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Old 11-04-2011, 08:53 PM   #1
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Plastic Windshield Pillar Covers Squeak

The plastic cover which encases the windshield pillars is loose and rattles/squeaks when driving over rough surfaces. Even driving over the reflectors which divide the lanes on the road causes them to rattle. I tried tightening the lower screw and all it does is spin. Only 1,600 miles.

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Old 11-04-2011, 09:00 PM   #2
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If it spins it's either not seated properly or stripped. Try taking the screw out and making a hardware store run.

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Old 11-04-2011, 10:43 PM   #3
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neither the bottom screw on left or right pillar will back out. looks like the sun visor has to be removed to take off the corner piece where the pillar meets the roll bar.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:55 PM   #4
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Hmm. Probably stripped. Try gently prying the A-pillar out a little bit...see if that gives you enough slack in the head of the screw to put some pressure on it, then try backing it out while maintaining the pressure. If that fails, see if you can get a pair of needle nose pliers on the screw head, and try backing it out that way.

If THAT fails, it might very well be time to deploy a small-scale tactical nuclear device.

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hey jeff - mine is doing it too. didnt do it all when it was warm out.

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Old 11-07-2011, 08:45 PM   #6
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hey jeff - mine is doing it too. didnt do it all when it was warm out.

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Jon, this is exactly what I thought and agree with you!
I took it apart over the weekend. The lower "screw" that spun freely isn't stripped, it's actually an expanding plug which is supposed to pull and hold the plastic pillar cover close/tight to the metal pillar. I think the screw threads are too thin and doesn't cause the plug to expand enough to pull/hold the cover close to the pillar. The covers on both sides shift about 5mm.

I wonder if the dealer has any of that felt which the factory puts on the back of the seatbelt buckles? A couple strips of that on the pillar or where the covers overlap should quiet the squeak, plus I think it will hold up to the AZ heat.

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