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Window Rattle

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by SterlingTaco9, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. Jul 3, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    SterlingTaco9 [OP] Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    First Name:
    So to start things off I have a 2016 Tacoma TRD OF DCSB. I only have a few mods such as an AFE intake, MBRP exhaust, and TRD skid plate. Last fall I noticed a rattle while all my windows were down and it sounded like it was coming form the rear of the truck. After some investigations I found that my exhaust had fallen off its hanger and the exhaust tip was coming in contact with the rear leaf spring hanger. After crawling under the truck I found that one of the hose clamp bolts had become loose causing the exhaust to shift and fall off the hanger. Yay problem solved and adjusting the exhaust and tightening up the bolts. Well 6 months later while driving with the windows down the rattle had returned and this time the exhaust was not the problem.

    After some further investigation the cause had been found and the sound was coming from the driver side passenger window. While the window was all the way down it would rattle and if it was half way up there was no rattle. So I hit Tacoma World in search of answers and there were none to be found. So, here’s my write up and what I discovered.

    To disassemble the rear door card you will need the following items.
    1-Phillips screwdriver
    2-10mm socket
    3-Door pry tool

    Step 1: Disconnecting the Battery (it’s probably not necessary but you will be disconnecting some electronics)

    Step 2: Removal of the top left plastic trim
    Next Remove the Plastic push clip by depressing the center of the clip then removing
    Now remove the plastic cover behind the door handle using your door panel pryer and use a Phillips screw diver to remove the screw.
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    Now its remove the felt piece and the screw underneath

    Part 3: Removing the window control panel, simply pry up and unclip the connector. If the white plastic clips remain in the door card remove and place back on the windows control panel.
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    Part 4
    : Now it's time to pry off the door card. There are a total of 8 plastic clips holding the door card in place. Once the door card is no longer held in place by the 8 plastic clips undo the door lock mechanism. Now that the door card is free remove any of the 8 white plastic clips and return to the door card.

    Below are pictures of the white clips and what they look like installed back on the door card. You will need to do this for the door card to clip back in place.

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    Also make sure you returned all 3 of the small white clips to the door card as well. These are for the small trim piece in the left upper corner.
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    Step 5: Removing the speaker first unclip the connector and then remove the three bolts using a 10mm socket.
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    Step 6: After removal of the speaker I noticed something odd. There was a piece of what looked like black rubber molding laying at the bottom of the door not attached to anything. Then looking over at the window tract there was a metal channel that looked like it would perfectly fit the weather stripping located at the bottom of my door. Wouldn't you know it fit perfectly.
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    Step 7: Let's see if this worked and the window fit perfectly.

    Step 8: Reinstall the door card in the opposite steps as above.

    I hope this is helpful for anyone who's trying to solve a mysterious rattle coming from their window.
  2. Jul 3, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Lateralus01 Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2018
    2018 Cement Tacoma TRD OR DCSB 4x4
    Thanks for this. I have had a rattle in my drivers door window for a bit now. I haven't had the time to remove the door card yet. I wonder if thats what going on with mine. The only difference is mine rattles at every point except fully closed. I replaced all of my speakers some time back so I figured something related to that was the issue. I will try to work on it this weekend and will report back if I have the same issue as you. Might help others if this becomes a common issue.
  3. Jul 3, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    STrooper Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    First Name:
    2018 TRD Sport QS
    GREAT write up and pictures OP!!!:thumbsup: Isn't it better to add a little silicone to prevent the weather strip from sliding back off again?
  4. Mar 24, 2020 at 10:07 PM

    TacoTuesdayTrey Member

    Apr 19, 2019
    First Name:
    2019 TRD Off-Road
    Predator tube steps, Bedrack (w/ Rotopax fuel and water containers), axe and shovel smittybuilt adapter.
    Thank you! Gonna see if this helps my issue! My window feels like it’s not in fully. Driving or bumps or shutting the door causes it to shake. Brought it to my dealer and the sob asked me if I had any prior military service because I mentioned window AND door rattle in my 19 off-road. I said no and he goes oh because we didn’t hear anything so we didn’t do much. Come back if it continues. I had to pick up my girlfriend’s jaw
  5. Mar 26, 2020 at 12:22 PM

    Tacomike18 Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2018
    First Name:
    2018 toyota tacoma sr 2.7 access cab utility package 2wd MGM
    Both of my windows have a slight rattle so maybe I should try this but the current solution is to make the radio louder.

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