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    Thread: Rear Hatch Rattle!?

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      03-21-2012 12:37 PM #1
      Noticed it today for the first time... distinct sound coming from the rear hatch.

      It sounds like it's actually the glass A constant rattle that increases with and decreases with the road vibrations. I touched the plastic panel on the hatch while driving(yes I can lol) and it affected the noise, so it's def there.

      Anyone have something similar? Solutions? I'd like to take that hatch panel off and see if the insulation is bad or something. Maybe wedge some foam in there to stop the noise?

      Im up for ideas. Thanks
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      03-21-2012 01:00 PM #2
      little pieces of trash bags

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      03-21-2012 02:00 PM #3
      thanks Played

      So just stuff them in? Or would pulling out the panel be better?

      Anyone know how to get that panel off? Im at work and cant check the bentley(if it's in there?).
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      03-21-2012 04:20 PM #4
      The parcel cover has one clip on each side. Unhook it and pull it towards the front of the car. I used vinyl electrical tape on the two tabs and cut up small pieces of trash bag to stick between the side clips

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      03-21-2012 06:04 PM #5
      If you dont ever want to get rid of it, you could probably use some gorilla glue. If you dont want the parcel cover at all, I'll take it
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      03-22-2012 09:45 AM #6
      When you say Parcel, are your referring to the trunk shelf? bc that's not what Im talking about

      The rattle is coming from the actual hatch. I looked into after parking last night and it's def the hatch lid. The plastic molding that goes over the glass on the inside is loose on the passenger side. As the car moves, it vibrates and knocks on the actual glass. Which is also why it's so freaking loud

      I think I may just stuff some cotton or garbage bag snips as suggested.hoping that would take care of it without the need to remove the whole panel. Ill snap some pics when I do it
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      03-22-2012 11:25 AM #7
      Thanks for the tip Played. I get this same noise and it drives me ****ing insane. Only remedy is windows down + volume up. Then you can't even hear yourself think

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      03-22-2012 12:15 PM #8
      Yeah I thought you were talking about something different then

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      03-22-2012 04:57 PM #9
      I have the same problem, well kinda, same area, horrendous noise.
      I have touched the plastic trim around the hatch's inside, and it may be something INSIDE the trim...

      Let me know how it goes with the "stuffing"

    10. 03-22-2012 06:10 PM #10
      I also have the same damn problem and the noise kills me!!!! I'm going to take your advice and see if the trash bag thing works. **crossing fingers**

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      03-22-2012 08:50 PM #11
      I think I may have *just started* getting that same noise in the past few weeks. Question for the others who have the noise - do you use the handle inside the hatch, on the passenger side, to close the hatch? I always do, but now I'm wondering if that eventually loosens things up. It feels like it's just attached by a plastic rivet to the panel - think maybe the stress gets transmitted straight to the part that's squeaking.

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      03-23-2012 11:42 AM #12
      It's the plastic interior trim which is around the glass. I think it just ages with UV exposure and years and becomes brittle. I've been thinking about replacing mine or wrapping it in leather or material.

      Has anyone successfully removed this without breaking it?
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      09-25-2012 11:43 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Downtown-Turbo View Post
      I'm ripping the rear glass plastic trim off now before I go insane. I will update the thread with pics. I don't care if something breaks: Good excuse to buy a new trim panel and start getting rid of that grey plastic
      Be careful - the plastic can be old and brittle.

      Some good ideas are:

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      09-25-2012 01:17 PM #14
      TG i thought i was alone on this one y have the same problem o that trim, most ot the time its because of bass vibrations even in a low volume waiting for some pics of some one fixing it
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      10-02-2012 09:37 PM #16
      I used to have that. First ripped out that stupid luggage cover, second screwed the rubber stoppers on the trunk lid out about 1/2 inch, never rattled since

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      10-03-2012 01:41 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by toy4two2 View Post
      I used to have that. First ripped out that stupid luggage cover, second screwed the rubber stoppers on the trunk lid out about 1/2 inch, never rattled since
      Yah I need to lower mine, so the trunk sits tighter. What year is your car and how did you archieve that? It seems like a bit of a bitch to adjust.
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      10-03-2012 11:51 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by idwurks View Post
      Yah I need to lower mine, so the trunk sits tighter. What year is your car and how did you archieve that? It seems like a bit of a bitch to adjust.
      nonsense. In my 2002 just grab the end of the rubber stoppers and spin like a bolt You'll see how easy they are to adjust.

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      10-05-2012 06:46 PM #19
      Funny how this was the first 'DEFECT' to come up when I was doing searches 7 years ago before I bought my car and....sure enough... there it was.....maddening isn't it!

      UV and all that falderall really doesn't come into play here in that my car sits in a climate controled garage and has had about 20 hours of sun on the car....and super low miles.

      So what I did; Take a putty knife and GENTLY pry the panel away from the hatch about 1/8th inch.
      Then I slid 1/8" x 2"long by .75 wide, black neoprene foam (dense) under until JUST the edge of the foam was peaking out under the plastic trim panel. I repeated this procedure in 5 places two on each side and one near the back latch.

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    20. 10-06-2012 03:17 PM #20
      In my experience the squeaking comes from the metal clips that hold that plastic window surrounding to the actual hatch. The little push clips are pushed into the metal slots where they make metal on metal contact (the squeaking sound). You can tell when you pull it down, because you can see the wear marks on clips where it's been rubbing/squeaking. My remedy was to wrap the little clips with some fabric before putting it back together. Work out fine

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      10-18-2012 08:48 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by toy4two2 View Post
      nonsense. In my 2002 just grab the end of the rubber stoppers and spin like a bolt You'll see how easy they are to adjust.
      Anyone with a 2005 - do they still adjust in this way? Mine sure don't want to turn. At all. I would like to adjust mine, but don't want to break anything...

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