Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Northeast Ohio
Model: Ford Taurus
Engine: 3.0L 12v Vulcan V6
Rep Power: 16
Passenger Side Vent Removal And Creak Fix
One thing that bothers me when it comes to cars is interior creaks and rattles. When I acquired my 2005 Taurus, the passenger side vent assembly would make a creaking noise from time to time, even when driving on a flat freshly paved road. Now I consider an occasional creak when going over bumps or traveling on a rough road to be normal, but the ticking from the vent was too much to stand. Here's a solution I found that finally silenced that ticking noise as well as an alternate for removing the passenger vent, (without removing the barrel first).
Note: Both removal and the creak fix are for the Gen 4 Taurus.
Removing the passenger side vent from the dash is the part that is time consuming and frustrating. The Ford service manual says to carefully pry the vent barrel out on the left side. Well, there is no way to pry the barrel out without scuffing or damaging the plastic, but I found another approach. Open the glove box and insert a long flat-blade screwdriver behind the dash up towards the vent assembly. This will allow you to gain access to the two bottom tabs. Use the screwdriver to "feel" for and disengage the tabs. After disengaging the bottom tabs, tilt the barrel down as far as it can go and insert a small flat-blade screwdriver though the vent to release the top two tabs. You will need some patience with this and I also recommend that you start with the top left tab. You probably will scuff the tabs up a little bit, but no one will see them anyway. Once you disengaged the last tab, carefully pull the vent assembly out.
- Felt tape or a sheet of light-duty felt adhesive
- A small flat blade screwdriver with a long thin neck
- A medium sided flat blade screwdriver
The Creak Fix:
For this step, remove the vent door located inside the assembly. On the opposite side of the thumb wheel, push the barrel out with your thumb. Insert the door back into the vent assembly, making sure the door operates correctly with the thumb wheel.
So you ask; "What does removing the barrel have to do with creaks?" You'll find out why under the installation step.
On the back of the face plate, you will notice several pressure points. Cut a thin piece of felt tape or felt adhesive and apply it to the back of each pressure point.
Simply slide the assembly back into the dash until all the tabs engage.
If you performed the creak fix, a little extra force might be required to engage the tabs. Do not reinstall the barrel just yet! Drive the car for a few days and verify that the vent no longer makes noise and is to your liking. That way, if you need to make further adjustments, you can easily release the tabs without the barrel being in your way. When you are satisfied with the results, reinstall the barrel by inserting the right side in first and then by firmly pressing on the left side until it clicks in.
(Revised post. Original post: Creaking Passenger Side Vent - A Solution)
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2005 Taurus SE
Vulcan OHV Engine