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Toyota Camry Rattles



  • My pillar noise is like a clock ticking -- but it only does it going over bumps, not all the time. The most annoying thing has been the times I've driven over concrete roads with expansion joints regularly spaced -- Tick, Tick, Tick, over every joint. Thought I'd go batty! However, the last two times I've driven the car (I don't drive it every day, only a few times a week) the noise has not been there. I'm afraid to hope it has gone for good, but it may be a temperature-sensitive thing. Perhaps the slightly cooler weather has something to do with it. Don't know. It's too early to tell if it will return. The car definitely does NOT sound as though it's falling apart. It's not that bad, really, in the grand scheme of things, but just the fact that it's at ear level makes it audible to me even with the radio on. A noise doesn't have to be loud to bug me to death, as I have very keen hearing. I'll keep you posted as to whether it returns. Good luck getting rid of yours. Actually, the posts about the possibility of it being the door seals or window are interesting. I hadn't thought of that. My noise is only on the driver's side.
  • many are weather sensitive, like I know after the weather drops another 15 degrees or so I'll have to pull out the little stuffed pooch I cram in over the passender dash speaker and into the windshiled to quiet that 'cold weather' rattle. Good car but very cheapened...interesting to see if the redesigned 07 will as crappy in these regards.
  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    "...interesting to see if the redesigned 07 will [be] as crappy in these regards."

    Redesigned anythings have initial QC bugs.
  • sure, but the 'bugs' we are talking about here are part of all model years 2002+ so far. You are right though, a more thorough test drive of a Camry with 6 -7 K miles on it will be necesary before I purchase another. Shame, no problems with the car otherwise, though I'd love to see an AWD model....and don't tell me to get a's 8 - 10K more!
  • slim2slim2 Posts: 20
    I discovered that I can create the rattle we are all talking about by rolling down the window, grasping the vinyl window/door trim that normally borders the window when its up, and moving the trim. It creates the exact noise I hear when the window is up. It's plain old vinyl window trim. Maybe a silicone goo would fix it if you could get in the small gap without getting it all over the door. I tried putting some rubber bands in the gap, but didn't seem to help. It needs a shim or something.
  • I can do the same....but how to fix it...that is the question. I was going to try to get some vascilene in there.....
  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    slim2, since you and andrelaplume have apparently both verified the actual cause of the "rattle", might a non-Camry owner suggest you employ the services of an auto-glass shop to deal with the adjustment? While it would entail some nominal cost, you'd probably be more satisfied than with some car dealership flunky sleepwalking his way through a half-baked "fix" so he could get back to pushing his broom. (not all the dealerships' "boys in uniform" are certified mechanics)
  • Not a bad idea but if more and more folks find this is there problem I'd rather call Toyota and point to the posts. With my luck they will eventually acknowlege it but refuse to take care of my car since it was touched by non-Toyota hands!!!

    Seriously, I should try some sort of lube first...then maybe a glass guy!
  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    Well, you must do what you feel is best. Be aware that some rubber compounds are chemically attacked by petroleum products. Even if the rubber channel liners aren't affected, a lube will offer only a temporary solution if at all. Good luck.
  • leob1leob1 Posts: 153
    I had a sqeeking problem with the seat in my 05 Camry SE. The dealer could not get Toyota to replace the seat because they are extremely expensive as in thousands of dollors kidding. So, they took it to an interior shop which took the seat apart and lubed it. It worked, no more sqeeks.
  • I lubed the seal this morning. It seems inititally better my not gone all together and likley for no long. Toyotas solution all along has been to lube the window seals (though not the area where the seal actually seeds itself into the door. My experience has been that the lube quiets the area to a degree for a few days then noises return. This is hardly th etype of 'fix' I expect. Also, originally the used any old lube like Wd40. They found this left a residue which actually made the problem worse over time. They now reccomened a silicon based product. Lets be honest, the problem is not going away and will only get worse over time. I hope others start complaining here....maybe if Toyot a gets some bad press or folks start to complain or question quality when test driving things will change. Do not under estimate the power of these forums. Think back to the sludge issue and Honda's 'fire' issue with their Crvs....
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    My standard solution is to use a silicone spray [from any auto supply] on a paper towel, and rubbing it on without spraying directly.

    I don't know what WD-40 is good for, but it isn't this. I use the silicone also for squeaking cart wheels and the occasional sticking lock, and in every case, it solves the problem without the mess that WD-40 tends to leave.
  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    WD-40's chief advantage in this particular application is a virtually certain premature degradation of the rubber channels and shim materials to which it comes in contact with that support or in which the glass panes slide. Your suggestion to use a silicone-based product is good advice. Silicones are chemically and heat stable. (Many premium oil filters use silicone rubber gaskets and antidrainback valve flaps because they maintain their flexiblity and resist hot oil far longer than common nitrile rubber components.) For an even longer lasting fix for these window channel problems, use a silicone grease and apply it the same way you apply the silicone oil spray. It's pricey at autoparts stores, but quite reasonable in the plumbing departments of home improvement centers.
  • Where exactly are you putting the lube for the window noise problem? I can just picture greasing up my whole window when it goes up and down. I had thought my rattle was coming from the driver's door pillar where the seat belt adjustment is, but now I'm not sure. It may be coming from the driver's door in the area of the window seal (near the edge where it meets the door pillar), but I don't know where you are saying to use the silicone spray or grease? I noticed something interesting on Saturday. I drove to my parents' house during the day (dry, and about 73 degrees) and the rattle was there the entire time, worse than ever before. However, that night, while driving home, the temperature was down to about 60 and I didn't hear the rattle all the way home. The past week and a half has been terribly rainy in our area and I hadn't heard the noise at all. I thought it was too good to be true that it might be gone, and sure enough, as soon as we got a dry, sunny day it was back. Seems to be temperative-sensitive, though. Any thoughts on that, anybody?
  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    The inner door panel may have to be removed and the window removed temporarily to access the window's vertical edges for the silicone treatment. That's why I originally suggested using the services of an autoglass shop. They'd also be able to check and adjust the alignment of the glass in its channels, or the channels themselves, as necessary. Rain water seeping alongside the glass in its channels may have provided just enough "lube" quality to quiet the noise until it evaporated.
  • slim2slim2 Posts: 20
    Humidity may be a factor, in that it might increase them amount of 'cling' the trim has.
  • I will look for it. I am lubing here:

    1) Lower your Drivers Window
    2) Go outside the car and close the door
    3) grab the weather stripping in the upper righ hand corner of the window and carefullt pull it out as much as you can lubing whatever you expose. This is also why I like the spray since I can get the straw in there. I lube heavy the corner and all the way down. I then lube the area where the window sets itself when up. This has quieted the noise a great deal for the last week...but it is not a perfect solution and likely will need to be repeated numerous times. It also may not have anything to do with the pillar rattle BUT what you think is the pillar could be this.
  • The weather strip the window seeds into appears to pop right out and goes right back in. I soaked it in silcon spray. It has been better for one day and fact I can now hear the door pillar vibration again!
  • weather srtip noise back......short of stuffing some felt or something in there I think I'll have lo live with this another 3 years or so until I sell.
  • Try applying some multi-purpose grease to the weather stripping and the squeaking noise should go away.
  • I purchased my 2002 Camry brand new and also have experienced rattles in the dash and passenger side door with less than 10,000 miles accumulated. The rattles/squeaks are worse when the temperature is cold and while driving over rough surfaces. I took my car in a total of 3 times to the Toyota dealer where I purchased the car and once to another Toyota dealer which told me to turn the bass down on the stereo. The dealership where I purchased the car replaced a cowl piece on top of the dash and used insulation to try to solve the problem, but the rattles/squeaks are still present. I got tired of bringing the car into the dealer and gave up. I am very picky about interior noises and the noises I hear are very annoying. My Camry was built in Japan which led me to believe that the build quality would be better. I believe that this is an engineering problem rather than build quality. The car currently has 53,000 miles and has been flawless in its reliability. My only complaints are the rattles and small front seats.
  • My sentiments exactly!

    I have felt crammed in and around all driver door weather stripping hoping to indetify the most irratating of all rattles. I can quiet it if I press outward on the drivers window while driving but have yet to determine the exact cause. I am hoping if I find it the delaer can fix it...its been a worsening problem since day one. Of course then they could not hear it and not it a normal wear and tear item. If they won't fix it I'll contact Toyota...I figure I'll try to solve the problem myself first.
  • This stuff is great. My friend has been having a similar problem with his Camry. I'm gonna text (T9 Fast Text) him with some of these suggestions. Hopefully that will take care of it. Thanks. :)
  • NV010R-03: Body - Front Door Glass Wind Noise

    Anyone know about dealer won't elaborate, just that it does not apply to my 02 Camry...I'd like the details though!
  • I hate to hear that so many people are having this problem but at least now I know that I'm not alone.

    I have the EXACT same problem on my 2005 Camry at 10,000 miles it has been doing this since I bought it. I have a vibrating rattle that starts once I hit any pavement that isn't perfectly smooth. It appears to be coming from the joint of the two cover pieces over the driver side seatbelt. It is DEFINITELY temperature sensitive. All summer (I'm in Texas) it drove me absolutely freakin' nuts. Now that the weather is cooler in the mornings (mid 60's) it only vibrates occasionally.

    Has the forum come up with any good fixes???
  • Can you send back a response on how to remove the driver side seatbelt pillar covers???

  • when you hear the noise press outwardly on the drivers window with you elbow and see if the noise goes away. If it does it the weather stripping that the window seeds itself into.
  • I will try that this weekend and respond on Monday :) :confuse:
  • ncdadncdad Posts: 3
    Help. I have a 91 Camry that is driving me nuts. When I drive over speed bumps I do not hear the rattle, but I do when I go over washboard or and rough road I hear the sound. To try to find the location of the rattle, I got in the trunk with a mechanic's stethescope and had my wife drive me around the neighborhood. The stethescope did not pick up the sound through the floor of the trunk, but I could still hear it going over bumps. I checked the rear swaybar mounts and they all look good. Any ideas would be appreciated.

  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    Yeah, I do have a suggestion [we had other Camrys with this body in the late '80s]: the trunk lid is held up by a double torsion bar arrangement that runs from either side to the other side. Where the two bars meet in the middle [this would be in the trunk under the back shelf], there should be a separator - but in our cars, they still made enough contact to cause a noise on bumps. To test, wad up a couple of pieces of paper towel [or whatever] and stuff them between the two bars where they meet in the middle.

    This may or may not be your problem, but I found this after riding in the back seat of our car, and partially folding the seat down to find out where the noise was coming from - I could put my hand on the torsion bars and the noise went away...voila...
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