I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed this, but when I'm driving in high wind, open areas, the gas door will rattle and it's very audible inside the car. I'm aware that the gas door locks itself as well. However, I can slightly pull at the gas door and release it, while locked, and I'm able to duplicate the rattle noise. Something tells me this was overlooked during the wind tunnel tests.
Im sure its possible to put a small buffer to stop it doing this, you can buy small flexible rubber/plastic ones from the DIY store that they stick on kitchen unit doors to stop them clanking when they close, they are about 6mm diameter, maybe something along those lines will cure your problem? They only cost a few pence.
Unless in your case theres something wrong with the spring mechanism on the hinge that holds it close, its been sprained maybe?
The spring is fine except that it does feel like it's on the weak side. But it's identical compared to the loaner I had. One thing I did notice was three small indentations where it looks like they had originally planned to place rubber bumpers but didn't for whatever reason. If I ever find something that looks like it could fit, I'll give it a shot.
Nice to know about the new spec of the Countryman new model.I like this Gas Door Rattle.It a great option in Mini.I like it.I used this part in My Mini Cooper to modifying it into a new style.I think its a better option for me.Its an experiment so see how it works.
Its cost, they will delete something that may only cost 0.1p per car, but they, well their accountants look at that times 1 million and thats extra cash saved to go towards their Christmas banquet and bonuses.
So if they think they can get away without it they will unless lots and lots of folk start complaining.
I have more to add to my findings....... just when you thought the rattling was put to rest. On a whim, and because my friend is a cleaning fanatic, he offered to clean and wax my car. After thoroughly cleaning a waxing it, with a power waxer I might add, I decided to go on a drive and enjoy it. No sooner did I get on the interstate, I hear an intense rattling. This is the same rattle I heard before but far worse. I immediately pulled over and started to pull and tug on various parts on the car to see where the noise was coming from. To my surprise, I started to pull at the rear bumper from underneath, and it easily moved. I decided to have a closer look underneath, and there are absolutely no fasteners holding the bumper together underneath......... not a single one. There are holes where the fasteners should be, but absolutely no fasteners. I immediately called up my local dealer, and of course they neither answered or returned my call. For the time being, I purchased a set of fasteners from the local Auto Zone to help keep it together.
I have to admit that I'm starting to get disappointed with this new countryman. Not only has it had a brand new transmission installed in less than a month (which still surges by the way), there are missing fasteners on the rear bumper. It makes me wonder what else is missing or wrong with it.
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