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Cpl_Punishment 05-12-2013 02:33 AM

Noise in tailgate area
 
I have a noise driving me nuts in my 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.

At slow to medium speeds 5 to 40 mph I hear a very tinny rattle from the rear area.

It sounds like the rear door lock linkage is rattling against the inside of the tailgate sheet metal.

I have checked everything I can think of. Spare tire mount.
Shit in the storage area.
Etc

I can get into more detail if needed.
Just trying to see if this jars anyone's memory as far as sound description.

At this point I'm going to take everything off the tailgate, tire, tire mount, etc. and see if I can pinpoint.

Thoughts?

n00g7 05-12-2013 03:27 AM

Maybe Obama lost his change back there...

Open the tailgate and bang on the latch mechanism cover with your fist to see if you can detect if anything is loose in there. Then try banging on it again when closed. Only other suggestion is throw someone in the back to try and find it while it's happening.

airboss 05-12-2013 03:38 AM

By "shit in the storage area" I assume you mean the jack & tire iron?

joe buell 05-12-2013 06:39 AM

Could it be the red bull can someone put in tailgate at the factory on a Monday ?? I know my key lock on mine is so loose right know you would think it would fall out but no noise that I can hear.

bushey 05-12-2013 07:00 AM

I had the exact noise in my '13 jk. I finally took it back to the dealer and they had to replace the spare tire mounting bracket. Solved the problem.

HTH

Riccochet 05-12-2013 07:58 AM

The vent on my tailgate is retardedly loose. It rattles from time to time. Check that.

Cpl_Punishment 05-12-2013 11:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bushey (Post 3746642)
I had the exact noise in my '13 jk. I finally took it back to the dealer and they had to replace the spare tire mounting bracket. Solved the problem.

HTH

I'm going to pull the tire and hardware today and see if I still hear it. I have a larger rim and tire on the tailgate and I have to use a spacer to fit it. But I checked all the lugs. Nothing loose. I've even pounded on the tire itself to try and duplicate with no luck. And if this makes any sense: when driving over bumps the noise does not correspond to the movement of the spare tire in the mirror.

Quote:

Originally Posted by joe buell (Post 3746632)
Could it be the red bull can someone put in tailgate at the factory on a Monday ?? I know my key lock on mine is so loose right know you would think it would fall out but no noise that I can hear.

I've taken the vent off and looked around. Nothing apparent or foreign back there.

Quote:

Originally Posted by airboss (Post 3746532)
By "shit in the storage area" I assume you mean the jack & tire iron?

Yes. Exactly

Quote:

Originally Posted by n00g7 (Post 3746527)
Maybe Obama lost his change back there...

Open the tailgate and bang on the latch mechanism cover with your fist to see if you can detect if anything is loose in there. Then try banging on it again when closed. Only other suggestion is throw someone in the back to try and find it while it's happening.

Been banging on the thing with my fist for days.
I'm feeling a bit OCD because of it.

And I have the tailgate vent removed already so it's not that.

n00g7 05-12-2013 11:58 AM

Nobody has suggested it yet, but there is always of option of buying a louder stereo system and just turning it up to 11.

Turn it up to 11 - YouTube

newal 05-12-2013 12:03 PM

On the tailgate a couple of inches below the latch is a black plastic piece called a bumper. When the tailgate is closed, the bumper slides on a black plastic part on the door frame called the stabilizer. If these are just barely touching, there will be a loud rattle, like you have described. Try putting some grease on the stabilizer and drive it to see if the rattle goes away. If it does, loosen the screws that hold the stabilizer in place and move it towards the tailgate just a little at a time until you get good contact. I used white grease on the stabilizer which made it easy to see where the bumper was contacting it.

Cpl_Punishment 05-14-2013 07:21 PM

Updating.

It would appear this MAY be the hard top bolts rattling against the jack.
Jack is out, bolts are out, I will drive it a day and see.

Drinzunza 01-24-2014 11:29 PM

Same problem ;I have a noise driving me nuts in my 2013 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon after 9 months . just the same of

At slow to medium speeds 5 to 40 mph I hear a very tinny rattle from the rear area.

It sounds like the rear door lock linkage is rattling against the inside of the tailgate sheet metal.

ANYONE ALREADY KNOWS WHATS THE CAUSE ????????

Drinzunza 01-24-2014 11:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cpl_Punishment (Post 3746490)
I have a noise driving me nuts in my 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.

At slow to medium speeds 5 to 40 mph I hear a very tinny rattle from the rear area.

It sounds like the rear door lock linkage is rattling against the inside of the tailgate sheet metal.

I have checked everything I can think of. Spare tire mount.
Shit in the storage area.
Etc

I can get into more detail if needed.
Just trying to see if this jars anyone's memory as far as sound description.

At this point I'm going to take everything off the tailgate, tire, tire mount, etc. and see if I can pinpoint.

Thoughts?

Same problem in my Rubicon unlimited 2013 almost 2 weeks with the problem, did you already fixed it .
I do not want to drive it anymore

mattjopete 01-24-2014 11:45 PM

When I got mine I found one of the plastic rivets they use to hold on the fender flare inside the flare itself. I could hear it rattling around while I was driving around. One day I reached my finger into the gap (the gap is 1/2" at the smallest) and pulled it out... no more rattle now

lando76 01-25-2014 12:50 AM

Exact same problem, the fix was buying some rubberized plastidip and putting it on both the hook latch and the two metal guide pieces on the door. You can remove them or do it ghetto with a brush. Every time I went over any bump there was this knocking sound. Haven't heard it since ( 6 months).

lando76 01-25-2014 12:52 AM

Rear tailgate door....sorry

mommymallcrawler 01-25-2014 07:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Drinzunza (Post 7704473)
Same problem in my Rubicon unlimited 2013 almost 2 weeks with the problem, did you already fixed it .
I do not want to drive it anymore

Some other suspects for rear noises are also the fenders and a loose bolt on the gas skid. And probably 100 other things I am sure.

Take it into a shop and get it looked at - it is probably a very easy very cheap (or free) fix!

I had a noise in my front sort of drivers footwell/forward of console area. I envisioned the worst - that I broke something important. Ended up being nothing more than needing a bolt tightened on the sway bar or something. Total time for my shop to test drive, diagnose and fix-less than 5 minutes ROTFL. I felt like sort of an idiot that it was such a simple thing. A few posters in a thread I put up before going to the shop suggested something similar - so kudos to them being able to figure it out even without a test drive or hearing the noise.

apresas 01-25-2014 09:31 AM

I had a noise that was driving me nuts too. Same area. Tailgate. After doing some snooping around I traced it back to the rear tire. The golf balls I had put there to extend the original bump stops for the new offset on the spare tire hadn't been doing a good job. So I got some river hoses at lowes and made new bump stops. Noise was gone.

Cpl_Punishment 01-27-2014 10:22 AM

For those still chasing this noise:
I tried everything.

Finally found it.
I took off the spare tire, and its gone.
after VERY close inspection I found that some of the spot welds (about 5 or 6) had popped, meaning they let loose from INSIDE the door.
in addition, the lower grating (for airflow) had a couple of fins that were cracked.
I have a 33" tire and wheel setup.
18" Dropstar rims and Trail Grappler tires.
The weight of the tire and rim had started to take its toll on the rear door.
I am now running around without the spare on there (i feel ghetto) but I lack the funds for a proper rear bumper and tire carrier right now.
Warranty WILL NOT cover this.
I tried :(

daggo66 01-27-2014 10:31 AM

That's why you need extended bump stops so the tire doesnt just hang there.

Hoshal13 01-27-2014 11:28 AM

Mine turned out to be the jack being loose. After I tightened it, no more rattling noise.

gorillahydrographics 01-27-2014 11:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cpl_Punishment (Post 7764681)
For those still chasing this noise:
I tried everything.

Finally found it.
I took off the spare tire, and its gone.
after VERY close inspection I found that some of the spot welds (about 5 or 6) had popped, meaning they let loose from INSIDE the door.
in addition, the lower grating (for airflow) had a couple of fins that were cracked.
I have a 33" tire and wheel setup.
18" Dropstar rims and Trail Grappler tires.
The weight of the tire and rim had started to take its toll on the rear door.
I am now running around without the spare on there (i feel ghetto) but I lack the funds for a proper rear bumper and tire carrier right now.
Warranty WILL NOT cover this.
I tried :(

I thought some rigs come with 33's off the lot?

daggo66 01-27-2014 11:48 AM

Not from the factory. Some dealers add them and don't know enough to change out the bump stops

Antonio_jku 01-27-2014 12:01 PM

I probably know what it is. When I removed my rear tailgate light the switch just flop around in there because the outside portion of the switch is metal and it bangs against the tailgate. I'll post some pictures later.

Antonio_jku 01-27-2014 12:02 PM

Here you can see the plug

R8DRIZD 01-27-2014 10:08 PM

You beat me to this reply. I have the same issue. The spot weld is broken. I can push on the weld and it goes away. i am going to try and put a sheet metal screw in a couple of spots to see if it will grab the sheet metal. I'm running a 35" MTR


Quote:

Originally Posted by Cpl_Punishment (Post 7764681)
For those still chasing this noise:
I tried everything.

Finally found it.
I took off the spare tire, and its gone.
after VERY close inspection I found that some of the spot welds (about 5 or 6) had popped, meaning they let loose from INSIDE the door.
in addition, the lower grating (for airflow) had a couple of fins that were cracked.
I have a 33" tire and wheel setup.
18" Dropstar rims and Trail Grappler tires.
The weight of the tire and rim had started to take its toll on the rear door.
I am now running around without the spare on there (i feel ghetto) but I lack the funds for a proper rear bumper and tire carrier right now.
Warranty WILL NOT cover this.
I tried :(


skihoser 01-30-2014 12:55 PM

Mine was the rear seat in a 12' 2-door. When the seat was folded the rattle went away. When the seat is upright and locked, it rattles. The left seat lock (drivers side) did not fit tight on the metal loop on the floor. Cut a 1 inch piece of plastic tubing, slit it open, and pushed over the loop on floor and locked seat to floor. A tight fit now, have to push seat down firmly, but rattle went away.

la vic 01-30-2014 06:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cpl_Punishment (Post 3746490)
I have a noise driving me nuts in my 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.

At slow to medium speeds 5 to 40 mph I hear a very tinny rattle from the rear area.

It sounds like the rear door lock linkage is rattling against the inside of the tailgate sheet metal.

I have checked everything I can think of. Spare tire mount.
Shit in the storage area.
Etc

I can get into more detail if needed.
Just trying to see if this jars anyone's memory as far as sound description.

At this point I'm going to take everything off the tailgate, tire, tire mount, etc. and see if I can pinpoint.

Thoughts?

This may sound a little strange but....I had 2012 JK and had what sounded like something slapping against the tailgate or hardtop when I hit small bumps. I would have bet money it was a wiring loom or something like that. I checked everything and nothing was loose. Finally I asked a friend to get in the back seat while I drove. He heard it too. I asked him to reach over the seat and place his had on the back glass. Noise stopped. Wiped the rear window seal with silicon and it fixed the problem. The noise didn't seem to match the solution but it did. Go figure. It's worth a try.

Drinzunza 02-04-2014 10:43 PM

2 Attachment(s)
I found the problem
loose bolt On the tailgate .

apresas 03-17-2014 08:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cpl_Punishment (Post 7764681)
For those still chasing this noise: I tried everything. Finally found it. I took off the spare tire, and its gone. after VERY close inspection I found that some of the spot welds (about 5 or 6) had popped, meaning they let loose from INSIDE the door. in addition, the lower grating (for airflow) had a couple of fins that were cracked. I have a 33" tire and wheel setup. 18" Dropstar rims and Trail Grappler tires. The weight of the tire and rim had started to take its toll on the rear door. I am now running around without the spare on there (i feel ghetto) but I lack the funds for a proper rear bumper and tire carrier right now. Warranty WILL NOT cover this. I tried :(

Do you have any photos? I'm trying to see if this is my problem. Tire doesn't move so I don't think so....


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