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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-18-2010 Thread Starter
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Convertible top down causing a rattle

I've got a rattle driving me nuts (as most rattles do) but it only seems to happen with the to down on my '07 GT Convert Premium. Over the winter the dealer tightened some loose wires rattling in the door panels and with the top up, the car is quiet. When I put the top down in the spring I've noticed a slight rattle from the passenger side of the car. I don't need to hit major bumps in the road, it's almost more like a vibration rattle more than anything else. Small cracks in the road will cause it. It sounds like something is dangling but I can't pinpoint it. I've put the windows up with the top down and still get the noise. But if I put the top up and leave the windows down there is no noise. I'm trying to at least isolate the noise before my car is out of warranty in June or I'll get the dreaded "no problem found" from the dealer. It seems directly related to the top being down but I can't pinpoint what could be causing it. Anybody run into this same problem?

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it could possibly be the top itself has a loose nut or the top frame is rubbing against itself somewhere have you checked for play in the top with it down? My 1988 convertible doesn't rattle unless I hit some really uneven surfaces. Do you have the hard window in the back (this might also be some of the cause of the rattle if it is hitting something. Good luck.

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Doesn't sounds like it's coming from the rear although I know rattles have a way of misleading you as well. It sounds like the pillar along the window or something near the front of the passenger door but it's worth checking the top being loose when it's down also. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Mine makes a rattle sort of noise when i hit big bumps oi think its just because the top shifts its not a solid connection its just those two clamps that hold it in place....i jjust deal with it and avoid bumpy roads..

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Thanks, mine is when the top is down though. When it's up and clamped in it's actually a very tight car unless I really hit something hard and then I'll get the usual rattles with so much plastic inside that interior. That's the frustrating part, you'd think with the top down you'd eliminate a source for possible rattles.
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