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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Rattle that sounds like my Pilot is made out of plastic?

Guys, I have been chasing a rattle for a long time and cannot figure it out.

This rattle sounds like there is a box full of plastic parts in the back seat. It only occurs when I go over a bunch of medium size bumps. There is a road near my work where there are a bunch of bumps spaced about 2 ft apart and I hit them at about 45mph and can hear the rattle. It sounds like it is coming from somewhere inside the cabin towards the rear, but I cannot be sure, it could be coming from anywhere - very hard to tell.
Here is what I have tried so far:
- removed the rear seats
- removed rear passenger door panel (thought it was coming from there)
- removed the tire jack assembly
- buckled seat belts
- checked exhaust heat shields
- tightened the rear hatch and spare tire
- removed everything from console and door pockets
- fixed rear shock assembly (see my fix here: Rattle from the right rear)
- replaced all sway bar links

Basically, when I go over a bunch of bumps, it sounds like my Pilot is made out of plastic. Does anyone else have this problem?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 11:16 AM
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Check heat shields under the bottom first comes to mind. If you had a passenger in the rear seat, would it do the same thing? A passenger might help to locate the source.

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Buckle up all the seat belts. I've had vans and SUVs where the outboard belts hit up against the C & D pillars, causing an annoying racket.
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Thanks for the suggestions, but I've checked those as well. I edited the OP so its in there now.
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Did you check the secret compartment under the carpeting in the rear cargo area?


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Did you check the secret compartment under the carpeting in the rear cargo area?
Yes, I've removed the rear compartment door completely and all the headrests.
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Did you remove the rear side panel? How about tailgate panel?


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Rear license plate or license plate holder loose?

Brake light, reverse light bulb, or tailgate interior light bulb fell out of the socket?

If EX or EX-L model loose subwoofer?

Rear windshield wiper spring with loss of tension?

Tailgate spoiler loose?

I'm just throwing out some random ideas . . . Hopefully one of them is the cause of the rattles.

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