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I have wasted so much time troubleshooting a noise coming from front passenger door. spent multiple weeks ripping out the seat, corner dash, door panels, headliner trim, and inserts. In the process I have learned a lot about the door assembly :). Problem found; it was the coins inside the organizer i had placed inside armrest. I found the source when I road as a passenger when the noise transferred to driver side front door. amazing how the noise can travel. word of advice, if you hear noise/rattling, remove everything that didn't come with the car when you purchased new :) I was blaming the build quality but my ear was playing tricks.
 

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Your quite correct. When my Niro was 6 months old I had a buzzing noise I thought was coming from behind the dash. I thought I removed everything but when I picked up the car from the dealer they said it was the garage door opener I had clipped to the sun visor. They told me to drive home with it my pocket and sure enough, that was the cause of the noise. Glad they were nice enough not to charge me.
 

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Your quite correct. When my Niro was 6 months old I had a buzzing noise I thought was coming from behind the dash. I thought I removed everything but when I picked up the car from the dealer they said it was the garage door opener I had clipped to the sun visor. They told me to drive home with it my pocket and sure enough, that was the cause of the noise. Glad they were nice enough not to charge me.
nobody could have guessed the garage door opening.
 

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I have wasted so much time troubleshooting a noise coming from front passenger door. spent multiple weeks ripping out the seat, corner dash, door panels, headliner trim, and inserts. In the process I have learned a lot about the door assembly :). Problem found; it was the coins inside the organizer i had placed inside armrest. I found the source when I road as a passenger when the noise transferred to driver side front door. amazing how the noise can travel. word of advice, if you hear noise/rattling, remove everything that didn't come with the car when you purchased new :) I was blaming the build quality but my ear was playing tricks.
2018 PHEV. Have had a clunky rattle (low speed choppy rough road) since I purchased the car in may. Took it in for service and dealer people were very pleasant and efficient doing service but could not find source of rattle. Said it was probably some object I had in the rear. At home I removed everything I had in the car. Also removed rear deck over the battery and plastic battery cover. Had someone in rear seat said sound coming from area of RR wheel. Still a rattle, no change. Service had it on the lift. I've been under the car. Can't find anything loose. Drivin me bats.
 

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I have wasted so much time troubleshooting a noise coming from front passenger door. spent multiple weeks ripping out the seat, corner dash, door panels, headliner trim, and inserts. In the process I have learned a lot about the door assembly :). Problem found; it was the coins inside the organizer i had placed inside armrest. I found the source when I road as a passenger when the noise transferred to driver side front door. amazing how the noise can travel. word of advice, if you hear noise/rattling, remove everything that didn't come with the car when you purchased new :) I was blaming the build quality but my ear was playing tricks.
Roger that. Very similar experience, but mine was sunglasses that shifted position in overhead compartment. Very difficult to aurally isolate location, and we were banging on dashboard etc. to try to change or stop it. My wife who was on the passenger side eventually found it, and we rejoiced that the 3-month old car was not a noise-lemon. Have to admit that we were starting to blame Kia, though. :+/
 
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I found a loose nut on the rear roof spoiler on my Touring model this weekend. Closed the hatch and heard a rattle, shook the spoiler and one side was loose. Took off the rubber plug inside the hatch and tightened the nut with a deep 10mm socket.

Rattle found!
 

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I found a loose nut on the rear roof spoiler on my Touring model this weekend. Closed the hatch and heard a rattle, shook the spoiler and one side was loose. Took off the rubber plug inside the hatch and tightened the nut with a deep 10mm socket.

Rattle found!
KIA knows about loose spoiler nuts in 2017 & 2018 models. They will tighten the nuts and put some Locktite on it, as they did on my 2017 model under warranty.
 
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