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2017 mdx hybrid advance rattle/rubbing sound coming from glove box area

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It's not the glove box itself, but it sounds like there's something rattling/rubbing in there when you're driving over rough roads. It was even worse on my 2016 mdx tech sh-awd.

Can't hear it at all if you're driving on smooth roads.

The sound could possibly be even louder in the summer when things expand because of the heat.

Just would like to know if anybody else has had this issue and if so how did they fixed it or dealt with it.

There has been a similar thread 10 years ago, but no solution for 3rd gen. Glove Box door rattle

But I don't think the sound is coming from glove box door itself.

Thanks for the responses.
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Open the passenger door and look forward of the door hinges between the fender and the chassis. There's a stiff piece of foam in there that's sort of stuffed in place to absorb sound. See if that piece is moving around at all (and for comparison, check the driver's side for the same foam piece). I was chasing a similar sound on my '19 right after I got it, and in the end it turns out that foam piece was floating around behind the fender, and over bumps you'd get this odd sound that seemed like it was coming from the glove compartment. Had the foam replaced and it was quiet as a mouse.....

Added a pic of the foam piece when it was loose. That sliver of foam you can see towards the left should be fully stuffed in so you can't see forward. In my case it got "unfolded" and was flopping around....
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