Re: GT boot rattle - again
I have had enough now. I appreciate that every possible fix for this bloody tail gate rattle has been listed on this web site, but nobody seems able to 100% pin it down.
I have tried everything, short of taking it back to the dealer. (Sunwin in Derby), who have been less than helpful with other issues on the car and I have lost faith in them.
I have lubricated the rubber with vaseline.
I have adjusted the bump stops, up and down.
I have adjusted the hinges. and oiled them.
I have taken all of the plastic trim out of the boot and tailgate and cable tied all of the loose bits to the chassis.
Mine rattles in the cold, the heat and the rain, the snow, and even once when it was standing still at traffic lights in heavy wind!!!!
The noise is actually a dull metallic "clack" not actually a rattle or a squeak. Although it mostly happens on bumpy roads, it can happen on a slight undulation in a motorway.
Can someone properly explain this weld realignment that I am reading about. I am an engineer, and I don't understand how you can "realign" a weld. Where exactly is the weld, tailgate or roof?
Can somebody supply me with photographs of these two different glass rubbers, so that I can identify mine.
Is there someone out there who definatly 110% knows what this noise is? And better still how to fix it? An Alfa engineer would be useful, I can't believe that one or two don't read this stuff.
I actually have my own theory, based on experience with Transit drivers seat height adjusters. The latest Transit seat and the Alfa GT boot hinges use the same PTFE lined bushes, that are brilliant and better still very cheap! These bushes rely on an interfearance fit to work properly. Problem is that if the holes in the hinge plates are too big or the pins are too small, the mechanism will rattle. I think that due to manufacturing tolerances, you either get a good one or a bad one. Hence the inconsistancy in reports from owners. Comments please...