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E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:57 PM
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97 Z3: Rattle in the Convertible Top

I purchased the car in May. It was in need of a new top. the frame was fine but had a metallic rattle when the top was in the closed position. the new top was installed about a month ago. The top looks good and fits fine but the rattle persists. Any ideas? Is this a typical problem? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:43 PM
E36ic4me E36ic4me is offline
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Start by adjusting the latches, making them tighter.
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:20 AM
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Thanks Dusty. The sound seems to be coming from the back rather than the front. are there any adjustments in that area that can be made?
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:19 AM
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Oh, then that wouldn't be latch related then. Is the sound coming from the actual top frame or more from the well where the top folds into?
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:53 PM
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It sounds like the well.
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:51 AM
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Also check your shock mounts for anomalies. I need to install my Rogue RSM soon. Have had it sitting for >1.5 years.
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Old 09-30-2011, 06:00 AM
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I'm having the same issue. Almost like a ticking rather than a rattle. It's coming from the top frame on the passenger side, and when I push up on the frame it goes away. I have to take some time to try and hunt it down. I thought it might be the seals rubbing against each other but I don't know.
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Old 10-01-2011, 03:33 AM
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Other than your rear shock mounts having issue's I'd venture to say the installer dropped and lost one of the spacers or bolts from the sealing frame in the rear well.
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Old 10-01-2011, 05:01 AM
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Thanks all. Good feedback. I will continue to search out the problem and report any findings.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:14 AM
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Sorry. I asked a question and then disappeared (took off on a vacation). Anyway, the reason I asked about the well is I too had a 'top rattle' coming from the well. Turns out it was shock mounts. I had new ones installed and *poof* my car was quiet as could be.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:56 AM
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Update: It was the shock mount on the driver's side. Bought some heavy duty mounts from Miele and installed them yesterday. Fairly easy process. It helped to have a lift. Once the interior well cover was removed, four nuts on the crown of the shocks (2 each) were removed along with the bottom bolts. The shocks were removed, the mounts were removed with one nut, new mounts installed and shocks back on the car in less than 30 minutes. I'm now driving in silence. Beautiful! No rattles anywhere. Unfortunately the rear storage compartment lid was slightly damaged (crack) as we were removing the top nuts. That should be easy to find (not). Thank you all for the diagnostics. All input was very helpful. Hard Dog roll bar install is next.
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:07 PM
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Im having the same problem on the passenger side, can someone please take some pictures of the shock mount. im confused.
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