Hello all, my 2013 beetle has been driving me crazy and I need to vent. I love this car first and foremost, but the hatch rattle has been a personal struggle. I removed the strut. Noise gone. I would like to use the hatch without holding it, so I have been on a mission. I bought a new strut (matched similiarly to one I found at O'reilys but had to switch the ball sockets..they screw off)--but it makes the same noise as the old one. The hatch strut on the passenger side is the culprit. When removed...no noise...when instlalled, it makes noise. I wrapped the orig strut in 5/8 rubber hose, re-lubed balls, teflon taped the balls, electrical heat shrinked the balls and no luck.
I adjusted hatch stops and they do not budge. I can adjust it to the point where its difficult to close the hatch. Also, the latch striker appears to be in good condition with minimal wear marks (evidence that it shakes or rattles there).
I dry lubed the hatch rubber seal, no difference...
The only Thing I can think of, and this is a stretch for even me....The hatch hinges are being torqued when both struts are installed vs one strut installed via overcoming weight of the hatch itself and lifting up at the hinges over bumps.
I have had to casualties, one 2mm scratch from a slipping screwdriver and one from the strut intself....I even wrapped the valley the struts recess into...Obvioiusly these are not visible but I know they are there........
My dealer said they have no fix for the rattle. They could look at it, but beyond what I have already done at my shop, they wouldnt do much anything different.