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I've searched and searched on this but had no luck finding a solution to what I (wrongly?) assumed must be a common issue. I've got a 2020 V60 R-design with about 24.5k miles on it that I bought used at about 22.5k miles. There's often (almost constantly) a squeak/creak over uneven roads or expansion joints. It does not seem to be temperature-dependent. If I push downward in the blue oval I can usually stop the noise, but sometimes it requires pushing forward/back/left/right, or even pulling up a bit on the trim. (It doesn't look nearly that dirty in person, I swear.)
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I pulled the passenger side trim off and that showed me nothing accessible to address it.
I have tried loosening and tightening the two screws in the ashtray and that didn't make a difference.
I haven't had a chance to remove the driver's side panel to see if I can get to anything that might help. The part drawings here aren't helping me all that much:


Has anyone else had this issue or am I just bad at searching? I'd greatly appreciate any tips because I've got a road trip tomorrow and don't necessarily want to hold onto this thing for 4 hours. Thanks!
 

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Maybe just spraying some silicon fluid will help getting rid of the squeaking.
Yeah, that’s what I’ve come down to since I’ve got double-sided rubber tape but nowhere intelligent to put it. Looking at various grease options that won’t just attract dirt or damage the plastic though I’m not sure how risky that is. Thanks.
 

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Maybe white lithium? Isn't that what is commonly used on interior parts? Maybe soak a business card in silicone and stick it in the joints, might be just enough. But I suspect it is something underneath causing the squeak.
 

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Maybe white lithium? Isn't that what is commonly used on interior parts? Maybe soak a business card in silicone and stick it in the joints, might be just enough. But I suspect it is something underneath causing the squeak.
Yeah, I think that's pretty safe for most stuff. I'll settle for quieting it down for now but would rather get to the root cause, like you said.
 

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Probably with squeaks and rattles they are all kinda different, so there is no monolithic fix here for you, sorry! The whole console is kinda all creaky plastic...

I hate rattles and creaks and such. I've built up a nice collection of felt tapes and teflon tape due to having owned a Subaru lol. If you could get those peices apart, and I know the console is a bit of a pain, I'd try a little felt or fuzzy velvet tape in between the two plastic parts, if it doesn't add too much interference, otherwise something think like a teflon squeak tape. I'd prefer that over grease which I think would just rub out of the way over time and the noise comes back. You might be able to lift or pull the parts away from each other just enough to sneak a bit of something in between them without disassembly...
 

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My brand new S60 started making a leathery type squeaking noice when turning the steering wheel. The sound clearly came from right next to the steering wheel and occurred at specific angles, four times from end-to-end turning. The mechanic said that a small piece of stuffing (?) was missing which, apparently, someone at the factory forgot to put in place. Fixing it took 10 mins.
 

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Probably with squeaks and rattles they are all kinda different, so there is no monolithic fix here for you, sorry! The whole console is kinda all creaky plastic...

I hate rattles and creaks and such. I've built up a nice collection of felt tapes and teflon tape due to having owned a Subaru lol. If you could get those peices apart, and I know the console is a bit of a pain, I'd try a little felt or fuzzy velvet tape in between the two plastic parts, if it doesn't add too much interference, otherwise something think like a teflon squeak tape. I'd prefer that over grease which I think would just rub out of the way over time and the noise comes back. You might be able to lift or pull the parts away from each other just enough to sneak a bit of something in between them without disassembly...
Yeah, my wife laughs at me when I'm moving my hand around trying to isolate a noise while driving (while safe, of course). This one really bugs me as it's pretty loud and even my cheaper cars haven't had stuff like that. I'll open up on the console some more or try the teflon tape idea too. That stuff can be had pretty thin. Now whether to do the console upgrade at the same time...

My brand new S60 started making a leathery type squeaking noice when turning the steering wheel. The sound clearly came from right next to the steering wheel and occurred at specific angles, four times from end-to-end turning. The mechanic said that a small piece of stuffing (?) was missing which, apparently, someone at the factory forgot to put in place. Fixing it took 10 mins.
Interesting. Not quite what I've got going but it sounds like something that's supposed to separate some parts has either moved or is missing. I did find a rubber band holding nothing to nothing, but unfortunately that wasn't it. :)
 
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