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Every time I drive over a bump that flexes the body slightly at low speeds, I hear a loud plasticky creak in the rear cargo area. I've tried removing the cargo shade, tried folding down the seats, re-arranging the seatbelts and even tried driving with the rear hatch open just in case it was the hatch flexing while shut. I've even taken the entire spare tire assembly out. Nothing has worked. I'm thinking it's an issue with the sunroof flexing or some sort of trim panel in the back. Anyone have the same issue and know of a way to remedy it at home?
 

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Yes, hearing a similar sound and can't figure it out. Just had the Sirius fix done where the rear qtr. panel was removed/replaced. Suspecting it might be something having to do with that.
 

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I've had similar issues and done many of the same trial fixes. Brought in for service but the rattle/creek continues. Did either of you ever get a fix or just turn your radio up as I sadly do sometimes ��
 

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My Service Dept. (which is usually quite good) looked at mine. They thought is was some broken fastener in the rear passenger-side door panel; but I still hear it, so not convinced they got it yet.
 

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Thanks for the message back. Mine seems to be coming from the rear passenger side as well. Hard to pinpoint. Dealership has tried but the rattle still there. I'll post if a solution is found.
 

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I have a rattle also when driving on a gravel road but it is coming more from the passenger rear door area I think.
 

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I'm wondering and trying to pinpoint if it has anything to do with the windowshade-style cargo cover and how it is mounted in the cargo sidewalls.
 

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I removed the cargo cover and the rattle still persisted. I still think it is coming from the door.
 
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Maybe there is something inside the door that fell to the bottom or a wire harness that's loose.
 

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Rear seatbelt buckles rattle against the interior plastic wall trim constantly. I buckle mine with no one seated. I do get a ur ur urking noise from our rear suspension on cold days. Can hear it just getting in and out of the car. Dealer can't duplicate cause they're not trying and frankly stupid. This car needs two more years of production till they get it right - just before they replace it with the next gen and a whole new set of problems.

Hammer the dealer service - document it and make it known. Make them try try try.
 

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I guess I'm lucky, I have zero creaks or wind noise on mine!This past week here in Canada it WAS cooooooold, again so weirdness or strange sounds from my suspension either( touching wood here for luck LOL).
 

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Great to hear you have no issues. I just recently tried putting both back seats down and for the moment the rattle is gone. Will see if that continues to resolve the problem before I bring back to the dealer. They did look in that area before but couldn't find anything. Quite frustrating but really do like the vehicle.
 

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Mine made a lot of noise over bumps from th rear compartment. The dealer found the latch of the hatch had to be adjusted as it wasn't pulling the hatch down tightly. Once they fixed that it has been quiet and there have been no issues.
 

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I drove 2 hours yesterday to go to a Lincoln dealer for the car's first service. I also asked them to check about the rattle which I thought was coming from the rear passenger side door. They were very busy and didn't have time to do a thorough check but they think the rattle is coming from the headliner in the rear. To investigate further will be an all day job as the entire headliner will have to be taken down. I don't really want to take another day off work to go to this Lincoln dealership so I am going to call the Ford dealer here again and have them investigate. On a side note, I can't say that I was really impressed with the Lincoln dealer. It is a combined Ford dealer as well and for a basic dealership ti was good but with all I have heard about Lincoln dealerships, this was definitely not one of them. The waiting room was average, noisy because it was situated between the Lincoln showroom and the Ford showroom but not in an enclosed area. The service advisor was very nice and helpful but otherwise just a basic dealership. They washed the car outside but did nothing on the inside. In fact it was dirtier than when I left it with them. There was dirt on the inside of the driver's door, on the door sill, etc. I thought they would at least clean all of that plus wash the floor mats but no they did not.
 

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Thanks countryguy...I've been wondering about the headliner as well as I continue to try and pinpoint where my noise is coming from.
 

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My suggestion to you guys would involve a second person doing the driving while you ( the one that is aware of this rattle/noise) takes a seat in the back seat and do some searching. If you're driving yourself, it's REALLY hard to investigate where it might be coming from, so having a second person doing the driving would probably help you a lot.
My first guess is either a slide tab or a locking plastic retainer. A lot of dealerships make the mistake of using the same ones they just took out.....the reality is; once they are disconnected, they should be replaced with new ones...as any quality body man can attest !
Slide tabs are interlocking little "tongues" that engage into an opposing "slot" these are usually found in plastic panels that interlock into each other. Generally, unless they have been forced OR bent, they cause no issues, but if they were bent out or in, the "play" that occurs between the two will create a weird squeak....Rear passenger plastic panel in my mustang had to be removed when they replaced a seat belt tensioner where the belt comes out the rear panel....the tensioner's seat belt goes through an small opening in the plastic cover...After they removed and reinstalled it, it developed a nasty squeak, when I complained about a NEW squeak that developed since the tensioners replacement, they found that one of the forward facing tongues (4 in total) was twisted right out and was NOT engaging, they ended up ordering a new plastic panel with intact sliders and so sooner it was installed, the squeak disappeared!
 
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Thanks Candy. Yes, my SM initially told me it was a "broken retainer clip" in the rear door, but the squeak is still there.
 

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Retainers is what secures them in place....the tongue tabs is what interlocks them together...squeaks usually are caused by loose, broken or bent tabs, or at least that's what I found out from my own experiences. If you're sitting in the back seat looking for this squeak while someone else drives for you.....try to locate the general area where the squeak is emitting from, then....firmly push on each panel and continue to hold it down and see if you hear a difference, if not, move on to the next panel.....you will finally hit the spot!
It's trial & error approach!
 
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I moved the seat belt latch on the rear passenger side so that it sits on top of the back of the seat right next to the belt guide. I haven't heard any more rattle for the past 2 days and I have driven on some very bumpy gravel roads now that the snow is melting. Maybe the belt was the problem after all...keeping my fingers crossed.
 
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