Tom & Cathy's RAV4-EV
Rattle Fix

Last Updated April 25, 2009

Driving around in a vehicle with no engine noise reveals all sorts of other sounds. Our accelerator pedal's spring makes a little plink! sound when depressed or released past a certain point. After verifying that it didn't indicate any problems, we've come to view it as an endearing part of the car's personality.

But, the rattling sound coming from the back of the vehicle was driving Cathy nuts. So, she sat in the back seat while Tom drove around. It didn't take long to pinpoint the source of the noise: the plastic covers over several places in the cargo area.

covered areas   These are the areas with plastic covers. There are two on each side.
We got a sheet of dense foamy stuff from the local craft store. For glue, we'd planned on using the same adhesive we used to glue the fabric on the doors, but it was a little too brittle, so we used a bottle of craft glue instead.   materials glue
small covers   These are the small plastic covers for the lower areas. The one on the left has narrow foam strips glued to all four edges.

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These are the large plastic covers for the upper areas. The one on the bottom has foam strips glued to all four edges.

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  large covers
This is a close-up view of the two large covers, showing foam on the bottom one but not the top.

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  close-up of large covers


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