Well I didn’t want to speak too soon but I don’t think my door seals squeak anymore. Using a degreaser seems to have done the trick. It does appear that any lubricants on the rubber just make the noise worse. Over a couple of weeks I just gave the rubber a wipe over with dilute Fairy or whatever, not too often, just when I remembered. For the last month or so I haven’t had any noises worth remarking on. I have got into the habit of just giving the seals a wipe over with a dry cloth when I wash the car but I do the sills anyway so it’s an extra 30 seconds work.
More news generally. I’ve also been making a concerted effort to sort out rattles. The major part is obviously finding out where they’re coming from so it’s taken me a while.
The passenger speaker grille used to rattle, nothing to do with music being played, it just rattled. So I popped it off and used some thin foam packing sheet to line the outside where it fits into the door. Sorted. As it turned out I also used to get the rear parcel shelf ‘bang’, this was sorted with the Velcro fix that can be found in the FAQs. One of the more irritating noises was a loud rattle from somewhere around the cigarette lighter. It turned out that was the cheap plastic used in the little coin tray next to the handbrake. I sliced a little squeegee rubber, prised the tray to one side slightly and dropped the rubber in. No noise. The last one seemed to yield the best results. I tightened every accessible 8mm nut I could find around the dashboard. There are a few above each foot well and one or two under the covers at the ends of the dash. The difference this made was noticeable as soon as I drove the car.
So there you go. That’s what I’ve been doing. And as the car still looks stunning after last weeks big clean I’m quite chuffed at the moment