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Model X - Trunk Rattle Solved

Discussion in 'Model X' started by shiftelectrics, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. shiftelectrics

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    I have a 2016 P90DL.

    I recently had a new rattle come up that was driving me nuts. It sounded like a piece of plastic vibrating at a high pitch, anything over 60mph would make it consistent, and loud.

    In my trunk, I found a piece of plastic (not sure what it is for), but taped it over this morning. Noise is gone.
    I'll probably replace the masking tape with felt, or vinyl for aesthetics.

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    Hope this helps someone else!
     
  2. icetoev

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    Hmmm... service advisor told me about that "fix" for rattles but mobile ranger said that is a drain for water. Anyone know what the true story is?
     
  3. shiftelectrics

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    I was at service this morning-- it's confirmed that that is a drain for water.

    I removed the tape, and they are going to put a bead of silicon to keep the drain from moving, but still allow for drainage.
     
  4. jboy210

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    Thanks. I always wondered what that was.

    I think mine rattles also, at least that location seems correct. Seem more like a pebble rolling around. But only when the car is cold. Since the lows are in the 60s and highs near 100 there is no rattling now. But if the silicon works for you I will do it proactively.
     
  5. icetoev

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    I recommend looking into the panel where the trunk close button is. I had rattles similar to others and finally found that the clips holding that panel were broken.
     
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  6. Torqueria

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    Shiftelectrics, you are totally my hero! This rattle had been driving me crazy, particularly on long road trips. I even took a service technician out for a drive last week so he could hear it. Hear it he did, but I later got a text message from my service advisor saying that they couldn't find the source and it'd be $175 if I wanted them to pursue it further. Thus, I was extremely pleased to find your post & give your solution a try. It worked! Thanks for sharing!
     
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  7. shiftelectrics

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    Glad you got it sorted out! What year is your X?
     
  8. Torqueria

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    It's a 2017. Manufactured in September of that year.
     
  9. aesculus

    aesculus Still Trying to Figure This All Out

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    #9 aesculus, Jul 3, 2019
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    So I pulled this panel expecting to see broken clips too. I even stocked up on some ahead of time although the major ones in the middle I did not know about and don't have a supply of. None the less I did not find any broken clips. But I did find four other potential issues:
    1. Make sure your emergency release is secure on the velcro. You can access this with little plastic door and don't need to remove the panel to access it.
    2. On each side is a clip for a wiring harness connector. Both of these are loose on my car which can rattle. They are the "christmas tree" variety and most of the branches are broken or not well formed hence they don't hold tight to the car. I used some construction adhesive and glued mine to the panel.
    3. The wire on the left clip could rattle against the body so I secured it to the large tube with a wire tie
    4. There is a wiring harness that rests against the door panel. It's been covered in a softer foam but I still think it can rattle. I padded mine more.
    I am going to leave my panel off for a few weeks to ensure this fixes my rattles as it's a real PITA to remove. I still have a few others in the car to hunt down and I think an air strut that is bad too that is kind of overwhelming the other rattles.
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