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      02-24-2009, 07:27 PM   #1
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Fix Armrest rattle?

Whenever I go over surfaces such as bricks or pavers in my 1er coupe the center armrest rattles. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, what was the fix?
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      02-24-2009, 07:43 PM   #2
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I have this issue as well, but I haven't fixed it yet. I'm interested in any findings that anyone has.
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      02-25-2009, 11:55 AM   #3
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This may be a dumb question, but is the armrest empty? I was disappointed to find there isn't a rubber mat in there to soften any contents from rattling.
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      02-25-2009, 05:06 PM   #4
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This may be a dumb question, but is the armrest empty? I was disappointed to find there isn't a rubber mat in there to soften any contents from rattling.
Haha actually that was the first thing that came to my mind. I always keep it empty as everything moving around in there would drive me crazy.

So, anyone have any advice?
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      02-26-2009, 01:30 AM   #5
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IO could say "Don't drive over any rough surfaces"! If it is empty, take it to the dealer. Otherwise, put a small towel on the bottom and see if that helps. Is it properly tightened down? Is the top tight or loose? I am sure it is a simple fix.
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      03-05-2009, 05:56 AM   #6
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I have this problem too and the solution I found was to put some cautioned stickers.
rattle coming from the right door and or the dashboard compartment are still giving me headache to illuminate
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      03-09-2009, 05:59 PM   #7
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mine did this in the beginning and then stopped when it was about a month old- I have no idea why, but it did
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      03-09-2009, 10:35 PM   #8
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SI B51 13 08
Body Equipment May 2008
Technical Service

SUBJECT
Rattle from the Armrest Hinge


MODEL
E82, E88 (1 Series) produced up to 3/2008


SITUATION
A rattling noise may be heard when the armrest is folded down and the vehicle is driven over rough roads. The noise is eliminated if any downward pressure is placed on the armrest.

CAUSE
The limit stop on the armrest folding mechanism is not adequately damped.

CORRECTION
Add felt tape to the limit stops.

PROCEDURE

Remove the armrest cover per Repair Instruction RA 51 16 196.



Press the lower edge of the hinge covers (1) outward from the bottom to release the lower part of the cover, as shown here on the right side cover.



Remove the fasteners for the retaining springs (1) and then remove the springs.


Fold up the armrest and pull it rearward to separate the two halves of the armrest.



Clean the vertical contact surface (1) to remove any grease that may be present. This should be done on both sides of the armrest.


Cut 2 felt strips to 10mm x 15mm.

Install 1 felt strip to each of the contact surfaces cleaned in step 5.

Apply Wurth Glide or a suitable alternative to the inside (concave) contact surface of the retaining springs.

Reinstall all components and ensure that the armrest moves up and down smoothly.

PARTS INFORMATION
Part Number
Description
Quantity

61 13 6 908 716
Felt Tape
1

Wurth True Glide, article number 0893 989, may be used for this procedure.

For more information on this product, please visit www.wurthusa.com or call 1-800-WURTHUSA.

WARRANTY INFORMATION
Covered under the terms of the BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
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      03-09-2009, 10:58 PM   #9
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Wow, thanks imdanomite!
Sounds like an easy fix, I'll still have the dealer do it though.
Are you a BMW tech? where did you find that?
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      03-09-2009, 11:41 PM   #10
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i work at a dealership. it's covered under warranty, so you have nothing to worry about. i've even gotten this done myself, so the noise is completely gone. definately not something you wanna do.
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      03-09-2009, 11:48 PM   #11
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Thanks for the advice, I'll give my service advisor a ring.
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      03-09-2009, 11:49 PM   #12
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Wow, a service bulletin for this. Thanks.
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      03-10-2009, 04:02 AM   #13
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      03-22-2009, 03:43 AM   #14
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      03-22-2009, 07:41 AM   #15
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As for the rubber at the bottom, just like the felt tape you can buy felt and rubber pads with adhesive on the back (lowes, homedepot) in the furniture aisle with the knobs and stuff. I had to do this all over a Toyota I had the damn rattley bastard that it was.
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      03-22-2009, 10:52 AM   #16
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i work at a dealership. it's covered under warranty, so you have nothing to worry about. i've even gotten this done myself, so the noise is completely gone. definately not something you wanna do.
Wow great job man! Could you shed some light on the passenger door and dashboard rattles? I know one of my rattles comes from the plastic covering under the steering wheel cuz it goes away if i put on hand on it. I've told this to the dealer and they were suppose to fix it but its still there.
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Thanks a lot by the way. I have scheduled mine for other problems but I will add this one as well. Thanks.
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My collection of rattles seem to change with the weather. B-pillar sub 40 degrees, then I get steering column cover and door in the summer months. I finally found the worst one though!!!! I always thought it was coming from the inner workings of the driver door, sounded like rattling sunglasses. IT'S THE BUTTON ON THE CRUISE CONTROL STALK!!!!

I'll certainly request a fix for that and armrest at next service, but for now I put one of my wife's tiny, clear hair bands to hold it in place. I am a happy man!!!! That son of a bitch was pissing my off on a daily basis, and visited the shop twice with failed attempts.
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      04-02-2009, 10:04 AM   #19
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Good luck!

With all those rattles, you'll be the expert in finding where they come from. I have some of my own (wind noise on the highway, dash/windshield and... sunroof) but I'll make sure to ask you if anything abnormal happens.
Again, good luck.
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      08-19-2009, 12:47 PM   #20
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mine sort of creaks, not rattles. Is that the same issue?
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      08-19-2009, 12:57 PM   #21
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Yeah, my arm rest had a creak. They fixed it when I brought the car in for service. Now no more rattle!!!!
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hi i have the same issue , i just disamble the armrest can anyone help me with a picture i dont know where to put the felp tape

thanks
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