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Rattling/vibration noise I have a 2008 Toyota Rav 4, 6 cylinder, sport model and 4 WD. My Rav 4 does have a sunroof. There is an intermittent rattling/vibration noise that is coming from an area between the personal lights (map lights) and front edge of the sunroof. I have taken it to the dealer two times and both times, they were not able to reproduce the noise. If they cannot reproduce it, they can't do anything about it. Prior to my second visit to the dealership, I pointed out to them that when I open the sunroof the slightest amount (1 inch), the noise goes away. They still wouldn't do anything about. I called Toyota and their position is the same. It seems to me there is a problem with the wind deflector that is located at the front of the sunroof. The deflector is spring loaded and as the sunroof is closing, the force causes the deflector to come down flush with the sunroof opening. Has any owner of a 2008 Rav 4 and equipped with a sunroof experienced this annoying noise? Any solutions? Appreciate your input. Lou

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  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2009

    Sorry...no solution...but I have the same problem....ONLY my car is a 08 RAV4 Sport...2WD with NO sunroof....I notice this noise coming from the same area as you describe...(above rearview mirror/reading lights area). I have a feeling it probably has nothing to do with the sunroof. I have read other reviews on this vehicle and it seems that it is a common problem....likely a design flaw....Toyota doesn't seem to know how to remedy it unfortunately. I suppose that's when ya crank up the tunes! =)

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How old are your tires? The factory installed Geolandars are garbage. A broken radial belt in one of your front tires could be the culprit. A free, but labor intensive test is to raise one side of the car with 2 jacks, swap front and rear tires, then do the other side. See if the vibration and nois move to the back. If it does, then the problem is with the tire. Sometimes you can feel around the outer circumference of the tire and locate the bulge where the broken belt is. Hope this helps.

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