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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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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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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?
I have had the same issue from the beginning. Noise is only at slow speeds. Have not spent any time trying to fix it.

Now that I have about 2/3rds of the conversion done, I expect the dealer to blame what I have added for the noise.
 

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RATTLE-my theory

This is my theory on the rattle in the slider....I have not been able to qualify it, but it's been bugging me for a year.
I've seen photos of the lower panel removed. There is a mylar film that helps seal the inner cavity. I believe the rattle is the mylar sheet (which is taught) vibrates at certain frequency causing this rattle...and usually only between 5 and 10 miles per hour...
This has become a lesser issue as I build the van because each component causes new squeaks and rattles that I then have to troubleshoot....
what do you all think? At some point I will get to it to see if that's the culprit
 

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I think I'd be amazed if it was the barrier film, and completely comfortable assuming one of the 28 dimensional adjustments to the slider is out of spec.
 

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Count me in on the rattle. I found this thread searching for solutions.

Mine is at most speeds, small bumps not big ones. And it is only about 25% of the time, and often goes away after X amount of time/miles. Sometimes persists. Sometimes comes back when I've used the slider, sometimes not. Most perplexing. Sounds like a loose piece of hard plastic hitting the sheet metal.

I'll have someone stand up and try to pinpoint the location soon, my best guess from the driver seat is the upper back corner of the sliding door, like others mentioned.
 

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in my case, the rattle could be reproduced by simply pushing on the upper rear corner of the door, even when the van was stationary, which caused the rubber bumper to move, perhaps moving out of contact with the door. a piece of blue masking tape in the contact area (i.e., on the door, where the rubber bumper hits) has solved my rattle. (i can easily believe there are many other causes of rattle, though.) (it's very hard to see the spot where the tape goes in normal use of the van, which is why my solution is still the tape, several months after applying it.)
 

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Hey guys, new to the forum here.

Can anyone who successfully fixed the slider rattle using tape please post a photo? I tried putting painters tape where the bumper contacts the back left upper corner of the slider, as it sounds like this is where the noise is coming from. No luck; I'm thinking I may cut up some old bike innertube and sandwich that between some tape to create a bigger improvised bumper.

I've got ~3500 miles on my 2016 T250 MR cargo and this noise is starting to drive me nuts! It only started about 1k miles ago. Usually starts at low speeds (5-10), and the rougher the road the more annoying it gets. Never really lets down even at highway speed. I've taken it into the dealership and the body shop guy claimed he'd never heard of the issue, but changed a couple of the retaining clips in the upper (roof) weatherstrip at the top of the sliding door. This hasn't helped, and I'm more inclined to think that the rattle is hardware or alignment related, especially since it did not occur when the van was new. I may schedule an actual service appointment and see what they can do for me.

Side note: I have not tried to remove the wall paneling yet, but it doesn't sound like that has worked for anyone anyways.

Thanks!
 

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that was me that originally described that fix.

i think there are a lot of different rattles from the door -- yours may be different than mine was. i was able to recreate the sound while the van was stationary. standing inside the van, with the slider closed, if i pushed on the door near that upper rear corner, i'd get a soft "tick" sound, which i think must have been the bumper unsticking from the painted surface opposite. a piece of tape fixed the problem. i should also note that mine made the sound in the dealer's parking lot, so i had it from day 0. i don't know if it still does it -- i've never removed the tape to find out.

i definitely recommend trying to recreate your sound while the van's not moving. and also trying to pinpoint it while someone else drives.
 

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My noise was coming from around the interior door handle. sounded like one of the clips would back out over time and rattle really bad. Then I installed a plastic grab handle there so it pushed the plastic tight against the metal. No more rattle.

Then, another rattle sounds like it's coming from the top right of the door. I pulled all the plastic trim and added Hush Mat to the metal. Rattle came back. So now I've added a small piece of Hush Mat to where the rubber bumper sits against the door. I will report back.

If it works, I'm happy to send some members a small square of the sound deadening material. I have some scraps left over.
 

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Well, the rattle in the upper rear corner of the slider is back. Seems to happen in the morning when the temperature is cool?


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