Fixing Bimmerfest's iX Creaking Noise Near Rear Seatbelt Retractors: Solutions & Troubleshooting Techniques

Fixing Bimmerfest's iX Creaking Noise Near Rear Seatbelt Retractors: Solutions & Troubleshooting Techniques
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It is quite common for BMWs to have creaking noises in the cabin, especially when driving over bumps or accelerating and decelerating. This can be caused by a variety of components, including seatbelt retractor housings located on both outboard positions at the rear-seat. Many owners have experienced this issue with their iX vehicles, where the noise goes away once the cabin temperature reaches 65F.

The problem has been reported to occur even after multiple visits to dealerships, which may suggest that it is an inherent design flaw in the back cargo area of the vehicle. It’s important to note that some owners experience a ‘clicking’ rather than a ‘creaking’ sound, particularly after driving around 2000 miles in cold weather.

Fortunately, there are solutions available online from other owners who have gone through similar experiences. One thread refers to a fix involving the D-column cover, while another suggests a more general solution such as cranking up the B&W audio system to mask the noise. Ultimately, if you are experiencing a creaking noise near your rear seatbelt retractors, it would be wise to consult these threads before heading back to the dealership.In addition to the above, there are a few other things you can do to reduce or eliminate the creaking noise. Firstly, make sure that all of your seatbelts are properly adjusted and secured in their retractors. Secondly, check for any loose screws or bolts around the cargo area as these may be causing vibrations when driving over bumps. Finally, if possible try adding some sound insulation material such as Dynamat Xtreme to dampen any rattles coming from this area of your vehicle.

Overall it is important to remember that creaking noises near rear seatbelt retractors can be caused by a variety of components and should not necessarily be attributed solely to an inherent design flaw in BMWs iX vehicles. With careful investigation and troubleshooting techniques such as those outlined above, owners should have no problem finding a solution which works best for them!

Is anyone experiencing a creaking noise emanating from the rear-seat seatbelt retractor housings on both outboard positions?

Yes, many people have reported this issue. The noise is usually heard upon acceleration or deceleration, as well as when going over bumps. It has been confirmed that it is not the rear parcel shelf making the noise.

Has anyone had a dealer fix this issue with the seatbelt retractor mechanisms/housing?

Some people have sent their car to the dealership to get this fixed, but unfortunately it does not seem to be a permanent solution. Others have suggested looking into the D-column cover for a potential fix.

Does this issue only occur in cold weather?

This issue has been reported more often in cold weather, but it can also happen in warmer temperatures. It is recommended to check the seatbelt retractor mechanisms/housing for any signs of wear and tear, as this could be the cause of the creaking noise.

What should I do if I hear a creaking noise near my rear seatbelt retractors?

If you are hearing a creaking noise near your rear seatbelt retractors, it is recommended to take your car to the dealership for inspection. The technician may need to replace the seatbelt retractor mechanisms/housing or the D-column cover. Additionally, it is important to keep an eye on the condition of the seatbelt retractors and make sure they are properly lubricated.