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Roadster lid tonneau rattle squeak fix

After having a new roof put in I noticed that the Z started having a rattle/squeak coming from the lid/tonneau area. It's usually louder when top is up, but can

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Old 04-05-2019, 08:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After having a new roof put in I noticed that the Z started having a rattle/squeak coming from the lid/tonneau area. It's usually louder when top is up, but can still hear some squeaks/rattles when top is down. It sounds like metal against metal. I thought it could be the striker causing it. But after reading different suggestions on the forum i tried covering the lid/tonneau bolts with some weatherstrip tape. To my surprise the noise went away. Hooray! It was really getting on my nerves .

I used Duck Weatherstrip Seal Self Adhesive Foam. This is the stuff people use to insulate windows and doors from drafts.
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i found the piece that is causing the squeak, see pictures attached
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saw after some time of opening and closing the top, the lid was ripping the tape off the screw, and the rattle started coming back. I went to home depot and found a rubber screw protector. Basically a rubber piece that fits over the screw/bolt. It was only 88 cents at my local home depot. I put some more weatherstrip tape on the bolt and slid the screw protector over it. So far so good .
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vman12,

I don't know if the Nissan gods will strike you down or not, but putting something yellow where everything else is painted black???

Clever fix!
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Haha didn't think about the color, since it's hidden under the lid. So no one will actually see it unless they look in when i put the top down.

They had different colors for different sizes at home depot. I bet there are black ones online.

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Thanks! I had exactly the same symptom and your fix worked a treat.

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Thank you, this worked well for me today.
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After having a new roof put in I noticed that the Z started having a rattle/squeak coming from the lid/tonneau area. It's usually louder when top is up, but can still hear some squeaks/rattles when top is down. It sounds like metal against metal. I thought it could be the striker causing it. But after reading different suggestions on the forum i tried covering the lid/tonneau bolts with some weatherstrip tape. To my surprise the noise went away. Hooray! It was really getting on my nerves .

I used Duck Weatherstrip Seal Self Adhesive Foam. This is the stuff people use to insulate windows and doors from drafts.
Did you replace the whole top or just the cloth?
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I too have a rattle That has developed behind my left ear while driving that’s making me INSANE. It’s more prevalent with the top up. Maybe this is the fix I needed!! Will try this and see if it fixes it.
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Thanks for posting this! Rattles drive me insane, and it takes lots of detective work and trial and error to track them down. I don't have this particular rattle on my car (yet), but I'll keep your fix in my repertoire.
By the way, I did check my car and observed that it has black, plastic caps on those lower bolts where you added the yellow screw protectors. Mine is a 2017; maybe yours had them originally but they somehow fell off? You might want to see if you can get the OEM replacements.
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Thanks. This has been driving me nuts for a year.

BTW, all I did was put a tiny cabinet door bump stop (with the self adhesive back) on top of mine and it worked great.
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Mine has been squeaking like an old bed spring with a pair of randy teenagers going at it for several years now. I canít wait to try the fix. Thanks for that vman.

Now if I can only get the top to go up and down. Iíve checked for worn wires but so far no luck. It sucks to have a convertible that doesnít convert. I donít think I could give it away in this condition even though it doesnít have 40k on it after 8 years and except for scrapes on the nose cowling it looks mint. Heavy sigh.
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I finally decided to go at it 100%. I dug in and found the fluid had all drained out into the storage space. I ordered new hydraulic lines for the rear latch system and replaced them along with cleaning out the hydraulic reservoir and replacing the fluid. While going through all that I checked the wires once again and voila, I found a broken wire. I soldered it back together. Now with new hydraulic lines and new fluid I'll be damned if the thing didn't work! I think the bungee is getting old because it tends to catch when I try to close it. Regardless, the hydraulics are working. Now if I could only fix the gawd dammed miserable squeak. Ugghhh!!!!!!!!!
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