Purchased new Ford Escape five years ago. Except for basic maintenance every
few months at the dealer, I’ve had five years of problem free driving. Yes, I like
I realize the attached image is blurry, but you can easily see the dashboard cover
for the passenger side airbag.
When the outside air temperature drops below 50⁰F the top of the airbag cover
makes a rapid tick-tick-tick sound. It’s a low level sound, but very annoying.
My sister has long fingernails. I asked her to tap rapidly on a plastic laminate
countertop. That’s the sound I hear from the airbag cover.
During the spring and summer months the tick-tick-tick vanishes. Obviously, the
plastic is contracting when it’s cold and expanding when the air temperature rises.
If I run the heater for 15 minutes the cabin air temperature rises and the rapid
ticking slows down and eventually stops.
In my shop I found some 3/32" very flexible black vinyl. I cut a strip and pressed
it into the crevice (red arrow on image) at the top of the airbag cover. I hoped it
would silence the noise. It helped a little, but not enough.
What can I do to silence the tick-tick-tick forever?