Mysterious windscreen trim issue on C3 Picasso!

Questions not related to the fuel type, like Manual Gearbox, Body Work, Lights, Interior trim and Seats, Steering, Brakes, Beeping, Wheels and Tyres to be asked in this topic only.

Audio has its own section - see further down the page.

Please provide as much information as you think may be relevant like recent work on the car and you can attach photographs directly to your topic using the form below the text box.
Forum rules
One question per topic.
No Engine questions
Think: Manual Gearbox, Seats, Bodywork, Lighting, Interior, A/C, Heater, Wheels, Steering, Brakes, Tyres and Suspension
My Name: steveharman

Experienced Member
Posts: 63
Joined: Mon May 16, 2016 8:26 am
Model: C3 Picasso
Year: 2010 (10)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 100000
Trim Level: VTR+
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 1 time

Post

Hi,

For some time now we've noticed a tapping/rattling noise, which sometimes gets loud at speed - coming from the driver's side of the dashboard. It sounded like someone waving a piece of plastic cable inside a piece of guttering! Plastic on plastic.

Today we noticed that a piece of windscreen trim had come loose - it isn't noticeable when the car is moving and this might be the culprit, it's certainly in the right place to explain the noise.

On closer inspection there seems to be some self-adhesive tape underneath the trim - but it doesn't look like the protective cover strip has ever been removed, as if it was never stuck down from new! Before I go ahead and clean up the bodywork, remove the plastic cover from the adhesive strip and stick the trim back down - does it sound like I'm doing the right thing? I'm just bemused at the self-adhesive strip still having the cover on. Photo attached.

Thanks,

Steve

IMG_20200225_102033.jpg
User avatar
My Name: C3CAR

Guru
Posts: 2610
Joined: Wed May 04, 2011 11:01 am
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2002 (02)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 140000
Trim Level: Exclusive
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Engine name: DV4 16-valve diesel (90 PS)
Has thanked: 144 times
Been thanked: 88 times

Post

steveharman wrote: Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:54 am Hi,

For some time now we've noticed a tapping/rattling noise, which sometimes gets loud at speed - coming from the driver's side of the dashboard. It sounded like someone waving a piece of plastic cable inside a piece of guttering! Plastic on plastic.

Today we noticed that a piece of windscreen trim had come loose - it isn't noticeable when the car is moving and this might be the culprit, it's certainly in the right place to explain the noise.

On closer inspection there seems to be some self-adhesive tape underneath the trim - but it doesn't look like the protective cover strip has ever been removed, as if it was never stuck down from new! Before I go ahead and clean up the bodywork, remove the plastic cover from the adhesive strip and stick the trim back down - does it sound like I'm doing the right thing? I'm just bemused at the self-adhesive strip still having the cover on. Photo attached.

Thanks,

Steve

IMG_20200225_102033.jpg
Sounds like you are doing the right thing.

It may not even be the first windscreen it had from the factory and the fitter didn't peel the backing.

The glues used need a very clean surface to work properly.
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post