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#1 of 13 Excessive wind noise
Apr 03, 2008 (5:33 pm)
Has anyone had trouble with excessive wind noise on the driver's or passenger's side windows? I have had trouble since purchase (5/07) with My 2007 XT (AT). Dealership has been great and "fixed" it four times - goes in next week to get "fixed" again.
Any simular problems or suggestions?
#2 of 13 Re: Excessive wind noise [sandyc3]
Apr 04, 2008 (8:58 am)
I collected some info on it below. I don't have it on my 08 and plan to avoid it.
I think it may be caused by people pushing on the glass to open and close the door. Imagine the force this puts on what is holding the fully extended glass.
Pushing on the glass uses it as a lever to loosen how tightly it is gripped by the top inches of its track and by the few inches of the front gusset. The track and gusset spread, and no longer press the glass so tightly against the rubber weatherstripping, introducing two sources of wind noise. Because the glass is frameless without perimeter support, I keep my hands off of it.
I think cramming a rubber tube under the weatherstripping is addressing the symptom rather than the cause.
Gussett change TSB
The window gussets at the corners (the triangle that the side mirror is bolted to and that the glass rides into the channel).... These gussets get bent over time by shutting the door by the glass or with the windows up even.... and the cabin pressure does it...
Weatherstripping Seal Noise
PepBoys... LifeLine brand vinyl tubing... 5/32" vinyl tubing... OD of the tubing is just over 1/4". Say 5/16" It's sold in 6 foot lengths, and you'll need one package for each window. Start stuffing the tubing between the weather stripping and the interior trim panel. Run it all the way around the window. Then, go back and pull back on the stripping so that it fully encapsulates the vinyl tubing. This will push the weather stripping out a bit more, and help it seal against the window.
#3 of 13 loud tone or alarm at highway speeds and wind
Apr 04, 2008 (9:04 am)
I drive a Subaru Forrestor 2004 XT and occasionally while driving at freeway speeds and on windy days, I will hear a loud alarm or tone go off for a couple of seconds or two. It seems to come from behind me and to the right somewhere. It only happens at highway speeds. I didn't notice any dashboard lights come on.
#4 of 13 Re: loud tone or alarm at highway speeds and wind [txsubydrver]
Apr 04, 2008 (11:40 am)
Those are all the police officers you are outrunning with that thing. Slow down.
Could it be an alarm for a door being open? Do any lights on the dash light up?
#5 of 13 tone or alarm at highway speeds
Apr 04, 2008 (12:23 pm)
No I didn't any thing light up on my console but then it only lasts for a second or two.
#6 of 13 Re: tone or alarm at highway speeds [txsubydrver]
Apr 04, 2008 (12:27 pm)
Any change if you open a window? Try that if you're able to get it to repeat itself.
#7 of 13 tone or alarm at highway speeds
Apr 04, 2008 (12:37 pm)
Ok thanks for the suggestion.
Out of curiosity, what would it tell me if opening the windows DID stop it?
#8 of 13 Re: tone or alarm at highway speeds [txsubydrver]
Apr 04, 2008 (12:42 pm)
I'm just thinking of the pressure created against the doors due to wind resistance. Opening them should release the pressures.
My van does that. I have power sliding doors, and if I drive off before I close them I hear beeps.
#9 of 13 Re: Excessive wind noise [aatherton]
Apr 04, 2008 (7:35 pm)
Thanks for the info. I checked some of these out before I posted. I will give the dealer another shot at it since it's under warranty and has been making the noise almost since day one. They have been good to me and are currently attempting to replace the entire door molding. After reading these posts, it doesn't seem like it will work but I will try what they suggest for now. I wanted to take some infor with me to the dealership; sometimes they don't believe me and I wanted to make sure I wasn't complaining without cause. It seems to be a more widespread problem than I imagined.
I will keep you "posted"
#10 of 13 Re: Excessive wind noise [sandyc3]
Apr 13, 2008 (10:56 am)
Did you notice this noise after having your windshield replaced? If so, it could be a loose piece of lower trim on the outside of the windshield