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I got out of my car and left the sub on and... My trunk rattles. A lot. If I lean on it it doesn't do it it. Any friggin' clues on how to stop this? You can't hear it in the car but it sounds like total ass. Help'd be appreciated. :(

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Thanks. On another note, what do you guys think of Lightning Audio? I got a sub made by them for a little less than my friend's Audiobahn (I think he paid like 80? not sure.) and /I/ think it sounds decent, for how much I put into it it, but people won't stop giving me shit about it, even though it doesn't sound bad. Inside the car, at least. It doesn't hit ungodly hard, but that's not what I wanted, not with a stock HU/CD changer and no amps on the speakers. I want a second opinion, other than mine, to throw back in their faces. :evil: Or you can just tell me they're right and it sucks, and recommend something that's a lot better. Haha. Anywho.
 

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Not sure if you solved your rattling trunk or not but...

For a while I had a periodic tapping sound at the back of my hatch from the passenger side. Couldn't figure out what it was for a couple of weeks. Went underneath and found that there was a tail pipe support that had finally pulled away from the frame and was loose enough to rap against the frame when jarred enough. Guessing that the exhaust was well enough supported, I just grinded it off.

Might be worth a look underneath in case it's something like that.
 

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highanddry said:
Not sure if you solved your rattling trunk or not but...

For a while I had a periodic tapping sound at the back of my hatch from the passenger side. Couldn't figure out what it was for a couple of weeks. Went underneath and found that there was a tail pipe support that had finally pulled away from the frame and was loose enough to rap against the frame when jarred enough. Guessing that the exhaust was well enough supported, I just grinded it off.

Might be worth a look underneath in case it's something like that.
man, don't spend money..... my cousin had the same problem..... just take off the plastic panel and stick an old towel in there
 

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There's a fix that few people know about. the trunk latches on a little U-shaped rod. You loosen all the bolts holding that latch to the unibody. The latch should now be free to move about 2mm in any direction along the x-y plane. Move it to one of the extreme corners (i.e. upper right, lower left, etc) and hold it there firmly while you re-tighten the screws. Now when you shut the hatch of your car, the clip will be in tension against the latch and will stop all the rattling.

I've seen this problem in 3 escorts I've owned and it's fixed all three on the first try. It works on wagons and hatchbacks, and it also worked on my sister's festiva.
 

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Thanks Sirigan, that really did the trick. My spoiler still rattles but it used to be like, on the outside of the car all you could hear was the trunk. The rattling is minimal and I'll probably work that out too, no extra cost involved. :D
 

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There's a fix that few people know about. the trunk latches on a little U-shaped rod. You loosen all the bolts holding that latch to the unibody. The latch should now be free to move about 2mm in any direction along the x-y plane. Move it to one of the extreme corners (i.e. upper right, lower left, etc) and hold it there firmly while you re-tighten the screws. Now when you shut the hatch of your car, the clip will be in tension against the latch and will stop all the rattling.
8O took the words right out of my mouth.

i found that out when i was putting the latch back on after installing the trunk release. i put it down too far and the trunk wouldn't latch shut. i soon figured out the errors of my ways.
 

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That'll probably fix my problem too!!! Did the Dynamat and drilled a few holes - helped a bit, siliconed the license plate and spoiler also, did more, will now try that latch thing, cause the rattling has been pissing me off all to hell!!!
 

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Like I said, I couldn't hear it when I was inside the car. But if you show up some place, and your trunk rattles a lot like that, people tend to you know... Make fun of you for it. Like having badly done (or sometimes, just at all) lights, or a huge wing, etc. It's ricey. :p
 

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hey man lightning audio is fine with me..i just pull my cargo cover over it cuz i've got a wagon..i've got a lightning audio 250W amp and two 10's..one's lightning audio, the other's a pioneer..but i got em both from wal mart. no one ever gives me any crap. IMO, it sounds just as good as my friends' stuff that they spent 400+ bucks on. most of my crap was used for like a month in my cuz's scort and i bought it from him. it suits me fine. :D if it sounds good to you, then who cares! 8)
 

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well, I did the whole trunk, have the spoiler siliconed (dynamat as I mentioned), etc... it's a fair bit better, but still rattling.
 

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I had an a rattling noise coming from the speaker area. I got fed up and took all of the inside plastic panels out. I turned the stereo off and went down a bumpy road. Turns out that the rear seat belt was the cause. There is nothing wrong with it, but if you tap it, it'll reproduce that noise. I wrapped a towel around it. Stopped it good.
 

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I know it may sound dumb, and simplistic, but have you checked the license plate? Mine rattled like crazy, so I took a sponge and shoved it in behind the plate.....no rattling(not to mention the dynamat in my trunk panel (wagon). Make sure you clean it out once in a while, and let it dry from time to time.

After 2 summers of nothing but vibrations, something else is rattling, its coming from underneath the car.

A friend of mine has a 2001 Hyundai Accent with 2 10" Lightning Audio Subs. They sound nice. Actually they sound just as good as my Kenwoods in my wagon.

The brand really has nothing to do with it. My neighbour swears by using Pioneer, but my 10s are louder than his 12s. Its all on the car, and how they are set up. Although having a JL - 13W7 would probably cause some damage.
 

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Another thing I have found that rattles it the stone shield on the front disks. I need to take mine off because it rattle when I hit bumps. Other that, that I have rattle proofed my car.

Oh yeah and I rattle proofed my buddies Sebring with Spray n' Foam - any panels that rattle, just fill them with it(don't put too much in - this stuff expands 3X its size when you spray it, you don't want it to crack or push anything off the car). I haven't had to do anything that drastic with my Escort since it doesn't rattle too bad, but with the system I have it is inevitable!
 

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Well, the cheap plastic christmas trees on my doors (to hold the door panels on) broke about a year and a half and I used Liquid Nails to keep them on. Guess what. My sub rattled them loose somehow. :roll: Anyways, I figured out most of the rattling is coming from the mud/dirt shields mounted inside the rear bumper to keep it from filling up with mud, and aside from maybe glue there isn't a whole lot I can do about it. None of the rattling was actually audiable from inside the car but you know what people thing when they see a car drive by and hear more buzzing than base. :wink: School's really gotten intensive so I haven't had much time to worry about things like my car rattling. :?
 
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