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SOLVED - two annoying squeaks in cabin

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by KirthGersen, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. Feb 8, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    KirthGersen [OP] New Member

    Jun 16, 2018
    So Calif
    2018 SR5 Crewmax
    About a year apart, I had 2 separate & very annoying "plastic-on-plastic" squeaks develop in my 2018 Crewmax, and both turned out to have the same and unexpected root cause.

    #1 Couple months after I bought the Tundra in mid-2018, I installed a grab handle on the driver side A-pillar. That required replacing the old A-pillar trim piece, and installing a new handle.
    Shortly after, I started getting a "plastic-y" squeak noises from the vicinity of the A-pillar, even on smooth roads. Noise varied according to the temperature.
    Of course I thought it must have been the last thing I touched, so I drove around with & without A-pillar trim, pressing & pushing various parts of the dash & trim, applying smear of silicone lube to plastic surfaces, etc.
    None of that worked.
    Eventually I figured it out after a few weeks, read ahead.

    #2 Last month, another annoying "plastic-y" squeak noise started, seemed to be coming from passenger side instrument panel or glove box. I disassembled glove box, had wife press and wiggle different portions of the instrument panel while I drove, nothing had any enduring effect.

    Both squeaks were caused by the swivel joint on each of the sun visors! You'd think the noise would have been obvious to localize & locate, but it wasn't.

    The sun visor swivels have a stiff, inner & outer, plastic bushing. Not visible from the outside.

    I removed the visor, applied some silicon paste lube to the bushing, rotated bushing to work-in the lube, and reattached visor.

    Perfectly quiet ever since, including the #1 squeak from summer 2018.

    Not much lube is needed - I used a toothpick to apply the lube to the bushings. Silicon paste lube is recommended, because it doesnt smell and is non-staining.

  2. Feb 8, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    georgiey22 New Member

    Nov 30, 2018
    2019 Tundra | TRD Sport | Cavalry Blue | Crew Max
    Great find. Easy fix but took time. Thank you for sharing this week us all!

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