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Best Answer enigma-2 , 28 December 2017 - 07:21 PM

Check the spare tire and screw jack. Go to the full post


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#1 OFFLINE   tmarsh

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 06:46 PM

I have a rattle in my back passenger seat, coming from the hinge area by the buckle. It is a constant rattling while driving, over every damn crack in the road.

Has anyone come across this?
I have a video of the noise, not sure how to post it.







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#2 OFFLINE   akirby

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 07:10 PM

It’s the tab. It gets turned sideways and rattles between the seat and the C pillar trim. Turn it 90 degrees.

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 07:16 PM

Not sure what you mean by tab. Im not in front of it at the moment, but if its the seatbelt youre talking about I leave it buckled to prevent it from rattling, because it will.

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 07:21 PM   Best Answer

Check the spare tire and screw jack.

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 07:30 PM

Check the spare tire and screw jack.

Oops. Hitting wrong buttons.

But it is for sure coming from the seat itself, very light, and I mean light punching on the backrest of the seat will cause it to rattle. But punches anywhere else will not cause a rattle in that area. So bumps on the road is enough to move the seat and rattle it.

Edited by tmarsh, 28 December 2017 - 07:31 PM.


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Posted 28 December 2017 - 07:51 PM

I would try folding the seat and then slamming it back in the upright position. Also try resetting the reclining position (just in case the locking mechanism is not locked properly. (I hate squeeks as well).

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 08:21 PM

I do put them up and down quite a bit (especially the passenger side) for cargo. And that side never goes down all the way without me pushing it. It releases and moves slightly, but I have to push it down(I have the button in the back for auto fold). So maybe the spring is off and rattling? Thats kinda what it sounds like now that I think about it.
I cant stand rattles. The second I hear it I tear the panel off and put stuff behind it. But I cant pin this down.

Edited by tmarsh, 28 December 2017 - 08:23 PM.


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Posted 28 December 2017 - 08:39 PM

what i found in my case was that there's an electrical connector on each side under the seat. i think it's for the easy fold (electric release) seat backs. i took out my seat and saw that they were loose so i zip-tied them down and got rid of the rattle. well, at least one of the rattles in the most rattling car i have ever owned.



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Posted 28 December 2017 - 09:14 PM

Ill have to take it out and apart then, is it easy to get out?
But I agree about the noise. For 55k the back end of this car is pretty noisy as far as rattles. I dont have issues with noise in the front at least.

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 11:03 PM

Ill have to take it out and apart then, is it easy to get out?
But I agree about the noise. For 55k the back end of this car is pretty noisy as far as rattles. I dont have issues with noise in the front at least.

 

there are two small levers on the front vertical part of the seat where it joins the floorpan. push those, lift the front of the seat, and push the seat to the rear. at the same time, lift the rear of the seat to disengage it from two hooks. not difficult once you get the feel for it.

putting the seat back is the reverse; put the seat in place, push to the back and push down on the rear to engage the hooks. then just press down on the front to latch the levers.



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Posted 28 December 2017 - 11:05 PM

No tools necessary? Wow. Alright then. Ill post back when I find the culprit.

Thanks!

Edited by tmarsh, 28 December 2017 - 11:05 PM.


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Posted 29 December 2017 - 12:34 AM

If it is coming from the rear seatbacks, try reclining them a bit to put some load on the springs. It works on mine (though it is a 2011).



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Posted 30 December 2017 - 01:47 PM

Putting this on hold, as of this morning the Edge is at the dealer with a dead alternator. And of course with the new year, they're closed till wednesday. :swear:


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Posted 10 March 2018 - 07:16 PM

Alright so It took me while to figure this out. The noise had gone away for awhile, then came back for good and tested my patience. Ive had to deal with it every day for the last 3 weeks, and today had a 3 hour drive and had to listen to it the entire time. It is so loud the speakers cannot completely drown it out. So I furiously tore apart the entire back half of the car today to find it. 

 

Turns out, nothing was "rattling". When I unbolted the back seats, and lifted out the seat on the passenger side, the mounting plate was stuck to the floor. The previous owner must have spilled an entire can of soda in the crack of the seat. The soda worked its way underneath the seat mounting plate, dried, and became sticky. While driving, the ever so slight flexing and the road causing the seat to vibrate, was somehow making sticky sounds. Similar to your shoes on a sticky floor. 

 

I took both backrests out of the car, cleaned the soda off the floor and underside of the seat plates that bolt to the floor, layed down some rubber sheets for the plates to sit on, put everything back together and the noise is gone. B)

 

Not at all what I expected to be causing such an obnoxious noise, but it was. So for anyone who has or will have this noise in the future, here you go.


Edited by tmarsh, 10 March 2018 - 07:23 PM.


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 02:03 PM

Nothing worse than a constant rattle or noise in your car, drives me absolutely bonkers.  I once had someone else drive while I roamed around inside the back of my Tahoe putting my ear to everything trying to track down a noise.  I've even shot expanding foam into areas trying to get rid of noises, which actually works well, especially for loud music induced vibrations.  You just need to be careful where the foam goes.  Rubber washers between the license plate is another good trick to keep it from vibrating with heavier base.



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 04:44 PM

The car had this noise when I test drove it at the dealership. After I bought it, I had my sister drive while I probed around. Drives me insane as well.

Other than the subwoofer area, the Edge is pretty quiet thankfully. I tried to quiet down the back quarter panel covering the sub by putting felt in between- it made it better in some areas but worse in others. Can't come up with a fix for it. Any ideas? Its too big of a void back there for expanding foam, which I have used in the past as well and does work great.


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 11:14 AM

the hardest part is actually finding the source of the noise.  once you do its fairly easy to figure out a way to get rid of it.  I've also used plastic shims to shove in between things, then glue or tape them in place so they don't back out.  Another trick is using cyanoacrylate (which is basically super glue).  I use all different viscosities of it for work and model making and the low viscosity stuff wicks in between things really well.



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Posted 14 March 2018 - 12:18 PM

          My backseat rattle was the rear seat headrest. Try moving it up or down a little. That fixed the noise.



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Posted 14 March 2018 - 02:27 PM

I actually put myself in a kneeling position on the floor while my daughter drove it over all kinds of surfaces.  It seemed like the rattle came from a bolt that held the seat to the floor.  I brought it in to the dealer, they found a soda can wedged between the seats that had exploded and said the rattle was caused by this.  Long story short, the rattle persisted and I just learned to live with it.  2011 Edge Ltd awd.



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Posted 14 March 2018 - 04:19 PM

It's probaby Dean Winters hiding under there. Insure you car with Allstate and it will go away. :hammer_self:
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