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My solution to rattling noise
I visited this site when I was first trying to figure out the noise coming from what appeared to be the dash in my 2008 Rav4 so I thought I would post my solution.
I bought my Rav in March 2013 and a week into driving it, I noticed an extremely annoying rattling/creaking noise in the passenger side of the dash board when I went over bumps. The car was still under warrenty so I took it to the dealership. Since the noise wasn't present all of the time, when they drove the car with me, they of course didn't hear the noise. The service tech took apart the dash and felted all the plastic pieces that might have been rubbing against each other and producing a noise.
The next day, the noise came back. Since I don't live close to the dealership I waited a month before taking it back again and demanded that they take the car and drive it until they heard the noise. They gave me a rental in the meantime. That same day, the tech heard the noise and noticed it seemed to be coming from the upper windshield. He looked up a TSP called "windshield ticking" and there were instructions on how to fix it. According to the notes, he pulled down the front visors and removed both the retainers that guided the windshield into place when it was installed (following the TSP). He road tested it and the noise was gone and then drove it with me later and the noise was still gone.
I have had it now for a few days and there has been no noise so I am confident that this was the problem. THANK GOODNESS!
I wanted to post this because the noise was driving me insane and I hope this can help others solve their problems as well!