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Old 12-07-2011, 12:17 PM   #1
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Rattles in the headliner

I live in Michigan, and I'm not sure if it's because of the recent change to cold weather or what, but I've started to notice rattles in the headliner, especially this morning. I was having one behind my head, along the rear passenger door, but I pressed around enough in that area that it seems to have stopped. This morning I have developed another around the front area of the moonroof on the passenger side. If I push up on the headliner and release, you can hear/feel like it is sticking to something, but like whatever that adhesive is, isn't strong enough to hold it, so the headliner falls back down. The headliner doesn't look out of place mind you, it just seems like it should be pushed up to stop whatever the rattle is. Anyone else experience anything similar?

I am taking my car in on Friday for the transmission TSB, so I'm going to mention this to them.


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Old 12-07-2011, 01:23 PM   #2
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I live in Michigan, and I'm not sure if it's because of the recent change to cold weather or what, but I've started to notice rattles in the headliner, especially this morning. I was having one behind my head, along the rear passenger door, but I pressed around enough in that area that it seems to have stopped. This morning I have developed another around the front area of the moonroof on the passenger side. If I push up on the headliner and release, you can hear/feel like it is sticking to something, but like whatever that adhesive is, isn't strong enough to hold it, so the headliner falls back down. The headliner doesn't look out of place mind you, it just seems like it should be pushed up to stop whatever the rattle is. Anyone else experience anything similar?

I am taking my car in on Friday for the transmission TSB, so I'm going to mention this to them.

Alot of people have this issue and some have got headliner replacements to fix this but in some cases other rattles or damage occurred during service. You are correct the glue is the problem and making the rattle noise. I heard dealers have also re-glued and added double-sided tape to fix this without replacing the headliner.

I also had the same rattles and found pushing up only solved the problem for a few minutes then rattles will return. So you have a few choices and the dealer can decide what action they will take for you. I decided to fix it myself by expanding the gap just slightly with some packing foam so the defective glue doesn't touch and make the annoying rattle sound. I found this to be effective and not noticeable at all. I figure over time the glue will stop being "tacky" and then the problem will go away completely.

Here is a thread I started explaining my DIY repair for this issue:

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=274500

Goodluck!
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:39 PM   #3
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You'll need a new headliner. A few pieces of foam isn't going to re-glue those clips.

Read through this:

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=261662
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:28 PM   #4
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I used the DIY Foam technique here and it seems to be working really well- thanks for the suggestion!
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