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    Default Help me to find the cricket in my Colt!

    When driving over rough areas on the roads, there is a chirr chirr (like a cricket) noise coming from somewhere on the passenger side, either where the door and pillar in the front meet or could be in the dash as well. I have taken the cubbyhole out, checked everything behind it, took the firewall cover off and checked everything there as well as the door cover and could not find any suspect!

    Anyone perhaps had a similar problem that can point me in the right direction to trace it.

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    Default Re: Help me to find the cricket in my Colt!

    Clean the door rubbers very well, then rub them with red rubber grease.
    (If it does not kill the cricket, it will at least prolong the life of the rubbers! )
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    Default Re: Help me to find the cricket in my Colt!

    Not saying it is this but also check the passenger seat- the seat adjuster that moves the seat forward or back has teeth which engages on the seat frame somewhere. That sometimes doesn't seat properly ( although seat is not loose) and vibrates.

    Had this on my Clubcab, when it happens I lean over and wiggle the adjuster on the side or move the seat forward a notch and back again.
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    Default Re: Help me to find the cricket in my Colt!

    Also check the seatbelt housing. Those tension springs tend to do that

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    Default Re: Help me to find the cricket in my Colt!

    When it is chirping give the seatbelt a pull so that it locks. If that is the problem it should stop chirping under tension

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    Default Re: Help me to find the cricket in my Colt!

    Try to isolate / confirm the origin of the cricket - sounds echo & reflect in a car.
    Use (or get a passenger to use) a "Redneck Stethoscope":
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    Stick one end in your ear, plug the other ear, and move the open end around to identify the origin.

    (I often use this in cars to identify the origin of a noise - try it, even for preventive maintenance.
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    Default Re: Help me to find the cricket in my Colt!

    Is it perhaps coming from inside the door? My car had the same issue. And guess what, it happened to be one of the loose washers (screw washer) that holds the speaker to the panel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eTouareg View Post
    Clean the door rubbers very well, then rub them with red rubber ghries.
    (If it does not kill the cricket, it will at least prolong the life of the rubbers! )
    Thanks 4E - that was my first guess as well - will clean them again and use the ghrease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Not saying it is this but also check the passenger seat- the seat adjuster that moves the seat forward or back has teeth which engages on the seat frame somewhere. That sometimes doesn't seat properly ( although seat is not loose) and vibrates.

    Had this on my Clubcab, when it happens I lean over and wiggle the adjuster on the side or move the seat forward a notch and back again.
    Will move the seat around a bit and also decline it to the back, but I have done that before with no success.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMWSHF View Post
    Is it perhaps coming from inside the door? My car had the same issue. And guess what, it happened to be one of the loose washers (screw washer) that holds the speaker to the panel.
    I removed the door panel, removed the speaker etc, and then drove around and it was still there so doubt that it is in the door. Door rubber seems to be more likely as I did patch a broken section with a piece of black duct tape and then it was quiet for a while - will use the ghrease method on this part and see what happens.
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    Default Re: Help me to find the cricket in my Colt!

    The search continue! Yesterday I did:

    Moved the passenger seat backwards, backrest backwards / forwards, locked the safety belt, but did not help.

    Then I smeared the door rubber with the grease as suggested, but the cricket is still there somewhere.

    Another possible cause could be that the airbag under the dash above the glovebox, could be the culprit. Will check that out this weekend.
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    Default Re: Help me to find the cricket in my Colt!

    Interior light switch perhaps? If the rubber has worn through then it will be plastic rubbing on metal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b_killer View Post
    Interior light switch perhaps? If the rubber has worn through then it will be plastic rubbing on metal.
    Nope, it is definitely more towards the front where the door hinges are located, but I did check that as well as the wiring lube going into the sidewall as well.
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    Default Re: Help me to find the cricket in my Colt!

    Why donít you try to fumigate the vehicle ? U get it your bigger hardwares

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    Default Re: Help me to find the cricket in my Colt!

    Serious? I take it you did not read my original post! Fumigation will not help to find a squeak!
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    Default Re: Help me to find the cricket in my Colt!

    Also check bonnet bolts.
    Had it on a Colt, one of the bolts got loose. Transferred sound through dash.
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