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calibusje

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After my tread about our review after 3 months https://vwcaliforniaclub.com/threads/a-bit-long-but-honest-and-personal-review-of-our-coast.45819/, the following:
As some might have read, I am not really happy with the quality impression of our new California. Don't get me wrong, it's a super campervan and everything we expected from it and more. It drives and brakes very well and what I don't like is my own fault (front lights; ordered no LEDs on our coast... Luckily I still have fog lights).
This mainly cares about the rattles and squeaks and creaks. This is huge. I understand the noises inherent in the concept that it is a campervan and therefore a converted transporter. I have already been able to solve a few with simple interventions (localization is a lot more difficult). But it's the other sounds that don't leave a good impression: squeaking from the front seat (first the driver's seat and later also the other one). The dealer tried to solve this several times, but actually spraying a bottle of silicone spray has solved the squeaking and cracking. I'm happy for that.
Now I have for over a month a creaking at the windshield at the bottom right (cali 3 months in our possession and bought new). Sometimes severe, sometimes less and sometimes (rarely) not. So strange. Yesterday we had a reasonable temperature drop here in the evening and the air conditioning was at 20.5 degrees celcius and it was 18 degrees outside... and all the way back from work to my home: no crackling. Now I suspect it has to do with the air conditioning. Maybe this one makes the windshield (or something else but it really sounds like glass creaking and ready to shatter) shrink due to the extreme cold going through a tube (maybe even incorrectly mounted). My question: does anyone else have this? And if so, does it bother you too and what did you do about it or will you do about it?
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Calibusje

Just a picture to show I am still proud with our new cali.
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circuit Reims-Gueux, France https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reims-Gueux
 
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Does the creaking stop / reduce if you put a hand on the dash and press down ? (Obviously you will need your passenger to do that for you ;))

Do you have the A/c on most of the time ?
are the Dash controls set to direct air to the windscreen only ?
 
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Does the creaking stop / reduce if you put a hand on the dash and press down ? (Obviously you will need your passenger to do that for you ;))

Do you have the A/c on most of the time ?
are the Dash controls set to direct air to the windscreen only ?
Good thinking, thank you. The air conditioning is on automatic all the time (since delivery) and therefore not only directed to the front window. We had the creaking every day during our past trip (18 days France with sometimes extremely high temperatures). Then my wife pressed her hand on the dashboard and it made no difference: the creaking remained the same.
 
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Have you tried resetting the a/c motor limits ?

simple process of pressing a few buttons in the correct order (search should throw it up, myself or @GrumpyGranddad have posted the link to a short vid previously there may be other but that may help narrow your search)

Edit : try switching the A/c so it does not vent to the windscreen (see if that makes a difference)
 
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Have you tried resetting the a/c motor limits ?

simple process of pressing a few buttons in the correct order (search should throw it up, myself or @GrumpyGranddad have posted the link to a short vid previously there may be other but that may help narrow your search)

Edit : try switching the A/c so it does not vent to the windscreen (see if that makes a difference)
thank you, found the vid and will try it out.
 
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Have you tried resetting the a/c motor limits ?

simple process of pressing a few buttons in the correct order (search should throw it up, myself or @GrumpyGranddad have posted the link to a short vid previously there may be other but that may help narrow your search)

Edit : try switching the A/c so it does not vent to the windscreen (see if that makes a difference)
I did the reset (although it is a different layout of buttons, they stay the same and a reset could be done). Unfortunately it didn’t help but was definitely worth trying, so thanks again.
Just now, after a drive with the airconditioning on, I opened the bonnet and could hear the crackling but not to be located. Not yet, I hope it get solved. It’s annoying and if it is the windscreen crackling, it could be potentially dangerous.
 
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For what my thoughts are worth; from what I read the front windscreen is not mounted properly. Secondly, I would not try anything myself to fix it, your Cali is only 3 or 4 months old! Drive to the dealer, take a mechanic with you during test drive and explain your complaint. They should fix it! It is definitely not normal that a Cali has cracking sounds whatsoever! I have a third one (after T5 Beach, T5 Comfortline and now T6 Ocean all new purchased) and never heard anything.
 
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For what my thoughts are worth; from what I read the front windscreen is not mounted properly. Secondly, I would not try anything myself to fix it, your Cali is only 3 or 4 months old! Drive to the dealer, take a mechanic with you during test drive and explain your complaint. They should fix it! It is definitely not normal that a Cali has cracking sounds whatsoever! I have a third one (after T5 Beach, T5 Comfortline and now T6 Ocean all new purchased) and never heard anything.
Thank you for your valuable input; I noticed I still have my earlier made appointment for the squeaking and creaking of the front seats, but this has been resolved with a lot of silicone spray to use. So, I'm going to the dealer on Friday and I am indeed going to take someone from the workshop and turn on the air conditioning so that they can hear the crackling. After the ride also open the hood so that they also hear the crackling there.
I hope they can fix it because it is annoying and takes away enjoyment when driving (with the air con on).
 
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I would try to make a couple of videos showing the problem you have, just in case it magically won’t manifest in front of the mechanic. I had a failed double glazed rear window, booked an appointment and drove 50 miles to the dealer for it to have completely cleared on the trip.
 
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True, made an audio recording; will make more. Thanks for thinking along.
 
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