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How to get rid of that squeaking from the centre vents
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How to get rid of that squeaking from the centre vents

Ok You know the one! That horrid creaking from the centre vents, more so if you have air con as it’s temperature and dry plastic related. Now you’re going to get rid of it for good and get some peace.

You’ll need to remove the centre radio (radio/ cassette player in this one) Click image for larger version

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You’ll need 4 pieces of rod of 2mm diameter to remove this hi tech radio/ cassette player.
They don’t need to be very long 3” or 75mm is ample

OK disconnect the battery

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Insert the rods as far as they go and then lever out the radio unit. The trim on either side is tough padding so you should be ok to lever with a largish flat blade screwdriver without making horrible marks but protect it if you’re nervous. Shouldn't take too much force, make sure the rods are fully engaging the release pins if it's reluctant to move. Ok the radio's out so place the unit to one side.
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Now you have some space


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Now remove the two torx screws at the base of the centre vents and then you’ll find it much easier to remove the hazard switch completely
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so you can pull directly and centrally from its vacated slot. Just push the hazard switch out and remove the connector by depressing the catch on the side.

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Now you can get a firm grip and pull out the centre vents.

You’ll probably have quite a bit if dust that has collected between the vents and the dashboard so clean this out as that won’t help the squeaks either.

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Use some WD40 lubricate spray and just lightly spray the inner vents connector seals which are bone dry.
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If you look at the centre vents now they’re out then there’s some very rough edges where the mouldings have been hot welded.

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Place some sticky pads on the top of the vents here over that rough plastic welding

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and also stick some sticky pads here on the dashboard so the vents will be nice and snug when you refit.

Then spray a little WD40 in the dash recess just to stop the last of the dry plastic contact squeaks and you’re done.

Refitting is easy but make sure the hi tech radio/ cassette player is pushed firmly in and secure once you have removed the rods.

Reconnect the battery. Make sure the hazard switch works and you’ll need to reset the day and time and any other personal settings again from the side panel

No more squeaks
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Re: How to get rid of that squeaking from the centre vents

Great advice and guide!

However, wouldn't you say that silicone spray might be better for the plastics than oil-based WD40? I would suggest using silicone spray or even silicone grease if you can get it.

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Re: How to get rid of that squeaking from the centre vents

Yes or use that handy pack of KY Jelly in the glove box
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Re: How to get rid of that squeaking from the centre vents

I just used WD40 for mine and it worked like a treat, so I think either type of spray would do. Obviously being careful with the WD40 and spraying in the areas that actually need it, but yeah great guide! Thanks!
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Re: How to get rid of that squeaking from the centre vents

Any idea how to remove the side vents?
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Re: How to get rid of that squeaking from the centre vents

very nice job. Thanks
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