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Anoying Rattles

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Well, just over 1000 miles and already the rattles are showing up in my van. Sounds like the sliding doors but hard to pin down while driving. In the 1980's I had a nice, full size Ford window van that was pretty quiet. This is my second van, and it's not! Is it typical of these vans to exhibit rattles in the area of the sliding doors? The fit of the doors when closed seems pretty tight, but maybe they bounce around in the body?

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Just bought a used 2011 Connect and would love to hear from folks who have found solutions for those door rattles. My immediate thought was taking it to an audio shop here in Columbus that installs sound deadening materials. Bad idea?

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Mine are quiet ...

 

First thing I'd maybe do is goop all the seals with NAPA SilGlyde. That restores them and will give you a better seal. Sometimes it's the little things ...

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I need to lubricate the door slides, but that's not the rattling and squeaking I'm getting.  There's a bit of klunking coming from the sliding doors, and a weird squeak from the rear axle under braking first thing in the morning.  Maybe the brakes are an issue for that second one.  There's also an assortment of light plastic buzzes and rattles from the dashboard, but I really can't complain too much about that kind of thing from an eight year old commercial vehicle.

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A week or so later, I'm getting a rattle at idle.  It's a plastic on plastic idle coming from the dash or driver's door.

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