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odd slider rattle

small bumps or rough pavement (manhold covers, potholes) give me a small rattle from the upper rear corner of the slider.

sometime i can reproduce the noise (when stopped) by thumping on the inside of the frame or the door, up near the corner.

if the door is opened a bit, i definitely can't reproduce it by thumping on either the door or the frame.

there's a rubber bumper (i assume it's just a bumper, but please let me know if it's something else as well) on the outside of the van that the corner of the door comes to rest on when closed. if i insert piece of paper there before closing the door, the "rattle" goes away completely.

so it's almost as if it's not a rattle at all, but maybe a bit of a squeak from the bumper contacting the door.

any thoughts? any thoughts on a more permanent solution? :-) i did try a bit of silicone spray, which didn't seem to help.

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Leave a piece of paper in there?
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I have an annoying rattle in my sliding door (with window) too. Did you ever get it fixed? Mine sounds like lock linkage parts slapping the inside of the door.

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no, i never "got it fixed". i did eventually figure out that it's the rubber bumper "sticking" to the painted surface of the van -- i can recreate the sound, with the door closed, simply by pushing on the upper rear corner of the door to cause it to flex a tiny bit. putting a post-it on the body where the rubber bumper sits makes the noise go away. i haven't resorted to leaving a post-it there permanently, assuming that the noise will stop on its own at some point.

as i continue with my build-out, that noise is becoming less and less apparent, as new noises are being created all the time. :-)

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On mine I want to say there are clear film disks stuck on the paint where the bumpers hit. Maybe yours got left off.
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On mine I want to say there are clear film disks stuck on the paint where the bumpers hit. Maybe yours got left off.
oh, thanks! went and looked. i do have a clear disk on the van body where the lower rear door bumper hits, but nothing on the door where the upper rear bumper hits.

maybe you're right. i'll stop at the dealer and ask -- it's a problem i complained about on the very first day. (if anyone else can confirm i should have clear film in both places, that would be nice!)

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as i continue with my build-out, that noise is becoming less and less apparent, as new noises are being created all the time. :-)
So true, especially when loaded for a trip. I sometimes have to stop on the way somewhere to go back and check for some loose item or new noise in the back. After some practice it is improving.

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I had a very bad rattle on my driver side slider. It sounded like it was coming form inside but I took everything I could apart and it all looked great. Anything that would be touching metal is wrapped in foam and secured to something. I narrowed it down to the white rollers on the top hanger. When the door closes it gets raised a little bit and if its to loose those rollers pick up off the track and start to rattle. If you open the slider from the inside just far enough to put your hand outside, then pull the door toward yourself it shouldn't move that much. If it does then its out of alignment. Luckily I had two doors two compare, driver side was way worse then pass. Took it to the dealer for realignment and a day later no rattle. Now that its gone I think I can hear the other doing the same but not nearly as bad, only over extreme bumps.
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I actually had several rattles in the passenger slider door. My wife has a thing about rattles and noises, so I have spent many evening ripping apart the door and roof liner.. I took my van in to have the slider door aligned, as I was having wind noise and the chipped paint issue. The dealer ended up replacing the entire door as it was warped and they could not get it to line up. Once they replaced the door, I had a different rattle that came from the top of the door. I ended up putting sound deading in the exterior around the upper track, and inside behind the airbag and roof. This did not fix the issue.
I found that the upper black rubber trim between the top of the door and the body of the van was loose (clips did not keep the trim snug against the body). I put foam tape behind it to make it tighter. That fixed some of the noise, but not all of it. I finally added additional foam seal tape between the rubber trim and the roof. This caused the door close tighter. This so far has fixed the noise. I do not know if the door was hitting the roof, the roof trim piece was loose, or if the roller was rattling. I think that the foam tape caused everything to fit snugger and stop the rattling.

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Mine has a good amount of noise coming from the slider, I'm pretty sure it's the weather seal rubbing against the inside of the door. It's a newer thing, when it was new I never heard it. I'm about 10,000 miles in. Might try a little talc powder on the seal?

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