Squeak noise is a phenomenon which is often categorized as BSR, i.e. buzz, squeak and rattle. It arises from stick-slip movement between parts in contact. In a vehicle cabin, this noise is undesirable and has to be prevented. Simulation methods are used to find critical contact conditions in the construction at an early stage of development. For accurate predictions, these methods have to take nonlinear behavior into account. In this paper, the Harmonic Balance Method is applied to a three-dimensional finite element model in order to calculate vibrations of systems with dry friction contacts. The system’s sensitivity to different contact formulations is investigated. For a reference, a test rig has been built. It consists of a beam with harmonic excitation. The beam is clamped at one end. At the other end it is in dry friction contact with a plate. Different excitation levels, frequencies, normal contact forces and material pairs are evaluated. The system’s response in time and frequency domain is compared to corresponding simulation results. The contact definition is updated to achieve accuracy in calculated dynamic responses. Results of calculation can be used to estimate the radiated noise, e.g. by determining the Equivalent Radiated Power.