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      11-26-2013, 03:12 PM   #1
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creaking behind trim?

I am hearing an annnnoooyyyinnng creak behind the lateral rear trim on the passenger side (128i). I can hear it when I'm driving, and I can make it creak if I press on the trim.

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Has anyone experienced this or know how to remove this piece of trim?
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      11-26-2013, 03:15 PM   #2
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You just pull. It's all clips and push push pins. Chances are you will break a few of the plastic ones, which is normal. Buy spares before you remove it.

As for the squeak, I suspect you will be blindly adding foam tape to suspicious areas until you nail it.
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      11-27-2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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thanks, I'll stock up on that foam tape
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Silicone spray works well if you don't want to dismantle everything. Shoot some into the crevices between the trim and the rest of the surrounding area surfaces. I had a similar problem with the "A" pillar trim where it meets the dashboard on the passenger side and the spray alleviated the popping/cracking sounds when the car went over bumps.
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Silicone spray works well if you don't want to dismantle everything. Shoot some into the crevices between the trim and the rest of the surrounding area surfaces. I had a similar problem with the "A" pillar trim where it meets the dashboard on the passenger side and the spray alleviated the popping/cracking sounds when the car went over bumps.
It's not a bad stop gap, but you will be back to do it again later.

"Disassembling everything" in this case is just pulling a panel.

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      11-28-2013, 11:34 AM   #6
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It's not a bad stop gap, but you will be back to do it again later.

"Disassembling everything" in this case is just pulling a panel.
Yeah, I know that, but when it's not convenient to remove the A-pillar panel, it's a good substitute. And if I have to give it another squirt of silicone spray (using one of those thin-tube sprayers), it's another 10 seconds out of my day. So far, it's lasted 2 months.
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My dealer "found" my squeak and "conditioned" the gaskets around my truck lid. Lasted all of 8 miles before it returned worse than before. Back in the shop next week.
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      11-28-2013, 05:39 PM   #8
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I have the same creaking on rear passenger panel, on my 2011 135i. As as temporary measure, I went around the entire panel, and pounded on the entire circumference with my fist. It helped, and released some of the frustration I had built up as a bonus ... ;-)
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      11-28-2013, 06:21 PM   #9
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I have the same creaking on rear passenger panel, on my 2011 135i. As as temporary measure, I went around the entire panel, and pounded on the entire circumference with my fist. It helped, and released some of the frustration I had built up as a bonus ... ;-)
haha, I'll try the fist method first.
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