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Wind noise on 2006 Kia Sedona

I have a whistling noise I believe is coming from the roof rack. I would like to take off the cross bars but the release to move them does not open enough to remove them. I think this would solve my noise problem.

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  1. Pull the covers off from the top front of both rails.They are only loosely clipped.
  2. Undo the 2 screws found at the front and the 3rd screw at the back end of this base piece.
  3. Remove the base.( the nuts are locked in on the roof)
  4. Do this boths sides and then simply release the adjusting clips and slide off.
  5. Replace bases and screws in original positions and push on covers.
Best with 2 people.One each side when sliding off the cross rails.

Solved! And it looks neater.

Howard

Posted on May 13, 2009

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We have the same wind noise on Sadona. Tried moving rack from front to back didn't matter. Anyone know what the problem is.

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TOU JUST HAVE TO MOVE THEM TO ANOTHER POSITION, I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM.

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