Hardtop Creaking and Popping

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First time Wrangler owner. I am getting a creaking or popping noise from my hardtop when I make a turn or hit a bump. Thinking my bolts may be too loose or too tight. Any experienced Wrangler owners have a fix for this, or is this normal? Thanks.





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Check all the hard top bolts and make sure they’re snugged down. You don’t need to crank really hard on them or else you may crack or damage the top.

Also check the latches for the freedom panels to make sure they’re secured.
 

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Because the body is flexing I always had that in my JK and it was irritating. Keep trying with the screws and freedom panels you might get it just right.
 

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First time Wrangler owner. I am getting a creaking or popping noise from my hardtop when I make a turn or hit a bump. Thinking my bolts may be too loose or too tight. Any experienced Wrangler owners have a fix for this, or is this normal? Thanks.
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I have the exact same issue!!!! annoying as [email protected]@@ have a 2014 and it never ever creeked!
 

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Hello. First time JL Sahara owner as well. I’ve been tracking these down since I had 200 miles on the car. By removing the 2 front freedom panels and apply a thin layer of lithium grease, they are quiet now.

If you loosen all latches and reseat, then start passenger side first, from the large front latch, then move to inside rear latch, front inside latch, then rear outboard latch (think like tightening lug nuts). Do the same with the drivers side latches. If you continue to get noise, try to push on the center seal between the panels. That was my issue. I went back and added lithium grease and so far so good. It’s not perfect and you’ll get a creak on occasion pulling in to a driveway, but that may be the unavoidable reality of a top that has to flex against a number of seals at the same time.

I’ve also had noise issues other places: drivers dash pad and rear glass. (Let me know if you want more details)

Let me know your progress. Thanks!
 
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Would a thin felt gasket under the hardtop help where it meets the Jeep? I feel like my noises are coming from the area where the 3 dolts are on each side.
 

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If the hardtop is thinner, it could be the hardtop material itself and be unfixable.
 

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♂ Unfortunately this is me too! I heard the creaking he first night me and my wife were driving our new Jeep out for a quick bite to eat. There’s nothing in my Jeep but I do notice going over bumps or where the Jeep is flexing, we can hear it. I will definitely check the screws for the top. And unfortunately this is another added things to check on when I go to the dealer.
 

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Unfortunately a certain amount of flex noise from the hard top is likely unavoidable, especially as they have shed weight.
 

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Because the body is flexing I always had that in my JK and it was irritating. Keep trying with the screws and freedom panels you might get it just right.
I was having minor issues but yesterday in the cold as I left my driveway it creaked really bad. At first it seemed to be coming from just on latch, now it sounds like the whole middle divider between each top is making a big creak. Small vibrations were casing creaks but putting the tops off and on again fixed the minor creaks. Any suggestions?
 

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old thread but wanted to weigh in. Now that it's "colder" in california, the creaking has gotten worse. I'll probably lube all the seals as people mentioned once it warms up. It seemed to help the freedom panels...
 

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Yeah, the colder it gets, the more they creak. Lube up the seals, it should help a lot.
 

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2d or 4d? 2d they are having problems with the drain tube cover on the inner bpost and for either 2d or 4d i think i saw someone say it already, but add "grease" (i usually use vasaline) to the seals where the targas meet the hard top across the top of the bpost
 

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