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Thx countryguy. Hope that works for you long-term. I tried that awhile back, but noise is still there.
 

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Hey Countryguy,
The only rattle/noise I've had to contend with in 20 months of ownership is that very issue you described, the rear passenger seat belt sagging toward the door and rattling against the side panel. It was easy to identify and easy to deal with. Obviously it was something the designers didn't anticipate when they are going for "looks", not function.
 

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It is weird that the seat belt only rattles on one side and not the other however.
 
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The dealer for my issue ended up replacing the seat frame for one of the rattle/vibration issues I had. That did resolve that problem but I too still have the rattle/ creek in the rear right side passenger seat area. Any other resolution out there? I will definitely bring up the retainer comment from Candy (thx) as I also had them fix the Sirius antenna. Another issue came up the other day. At 70 mph or so I hear a vibration of some sort coming from the front windshield area. All very frustrating for a vehicle that I generally think is great not for these issues.
 

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So tonight I pick up our car from the dealer after the windshield replacement (wow what a difference, I never realized how all those tiny bubbles when hit with direct sunlight makes sun glare 1000x worse- the millions of tiny bubbles were glistening on top of the sun)
Anyway my wife always has the radio on when we are in the car or we are talking so I hop in after the dealer and they had shut off the whole radio and it was dead quiet. Start driving down the road and there it is... This little squeak or creek. Mine is not a rattle. It's definitely higher pitched than a rattle. So I go crazy the whole hour ride home now trying to figure out what it is LOL. It was coming from passenger rear! So pulling up the driveway I call the wife and say come out, you gotta drive me around while I'm in the back. She drove me around the neighborhood and when I got in back passenger the sound sounded like it was coming more from hatch than door area. I had her stop (neighbors must have been wondering) and crawled in the hatch. To get in I had to remove that cover thing. Well I don't know if the squeak was from that or it was something near the door that when I opened and closed to get out to go in the hatch, it "un creeked" itself. I know others here have talked about this sound for awhile. Could it be as simple as that cover thing making the noise? I "think" that's what fixed it for me. I have it lying in the hatch now and not a sound on a few drives. It's my wife's car and I don't drive it all the time so I'll see if it's back tomorrow after she drives it some more. We usually don't hear the sound anyway because of the music. I know it's really basic thing to try but for those hearing it still, don't want to insult anyone, but have you ever tried removing that cover (assuming you have it) to see if it goes away?
 

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One of the tech guys at my dealership was telling me they had a few "creak" complaints in the back of the MKC's.....he pointed to the styra foam compartment under the flooring hatch cover,he said it usually is the cause of these complaints....interesting!
 

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Just throwing this out there: I usually engage the seat belts to their respective locks,especially the ones in the rear....just engage them as if someone is sitting back there...if I have passengers, I usually ask them before they leave to "please" engage the latch to buckle and secure the two halves together....if they are not engaged, the upper portion of the belt swings around into the side plastic panel next to it, sounding like something is loose back there....another pet peeve I have is rear passengers leave the head rest in the "up" position, again, I ask them to lower it back down before they leave...I usually tell them it improves the visibility when down hehehe.
 

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I have a creak/rattle in the drivers seatbelt unit where it attaches to the side pillar. Drives me nuts, but I don't really want the dealer ripping it apart either.
 

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Took the cargo cover out tonight and it did sound like the squeaking/creaking noise was gone. I guess then that must be the culprit in mine.
 

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I have a creak/rattle in the drivers seatbelt unit where it attaches to the side pillar. Drives me nuts, but I don't really want the dealer ripping it apart either.
If it's trim pieces rubbing together try a little silicone spray and see if it goes away. I have also repaired creaks with a small piece of felt inserted in the area in a way that it's not seen.
 

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I'm the original poster and I thought I'd mention, The cause of my creak in the Lincoln was the spare tire, it wasn't secured properly. Screwed it down and laid down some foam tape for extra insurance, the car is now rock solid again at 34k miles. I'm actually really impressed with how few rattles or creaks this car has with this kind of mileage.
 

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The dealer for my issue ended up replacing the seat frame for one of the rattle/vibration issues I had. That did resolve that problem but I too still have the rattle/ creek in the rear right side passenger seat area. Any other resolution out there? I will definitely bring up the retainer comment from Candy (thx) as I also had them fix the Sirius antenna. Another issue came up the other day. At 70 mph or so I hear a vibration of some sort coming from the front windshield area. All very frustrating for a vehicle that I generally think is great not for these issues.


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Squeaking/Creaking Noise Left Rear ? Low Speed Turns, Over Bumps And Turns Into Driveways With Inclines ? 2015-2017 Lincoln MKC | ford
 

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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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Squeaking/Creaking Noise Left Rear ? Low Speed Turns, Over Bumps And Turns Into Driveways With Inclines ? 2015-2017 Lincoln MKC | ford
 
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I have this issue with a 2016. The fix is a Ford Engineering repair called the Rear Header Creak Repair. It is a part that is sandwiched between the roof panel and a lower support.
 

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I have this issue with a 2016. The fix is a Ford Engineering repair called the Rear Header Creak Repair. It is a part that is sandwiched between the roof panel and a lower support.
I have been searching high and low for information on a creaking from the back in my 2017 MKC -- do you have any more information on this repair you could share? I have an appointment with the dealer in a few weeks and I'm hoping to provide them with as much info as I can. I've tried all the fixes in the thread above to no avail so I'm wondering if this might be the solution for me as well. Thanks in advance!
 

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I had this issue (creaking) on one of my 2019 MKCs. Dealer service dept tried to fix it in 2019 and couldn't, so they made an appointment with their body shop. Left the car with them for a few days. Apparently remove much of the rear interior and fixed the creak, probably 95%. Occasional creak since then, but no longer a really noticeable issue.
 

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I have been searching high and low for information on a creaking from the back in my 2017 MKC -- do you have any more information on this repair you could share? I have an appointment with the dealer in a few weeks and I'm hoping to provide them with as much info as I can. I've tried all the fixes in the thread above to no avail so I'm wondering if this might be the solution for me as well. Thanks in advance!
I have a 2017 MKC, purchased it used one year ago. Once it hit about 40K in millage, the rear squeaking started. It drives me crazy. Its worse when goin up hill. I hear it on left and right sides of what sounds like rear seat. I can not replicate it with wiggling anything. Were you able to find a solution?
 

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I have a 2017 MKC, purchased it used one year ago. Once it hit about 40K in millage, the rear squeaking started. It drives me crazy. Its worse when goin up hill. I hear it on left and right sides of what sounds like rear seat. I can not replicate it with wiggling anything. Were you able to find a solution?
I know your pain — this noise drives me insane, to the point of not wanting to drive my car! Here’s the latest on my situation:

I had my MKC in for its annual service a few weeks ago and asked the dealer to take a look at it. The service advisor told me they have seen this issue with Fords and Lincolns before and it’s usually the panoramic roof. He was pretty confident they would be able to fix it.

After almost two weeks with the car, they were unable to fix the creaking. The service advisor spoke with the tech working on it, who after taking the headliner down twice determined the “seam that holds sunroof assembly is coming apart.” The dealer recommended taking it to a body shop for repair.

Naturally I’m just barely out of factory warranty, but I gave Lincoln a call anyway. They are willing to work with me on a repair, which I greatly appreciate. My next step is to make an appointment at one of the two area Lincoln dealers near me that have body shops for a repair estimate, which Lincoln needs to determine what sort of assistance they can offer.

If you’re still within your factory warranty I’d highly recommend taking it to a dealer for inspection. I’m not sure, but I’m guessing the “rear header creak repair” mentioned in the thread above will be what my MKC needs; regardless, it sounds like a structural issue with the roof/pano roof support system and I’m guessing that involves some welding…

I’m still trying to get an appointment (both dealers are absurdly busy) and I’ll definitely update this thread when I have more information!
 

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I know your pain — this noise drives me insane, to the point of not wanting to drive my car! Here’s the latest on my situation:

I had my MKC in for its annual service a few weeks ago and asked the dealer to take a look at it. The service advisor told me they have seen this issue with Fords and Lincolns before and it’s usually the panoramic roof. He was pretty confident they would be able to fix it.

After almost two weeks with the car, they were unable to fix the creaking. The service advisor spoke with the tech working on it, who after taking the headliner down twice determined the “seam that holds sunroof assembly is coming apart.” The dealer recommended taking it to a body shop for repair.

Naturally I’m just barely out of factory warranty, but I gave Lincoln a call anyway. They are willing to work with me on a repair, which I greatly appreciate. My next step is to make an appointment at one of the two area Lincoln dealers near me that have body shops for a repair estimate, which Lincoln needs to determine what sort of assistance they can offer.

If you’re still within your factory warranty I’d highly recommend taking it to a dealer for inspection. I’m not sure, but I’m guessing the “rear header creak repair” mentioned in the thread above will be what my MKC needs; regardless, it sounds like a structural issue with the roof/pano roof support system and I’m guessing that involves some welding…

I’m still trying to get an appointment (both dealers are absurdly busy) and I’ll definitely update this thread when I have more information!
Five months later and finally I have a "resolution" which I'd like to share in case it's helpful to anyone else.

I was able to make an appointment with the collision center at the dealer I purchased the car from. I left the car with them on June 13 ... and only got it back last week. It took them a month and a half to diagnose the noise, over a month to get the parts, and then another month to put it all back together. After everything, not only was the noise not solved, but my car was filthy inside and out and parts were missing and broken throughout.

According to the diagnosis, the creaking noise came from two places: a broken sunroof support bracket (which is both a water leak and safety hazard) and failed headliner glue. I received a quote of more than $8,000 to repair both, of which I would be responsible for paying half (with Lincoln picking up the rest). $4,000 of that quote was for a new headliner, as there was apparently no way to repair the glue. I couldn't stomach that cost on a used car, so I elected to just have the sunroof support bracket replaced, as that was the source of a water leak and could result in the sunroof glass falling out of the roof if not repaired.

Naturally, the part was backordered for a month, and when it finally came in, it was broken, so the shop had to send it back and get a second one. After they installed it and re-assembled everything, the noise was not at all fixed. They tried for another few weeks to remedy the noise but came to the conclusion only a new headliner would fix it. While very communicative and persistent, the Lincoln rep I worked with was unable to provide any more assistance other than footing half the bill.

After finally getting my car back, knowing the noise would still be there, I also discovered a new rattle from the headliner, a detached sunshade, and dirty handprints/footprints all over my car. I also found some trim pieces were missing from the cargo area and everything I'd left in the cargo area (reusable bags, blanket etc). had not been put back. It was beyond frustrating after months without my vehicle (and without a loaner).

So ... I drove down the street and traded my MKC for a new Mazda CX-5 (3 year lease). With the wacky car market I got more on trade than I paid for my MKC last year, and was able to keep my payments nearly the same while also getting both a factory warranty and 3 years of regular maintenance included. I'm bummed about the MKC -- it was a gorgeous car and I really did love it -- but the Mazda is nicer in every way.

Anyway, thank you everyone for the help, and good luck out there!
 
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