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Old 06-19-2013, 11:47 PM   #1
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Funny Noise on Rough/Uneven Road

Hi all. I am brand new to Jeep ownership and have a couple questions. I bought a used 2012 JKU with 22k miles on it a week and a half ago. I noticed this noise on the drive home but dismissed it as a "Jeep thing" since I have zero experience with Jeeps. But the sound continues and I'm wondering if you guys might know whether it's normal or warrants a trip to the dealership.

It's just a weird noise when I go over small bumps or rough patches...like train tracks or small pot holes. It's hard to explain the noise, but it's basically the same sound you hear when you drive over overpasses and hit the cracks...but louder and it only sounds to me like it's coming from the driver's side. Since I don't ride in the passenger seat I can't be sure if it is making the same sound on that side or not, though I do not think it is. This seems to happen when slight changes in level occur, like speed bumps, train tracks or just rough road.

Since I'm new to Jeeps I have no idea what, if any, modifications were done to it or how it was driven. I did buy it from a dealership, though, and it is under warranty.

Any ideas? Thanks so much in advance!

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Old 06-19-2013, 11:51 PM   #2
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I'm also wondering if there is a good place to take it that can check it out for modifications and/or help me with making some new ones. First is a new front bumper since the existing one has holes in it where the previous owner had something attached to it. I'm in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX.

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Old 06-22-2013, 08:36 PM   #3
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I wonder if I dont have the same noise. I also have a 2012 but it's a 2-door. Sounds like something is tipping over, just one klunk, no rattle. Sounds like it's in the driver's door but if I open and close the door quickly, no noise. I'm still trying to figure out what it is.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:27 PM   #4
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You could try having someone rock the Jeep or bounce on the corners while your under it.

It may sound like a weird suggestion but I've found the cause of odd noises using this method.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:15 AM   #5
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I've got it at the dealer now and they claim to not be able to reproduce the noise. Seriously annoying.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:37 AM   #6
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If you are looking for mods, just call Quadratec, they will send you a free catalog of their stuff. I always recommend looking at Poision Spyder, OR-Fab, AEV, and Gen-Right
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I've been looking at the Quadratec website. Is there a place in the Dallas area that will install things that I order? I sure don't know how to.
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You are probably hearing the door striker rattle. Very common. Can be temporarily remedied by half a dozen methods but it usually returns.

It's a Jeep thing.

Since I started carrying a metal tool box full of metal bits and a squeaky lid behind the seats the little noises of the Jeep have all subsided.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:05 PM   #9
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Well it's good to know that it's common and harmless. I drove it with the guy from the dealership for a few miles today and it of course wouldn't make a peep. But as soon as I drove away...

It does seem to come and go, so probably is what you say it is. Out of curiousity, what are some of the things I could try to remedy it, even if only temporarily?

Thanks for your input!
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Well it's good to know that it's common and harmless. I drove it with the guy from the dealership for a few miles today and it of course wouldn't make a peep. But as soon as I drove away...

It does seem to come and go, so probably is what you say it is. Out of curiousity, what are some of the things I could try to remedy it, even if only temporarily?

Thanks for your input!
There are two basic fixes for the door striker "thunk" :

1. Wrap some electrical/duct tape around the latch point (in the door jamb).

2. Adjust the latch to pull the door tighter against the door seals.

3. Foam, grease, playing cards, small rodents... lot's of things can be stuffed in there to stop it from thunking.

The tape is very easy and quick, but will wear and could look weird (if that matters to you).

The latch adjustment, while not hard, can involve some trial and error to get it "just right." (If you pull the door in too tight, it's harder to close and the faces of the body panels won't align right).
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:29 PM   #11
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Thanks!!! I found this extensive thread after I read your first post.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/doo...m-17593-4.html

Looks like I have a meeting with duct tape tomorrow! I appreciate your help. I'm mostly just glad to know it isn't a major issue and that I'm far from the only one suffering from door rattle syndrome.
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Duct tape applied, noise gone. THANK YOU!!
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Duct tape applied, noise gone. THANK YOU!!
That's why we're all here. We just keep learning and passing it along.
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:01 PM   #14
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If I didn't know it'd take them two days to get it done, I'd take it back to the dealership and make them apply the grease and adjust the striker plates for me. I'm half tempted to print out some of these threads, along with the TSB info and take it up there and ask them why they didn't know about this issue?
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You are probably hearing the door striker rattle. Very common. Can be temporarily remedied by half a dozen methods but it usually returns.

It's a Jeep thing.

Since I started carrying a metal tool box full of metal bits and a squeaky lid behind the seats the little noises of the Jeep have all subsided.
Thanks, I think you've identified my noise as well. I haven't heard it for about a week so will leave things alone for now. Will know what to look for when it's back.

Thanks again!

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