Rattles behind dashboard on Ford Fusion 2 '05 plate.
I have terrible rattles, especially on rough roads (everywhere round here!). They are coming from behind the dashboard, seems to be under where the windscreen heater vents are situated. I have removed the instrument cluster a couple of times but the dashboard seems to be a moulded unit with no access. Have looked under the steering wheel and removed the glove box searching for obvious loose items but all seems tight. I think I shall have to remove the dashboard but cannot find a Haynes manual. Can you help?
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broken spring top. damaged damper. steering idler. bearing plate lose. steering link damaged. would need to jack up that side at test every thing in list. could also be something lose in the side part behind the plastic covers. like a droped spaner
finding noises is hard work and is ART. get help. 1;: is it the dash it self, press on it, doe that stop of change pitch of sound. no? 2: i must be something inside. use a cheap rubber hose to your ear. and move hose all over dash underneath to find the true source. you never said under what conditions, it rattles. parked (rats/mice....), idling,, moving, or only bumps in road. or only during earth quakes, (LOL)
It may be that a guide for the steering shaft itself is worn and this could well seem to be in the dash board since the first sleeve in which the steering shaft is held is somewhat under the dashboard.
rattling when doing what? if it rattles when it is running or when it is driving, this will tell you roughly where to look. If rattling while idling, coming from engine or transmission. If you ONLY hear it when you are driving, check you U joint. they can wear out and start to rattle and clunk sometimes, especially when going in and out of gear...reverse to drive etc...
It's probably the rear sway bar links. If you can jack your car up and check right behind both rear wheels you will be abale to see the sway bar which is connected to short links about 5in long with ball joints.
If either of them are broken or not connected anymore it can cause some pretty loud noises when you ride on rough roads or hit bumps. They run about $35 per link so it's not a very expensive repair.