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Noticed an annoying rattle coming from the boot area a few days ago. Only happens on rough roads or potholes. Been trying ever since to find out what is actually rattling, but no luck yet.
I think it might have something to do with me having removed the large moulding that contains the puncture goo kit and fitting a proper spare in its place. I thinkk it might have played a role in supporting the boot floor.

I feel almost sure it is the boot floor bouncing a little and causing the rattle. Everything I've tried so far has failed to stop it.

I thought it might be the load area cover, where it hooks into the recesses when you pull it to close. So I wrapped the ends in elastoplasts to make it a softer contact. Didn't work.

I then tried to support the boot floor from underneath, but that didn't work either.

Next I tried to wedge the boot floor closed in the hope this would stop it bouncing, but that didn't do the trick either.

Just wondering if anyone else who has fitted a spare in the boot has noticed any rattle coming from the boot floor when going over a rough surface?
 

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You haven't left those "wheel nuts" lying about in there, have you ?


Seriously though, I once had a rattle coming from the boot area of my car and after weeks and weeks of trying to find it, found it quite by accident when I had a puncture.


It was the removable handle that was knocking against the body of the jack
 

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After a couple of weeks of trying to find where my annoying rattle was coming from, I finally decided to book it into the garage and have a mechanic try to work out where the rattle was coming from.
The mechanic sat in the back seat so he could listen for the rattle and try to pinpoint where it was coming from. I then drove along a local road I new to have lots of potholes and would demonstrate to the mechanic what the problems was.

Well blow me, as we drove along this road, hitting every pothole the council could throw at us, there wasn't a sound coming from the boot. Not a rattle anywhere.

So what had happened to the rattle?

Well the only thing that was different was the mechanic in the back seat. So we looked at the seat mounting, but that wasn't the problem. Then the mechanic had a flash of genius. He suggested it might be the seat belt buckle rattling between the seat and the plastic door pillar panel.

We confirmed this by driving with it hanging at the door pillar and then with it pulled away from the pillar. When it was clear of the pillar there was no rattle.

Now I'm really pleased to have found the source of the rattle, but it was a bit embarrassing to have missed something so basic as the seat belt buckle bouncing off the door pillar.

So listen guys, if you have a rattle you can't locate, don't forget to check the obvious things before you start ripping stuff out of the car.




Edited by: Inchindown
 

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Ste8270 said:
Mine did this too!! It started after the kids had been in the back so I tracked it down reasonably quickly ;-)
Smarty Pants.
 

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Yip same here near side rattled against the plastic trim the other one didn't.

I fixed it by adjusting an elastic cord Under the rear which is designed to keep the belt away from the trim. I just pulled it tighter and reattached it.
 

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Yip same here near side rattled against the plastic trim the other one didn't.

I fixed it by adjusting an elastic cord Under the rear which is designed to keep the belt away from the trim. I just pulled it tighter and reattached it.
I just clicked the belt into the normal socket and that did the trick.
 

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Thanks for the tip Inchindown.


No rattle at the moment but will keep it in mind.
 

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Inchindown said:
Grumps said:
Yip same here near side rattled against the plastic trim the other one didn't.

I fixed it by adjusting an elastic cord Under the rear which is designed to keep the belt away from the trim. I just pulled it tighter and reattached it.
 
I just clicked the belt into the normal socket and that did the trick.
That's what I did as well but got fed up with passengers using it and then I had to keep clicking it in again and again to stop the rattle so I went on a mission to fix it.
 

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Ah......now I see where Dilligaf gets his short answers from or is it the other way round
 

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We had an annoying rattle coming from the rear of ours and after 2 visits to the dealer and me lying in the boot as the car was driven in turned out to be the tailgate stops. These were adjusted and no more rattles.
 
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