Premium Soft top rattle above passenger - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 02-15-2013, 11:11 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
Fastalkintn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 66
Premium soft top rattle!

I have a 2013 with 1200 miles on it and have developed a rattle in the front passenger side bow of my premium soft top. It is really bad on the interstate. Went to the dealer today and the service tech told me if rattles bothered me I shouldn't have bought a soft top. Anyone have any ideas of how to adjust or tighten this?

Fastalkintn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-16-2013, 02:06 AM   #2
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 95
Wow, I have a 2013 JKR on order with the premium soft top & I hope that's not the kind of customer service I can expect from my Jeep dealership. I'm sure someone with knowledge on this will chime in but I wouldn't have left the dealership until they fixed it.
If it didn't rattle when you 1st bought I would think it shouldn't rattle now. I know the JK with the premium top that I test drove didn't rattle at all & was surprisingly quiet at 70+ mph.

ko26 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-16-2013, 08:18 AM   #3
Jeeper
 
ratchettt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Foothills of Appalachia
Posts: 492
Crap customer service. Call Chrysler and give them your experience. And/or go to another dealer that competes with your dealer and tell them your story as a way to trash your dealer. Bet they will bend over to take care of the defect.
__________________
2013 White JKR 4.1 Automatic

There are no winners here, just beguiled participants
ratchettt is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-16-2013, 11:30 AM   #4
Jeeper
 
Fastalkintn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 66
After a very pointed conversation with the service manager they are bending over backwards to be nice. They claimed to have adjusted it and it may be a little better but still rattles like crazy at speeds above 65 or so.
Fastalkintn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-17-2013, 07:50 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
ibwile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: NY
Posts: 136
It shouldn't have any rattles-presuming you mean rattling of metal bits as opposed to flapping noise of the top. Even with the new top, at highway speeds you can get some fluttering of the top. Absolutely waaaay less than I ever had on the old TJ but it occasionally creeps in.

If this is what you are experiencing, you should try pressurizing the cabin by turning on the heat blower, making sure that the recirculation is off. Should fill right up!

If you are talking metal rattles, maybe the sun rider clips are not seated or something. Are you able to pinpoint where it is coming from-front/back/etc.?
__________________
2013 JK Sport, Crush, 2 door, auto, soft-top
Mods: Stock for now except ACE sliders. (Building the wishlist)

2000 TJ Sahara [Destroyed in 2012:Hurricane Sandy RIP]
1993 YJ SE [Sold]
ibwile is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-18-2013, 08:18 AM   #6
Jeeper
 
Fastalkintn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 66
Quote:
Originally Posted by ibwile View Post
It shouldn't have any rattles-presuming you mean rattling of metal bits as opposed to flapping noise of the top. Even with the new top, at highway speeds you can get some fluttering of the top. Absolutely waaaay less than I ever had on the old TJ but it occasionally creeps in.

If this is what you are experiencing, you should try pressurizing the cabin by turning on the heat blower, making sure that the recirculation is off. Should fill right up!

If you are talking metal rattles, maybe the sun rider clips are not seated or something. Are you able to pinpoint where it is coming from-front/back/etc.?
It's definitely metal to metal. I drove a 1999 tj with factory soft top for several years, I know flapping noise lol. It's coming from the passenger side front bow area. I can take my hand and move it to reproduce the sound. It just feels kind of loose to me at that joint, as compared to the driver side.
Fastalkintn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-18-2013, 02:40 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
ibwile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: NY
Posts: 136
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fastalkintn View Post
It's definitely metal to metal. I drove a 1999 tj with factory soft top for several years, I know flapping noise lol. It's coming from the passenger side front bow area. I can take my hand and move it to reproduce the sound. It just feels kind of loose to me at that joint, as compared to the driver side.
Ok- sorry, thought it might be worth a try (and didn't know where you might be coming from Wranngler-wise!). I would definitely push for a change then- this new top is practically silent compared to the old ones. I just went out and gave mine a shove- very little side to side movement at all. Maybe you have a bad bow?

Time to push the dealership I'd say.
__________________
2013 JK Sport, Crush, 2 door, auto, soft-top
Mods: Stock for now except ACE sliders. (Building the wishlist)

2000 TJ Sahara [Destroyed in 2012:Hurricane Sandy RIP]
1993 YJ SE [Sold]
ibwile is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-18-2013, 02:45 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
Blastek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 2,236
my '12 soft top rattled at one of the points over the driver's side roll bar. it just stopped at some point by itself. There is quite a bit of lateral play in the sunrider section.
__________________
2012 Deep Cherry Red JKU Sport S - Tickastar, 6 speed, 3.73, Dual Tops
Blastek is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-18-2013, 03:59 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
Potts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 336
my 12' rattled at first and there were some knobs I tightened along the top of the passenger door frame. Make sure those are tightened up.
Potts is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-18-2013, 03:59 PM   #10
Jeeper
 
Fastalkintn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 66
Thanks to everyone for the input. All the movement seems to be up and down. Takes very little effort to reproduce the noise. I tried to take a picture of the exact location but its to dark to see.
Fastalkintn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-18-2013, 04:26 PM   #11
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: DFW-Texas Ya'll
Posts: 44
Just back from a 150 mile trip in my Jkur with the premium top, it was VERY windy today, no noises or flapping, unless you count when the 18 wheelers passed me going the other direction on the 2 lane...wow! Hope they get you fixed soon...
__________________
2013 Rubicon Unlimited white/dual top
Highlift is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-27-2013, 09:17 AM   #12
Jeeper
 
Chuckamiller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 30
Just got a 2013 this past weekend. Left the dealership, no noise at all on the freeway. Was very impressed with the soft top. 2 days later however and I have a similar noise on the passenger side. It looks like it is where the sunrider would fold. That joint is bouncing against the track. Best way I can describe it. Going to take the top down tonight and see if I can pin point it.
Chuckamiller is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-27-2013, 09:29 AM   #13
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 21
My premium soft top developed that same noise just the other day with around 1,000 miles on it. It squeaks right where the sunrider hinge is. I'll have to play around with it this weekend and find a good fix.
msm7182 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-27-2013, 09:44 AM   #14
Jeeper
 
Fastalkintn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 66
Sorry I didn't update my solution. It turned out to be a loose rivet at the front passenger bow. Jeep has a factory repair kit, sorry I don't have the part number. The dealer basically drilled out all the rivets on the frame and replaced them with nuts and bolts. Problem solved... For what it's worth the dealership I purchased the jeep from was clueless. Went to another dealership and they diagnosed it without even a test drive, said it was very common problem.
Fastalkintn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-27-2013, 06:21 PM   #15
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
jwilson2598's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,092
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fastalkintn View Post
Sorry I didn't update my solution. It turned out to be a loose rivet at the front passenger bow. Jeep has a factory repair kit, sorry I don't have the part number. The dealer basically drilled out all the rivets on the frame and replaced them with nuts and bolts. Problem solved... For what it's worth the dealership I purchased the jeep from was clueless. Went to another dealership and they diagnosed it without even a test drive, said it was very common problem.
Any chance you could post up a copy of the receipt from the dealership so I can show it to mine? It should have a part number on it as well. Thanks.
__________________
Jeff

2013 JKU Sahara, Gecko Green, loaded up
10A Springs, Teraflex levling kit, 315/70/17 Duratracs, AEV Pintler wheels, front/rear bumpers and hood
jwilson2598 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-27-2013, 06:26 PM   #16
Jeeper
 
Fastalkintn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 66
Quote:
Originally Posted by jwilson2598 View Post
Any chance you could post up a copy of the receipt from the dealership so I can show it to mine? It should have a part number on it as well. Thanks.
Wish I could help you out, I throw everything away.
Fastalkintn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-11-2013, 10:05 AM   #17
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 89
Premium Soft top rattle above passenger

I recently developed an annoying rattle on my passenger side of my soft top. Only at hyw speeds and can be stopped by pushing up on crossbar. I assume its the nader type pin that goes into the hook that needs to be release to put top all the way down.
Is there an adjustment I need to make? I was thinking a couple wraps of tape might quite it, but woul rather do it right if I can.
Any help would e appreciated as its kinda hard to experiment with it since I need the top on and get on hwy. I like neither
Barnburner is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-11-2013, 10:39 AM   #18
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 285
ugh, you are speaking my language, i feel like i've had a lot of soft top issues so im sensitive to the rattle.

Do you have the back window zipped in? when i drive with that down on the highway, as you can imagine, it allows air to pool in the back and whip around the cockpit. With that open, the whipping around of the softtop almost completely ceases. maybe try that?
__________________
2013 JKU Sahara
nitroz680 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-11-2013, 11:11 AM   #19
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 89
It only happens, or I should say I can only hear it, when everything is buttoned up...
I just went and really looked over it after doing some searches and everything looks the same with the sun rider clips on both sides. I don't see any real adjustments, however I did tighten the door surrponds and they were def looser on my rattlin side. Hope that fixes it...
The top has always to be pulled ever so slightly to the passenger side to make sure it closes correctly, so maybe that has something to do with it?
Barnburner is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-11-2013, 11:35 AM   #20
Jeeper
 
Fastalkintn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 66
I had the same issue on a 2013 jku premium soft top. Dealer drilled out all the rivets and replaced them with bolts and nuts. Fixed the problem for me. Mine was done under warranty.
Fastalkintn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-11-2013, 12:51 PM   #21
Jeeper
 
dpostman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Moncton NB, CAN
Posts: 364
OP: I have the same rattle on my premium top, on same passenger side, at or close to highway speeds and only when everything is closed up. I can see where it is happening but not why.

I had a quick look, and found nothing different than from drivers side.


Gonna follow

dp
dpostman is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-11-2013, 06:38 PM   #22
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 37
Same here 2013 jku Sahara and rattle above passenger on premium soft top.
American dream is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-11-2013, 07:52 PM   #23
Jeeper
 
Scott2373's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Williamson, NY
Posts: 1,133
Is it possibly the plastic braces that slide over the Sunrider joint? If I don't secure those, I noticed that they rattle.
__________________
2013 Sport in Commando Green
3.73 Gears, A/C, 6-Speed
/_|o[___]o
[I---L-OllllllO
-
()_)()_)=°°=)_)
MOLON LABE
Scott2373 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-11-2013, 07:54 PM   #24
Commercial Member

WF Supporting Member
 
kappaknight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 1,283
I have/had that as well. I thought it was the hook that secures the soft top for the Sunrider position. It may rattle side-to-side. I could be wrong though.
__________________
2013 Commando Green JKUR
/_|o[____]o
[1---L-OllllllO
-
()_)()_)=°°=)_)
kappaknight is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-11-2013, 08:28 PM   #25
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scott2373 View Post
Is it possibly the plastic braces that slide over the Sunrider joint? If I don't secure those, I noticed that they rattle.
What do you mean secure those? If I am thinking of the same part you are, its a female slot that slides over a "male" part. I tried to describe that the least dirty way I could too.
Barnburner is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-11-2013, 09:07 PM   #26
Jeeper
 
Iron Clad Lou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: SW PA
Posts: 118
Make sure its not the clamps that hold down the roof at the visor...mine rattle like crazy.
__________________
2013 Wrangler JKU Sahara
/l ,[____],
[--ICL--OllllllO-
()_) ()_)--o-)_)
Iron Clad Lou is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-11-2013, 09:08 PM   #27
_3m
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
_3m's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: pittsburgh, Pa
Posts: 2,765
It might be the door surround I had to put some weather striping in the cup that goes around the roll bar to keep mine from rattling
__________________
Life isn't about how you survive the storm, but how you dance in the rain
_3m is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-17-2013, 06:24 AM   #28
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 89
Bump. Any one else have suggestions. I've put tape on a couple spots on the sunrider hinge without any luck, yet pushing up on crossbar stops it.
It's driving me batty at this point...
Barnburner is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-17-2013, 06:42 AM   #29
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
spieg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Portage, MI
Posts: 306
I don't have a fix but subscribing in case there is one. My 2013 has the same rattle as does a friend of mine with a 2013.
__________________
2013 JK - Metalcloak 3.5" coils and control arms, Bilstein 5160s, Prorock44, Synergy high steer, drag link, track bar and tie rod, PSC hydro assist, RCV front shafts, Reid knuckles, TEN factory rear shafts, 4.88s, 37" MTR, Tom Woods front and rear, antirock front and rear, etc.

spieg's build thread
spieg is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-17-2013, 08:28 AM   #30
Jeeper
 
Fastalkintn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 66
Quote:
Originally Posted by Barnburner View Post
Bump. Any one else have suggestions. I've put tape on a couple spots on the sunrider hinge without any luck, yet pushing up on crossbar stops it.
It's driving me batty at this point...
If pushing up on the crossbar stops it check your rivets. Open the top, hold crossbow near the joint and see if you have movement. According to my service guy these joints should be very tight with no movement what so ever. Mine drove me crazy until the dealer drilled out all the rivets and replaced them with bolts. Now it doesn't make a sound.

Fastalkintn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:49 PM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC