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gtrninja 01-18-2012 08:33 AM

Popping sound coming from JK B-pillar. Help?
Hey all. About 3 months ago I picked up a 2011 Wrangler unlimited JK after many years being "away" from the Jeep family.

Since getting my Jeep (and BEFORE lifting it 4") I continue to hear a popping or rattling sound coming from my B pillar - inside where the seatbelt mechanism lives. Has anyone else experienced this sound or know what I'm referring to? I've pretty much dis-assembled the whole seatbelt/B-pillar coverings and still can't find the source. Arrggggh.


kabory 01-18-2012 08:39 AM

I recently purchased a 2009 Unlimited Sahara and had the same problem. I read somewhere that the sound comes from the door latch. I put some electrical tape around latch catch and problem solved.

lowdutch 01-18-2012 09:29 AM

Our 2012 Unlimited Sahara makes popping noises when we first drive it, coming from various places, at first I thought something was loose, now I'm thinking the rubber between hardtop and various body parts is just shifting due to temp differences, sort of like a "plate shift" earthquake. I don't hear a rattle, as much as just a few pops, a few minutes apart.

gary14wv 01-18-2012 10:58 AM

Popping Sound
I have a 2011 Sahara and have the same sound, will try the tape.
Thanks for the info

kabory 01-18-2012 11:16 AM

just put enough so the door stills closes properly, too much and you will have to slam door shut. I think I put 3 or 4 wraps around.

Cv2065 01-18-2012 07:11 PM

Couple wraps worked for me. :thumb:

gary14wv 01-19-2012 01:48 PM

Popping Sound
I used the tape on the door latch and it has stopped the popping sound, Thanks for the information it works.:dance:

gtrninja 01-20-2012 08:12 AM

Wow - such a technological fix! I wonder if Jeep knows about this problem. I'll give it a shot. thanks all.

thomslife 01-30-2012 05:36 PM

I have had my 2011 Wrangler to the dealer 3 times for this. They are getting frustrated as well as me. This is a awesome tip! Going to try it right now......

Shooter77 05-03-2016 12:45 PM

B Pillar rattle
Was having this issue and did some research. In my case I thought the noise was coming from the pillar it was actually coming from the hard top. Remove the freedom panel and check if the bolt above the pillar is tight.

Hope this helps!

12JKUR 05-03-2016 11:33 PM


Originally Posted by gtrninja (Post 1940767)
Wow - such a technological fix! I wonder if Jeep knows about this problem. I'll give it a shot. thanks all.

Been an issue since 2008, hit a but and there it is. But put some miles on it, the rest of the Jeep will end up doing the same, and pretty sonn, you won't notice it anymore :blackeye

kody472 05-04-2016 07:19 AM

I had a popping noise that sounded like it was coming from the b-pillar also. After tightening everything I could find, it didn't fix it. So one day I decided to tighten all the torx bolts around the cowl. I'll be damned if that didn't fix it. The ones that made the difference are the ones at the lower part of the cowl, not the a-pillar (where everybody gets the door ding). Wouldn't hurt to just give them a once over and see if that fixes it.

Bogleparsons 05-04-2016 07:24 AM

if it sounds stupid but works, it isn't stupid :D

TheBjaken 05-04-2016 07:34 AM

Hard top? Pop off the freedom panels and tighten it down. That solved a popping issue I had recently.

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