able to stuff some rattle tape up between the module and it's clip. A little awkward for me to access it. The rattle hasn't completely gone but is a lot less frequent and only really aggravated on rougher roads. Hoping it holds up. Any other ideas?
Can you describe where and what this kick panel is?
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Itís the plastic cover on drivers side under your steering wheel where your knees would be. 2 screws if I remember right. Unscrew and you can pull it down to access the module.
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