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Old 10-23-2012, 10:16 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by cjanderson629 View Post
Does anyone know how to fix the annoying door panel rattle? It is especially annoying when the stereo is on. And no, I do not have my bass turned up.
Hi cjanderson629,

Swing by your dealership; they're in the best position to track down that rattle and get it repaired. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me via PM.

Originally Posted by jdetzel View Post
I know this sounds crazy, but a friend of mine told me about the years ago. I did it in my Tundra and it worked.
Dum Dum - Plumbers putty. You can ball it up and place it on the interior of the door panel where it will press against the door shell.
It does 2 things. One it causes the trim panel to fit tighter against the shell and it adds density to the trim panel which absorbs vibration.
It is fairly stable so it won't melt and drip into anything. Had it in the Tundra door panels for 8 or 9 years, never caused a problem.
Originally Posted by TboneZX3 View Post
I have door rattles, but only when I have the stereo sound levels pretty high. I plan to use audio matting on the inside skin of the door (Dynamat or Fatmat), and some adhesive neoprene on the inside of the plastic panel.

One thing you should check: the screws in my doors (the ones behind the interior door handles) were fairly loose from the factory and tightening them made a difference in my car.
Originally Posted by SkyPilot View Post
You own a brand new car, you have a warranty for these kinds of things, take it to the dealer and have them try to fix it before you tear apart your door and make things worse.
Originally Posted by Burns098356GX View Post
Check the little reflectors on the inside of the door. I found mine would rattle constantly with the stereo on.

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Originally Posted by jdetzel View Post
If you do not already know how, here is a good how to for getting the trim panels off:
2012 Focus SE Hatchback Sport - Changing stock speakers
Be careful not to put putty where it could fall to the inside of the door shell. It would be a mess trying to clean that stuff out of a window regulator.
Good point about the reflectors I remember how easily they slid out when I took off my trim panels.
Good point about banging (beat lightly) to simulate vibrations.
What I suggested would probably only work to stop the trim panels from vibration caused by the sound system. It would be a bummer to pull the trim panels and not take that opportunity to fix and other rattles that may exist.
And yes I am sure the dealer probably would fix that...
Originally Posted by cbdallas View Post
Honestly, there's very little you can mess up by simply taking off a door panel. It's when you start dinking with the window mechanism that you can get into trouble. I consider myself fairly mechanically-inclined, but I took one look at that setup on my Optima and walked away. I envisioned a mess of cables & pullies and a window falling down inside the door. Not this kid. But rattles behind the door trip are easily fixed yourself if you're not inclined to spend the day at the dealership while the techs look for the unicorn.
Thanks for all the good advice, folks! As always, I'm happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Send me a PM and I'll do what I can to help.

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