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post #1 of 61 (permalink) Old 05-19-2005, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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Window Rattle Fixed

Read the warning posted later in this thread from TheViper before adjusting these screws: https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f101...9/#post1263292

My passenger window rattled when it was all the way down. Before the adjustment I could easily hear the rattle noise when closing the door or wiggling the glass. I had tried tightening the screws at the top of the rails as has been suggested, but they were already tight. (BTW, that's a very easy check and you should start there.)

Read the warning posted later in this thread from TheViper before adjusting these screws: https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f101...9/#post1263292

It sounded like the rattle was coming from the glass hitting the aft rail. Assuming clockwise turns of the window angle screw at the bottom of the door would only press the window tighter against the seal when up, I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it.

I turned the screw a half turn clockwise and the rattle diminished. I turned it another half turn and the rattle was essentially gone. I turned another half turn for good measure and called it good.

I may have been a little lucky, but I bet some independent adjustment of the window angle screws will fix this rattle for most people.

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please post photos of the location of the adjustment screws.
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i have this exact same problem. i'll definitely have to try this fix when i get home tonight.
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I turned the screw a half turn clockwise and the rattle diminished. I turned it another half turn and the rattle was essentially gone. I turned another half turn for good measure and called it good.
Shawn, Thanks for your post. I too have the same problem with the passenger window. Which of the two screws did you adjust?

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Man, I positively live this forum!! I have had this rattling window problem since I bought the car over a year ago... I sort of tuned it out, but it was always annoying. A couple of turns of both screws, and WELLA, rattling gone!

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Man, I positively live this forum!! I have had this rattling window problem since I bought the car over a year ago... I sort of tuned it out, but it was always annoying. A couple of turns of both screws, and WELLA, rattling gone!
have you noticed whether it messes w/ the window position when it is all the way up? both my windows line up perfectly with both tops in their current position and i'd hate to screw that up to fix a little rattle...
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have you noticed whether it messes w/ the window position when it is all the way up? both my windows line up perfectly with both tops in their current position and i'd hate to screw that up to fix a little rattle...
I haven't checked that yet. I checked that the window goes up and down without binding, but have not checked the way it lines up at the top. My impression is that it doesn't effect the position, but I could be wrong. The screws that I tightened a bit certainly seem quite loose to me.

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Shawn, Thanks for your post. I too have the same problem with the passenger window. Which of the two screws did you adjust?
Somehow I missed your post.

I adjusted the window so that it made good contact with the weatherstrip then I tweak each one until the rattle was gone. I tried to favor tightening vs. loosening to prevent leaks.
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Thanks, I just acquired a used '05 Elise and discovered this thread. You just cured one of my rattles as well as a passenger side leak problem.

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whew.....

Hey Clay... Glad you're enjoying your car!


This kinda thread is what its all about! I just stumbled on the thread last night, went to the garage this morning, tightened the screws and the door doesn't rattle anymore... after only 10,000 miles....

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I am rattle free - thanks!!!

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Thanks for bumping this, I've had this problem for a while and missed this thread.

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my window sounds like its about to crack when it gets half way down....it gets right..then "pops" past the half way point as it goes all the way down...does the same when closing it. Any thoughts?

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I am rattle free - thanks!!!
Shhhhhh...don't say that too loudly around the car. It'll hear you and the squeaks will.......................start!
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my window sounds like its about to crack when it gets half way down....it gets right..then "pops" past the half way point as it goes all the way down...does the same when closing it. Any thoughts?
Check that your power window cable harness is not obstructing the window's travel. My PAX window had the same problem and by re-dressing this power feed harness it's as smooth as silk now
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Help!

I did what everyone suggested. I turned the screw clockwise one turn, and tried closing the door to see if the rattle diminished. It went 'clunk', and the screw fell out onto the floor! The window still seems to be working, but whenever I lower the window, the screaching sound (like the window about to crack) is still there.

Can anyone help?
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just in case.... did you try putting the screw back in and turning it the other way?
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I can't do that. I think the bolt fell "into" the door cavity, and came out the bottom through another opening.

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bump - so I remember to try this tonight when I get home

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