2002 Hardtop: LOTS of NOISE

Just bought a 2002 (First T-bird ever) and noice the hardtop has EXCESSIVE noise from the roof. When I went to buy it, it was OUTRAGEOUS, just noise constantly front to back. Told the salesman I couldn't buy it with that noise and he had his team "fix it", which they did. Still get some sound from the back, but figured, from the quality of the posts on this site, that there would be data on how to address this...Thanks!
 
Just bought a 2002 (First T-bird ever) and noice the hardtop has EXCESSIVE noise from the roof. When I went to buy it, it was OUTRAGEOUS, just noise constantly front to back. Told the salesman I couldn't buy it with that noise and he had his team "fix it", which they did. Still get some sound from the back, but figured, from the quality of the posts on this site, that there would be data on how to address this...Thanks!
I had the same problem with my 03 and installed the stainless trim for the back area where the hardtop rests on the body.Looks good to with top off.No problem since.
 

Bubblehog

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Just bought a 2002 (First T-bird ever) and noice the hardtop has EXCESSIVE noise from the roof. When I went to buy it, it was OUTRAGEOUS, just noise constantly front to back. Told the salesman I couldn't buy it with that noise and he had his team "fix it", which they did. Still get some sound from the back, but figured, from the quality of the posts on this site, that there would be data on how to address this...Thanks!
What kind of noise? Is it road noise, creaking noise, some of each? The most likely reason I can think of is that the hardtop fits loosely. The rear cam locks don’t have an easy adjustment, but there are some posts about that. If you hear creaking from the seal around the back, try some baby powder in the seal area. Make sure the cam locks are fully rotated to the locked position. Check also that the body side pin sockets on either side of the seats have the plastic blocks in place- plain black plastic on the driver side and electrical contacts for the heated rear window on the passenger side. The plastic blocks help lock down the hardtop.
 
Sometimes the HT is not latched down in the correct sequence by the seller because they are not aware of how to perform this easy task, especially if this car has been on a resale lot.
The HT after lowered to the car should have the rear latches brought to their center position ONLY. Then the bolts at the windshield header should be started into their receivers and turned until they are just getting snug. Next return to the rear latch & pull them to their full latched position. Return to the windshield header & tighten the bolts completely. The owner's manual also suggests that after a few driving times to check the windshield bolts for tightness. I have found that the bolts on my 05 have never loosened, remaining as tight as they were at install.

I have had my 05 since new, the HT goes on each late October & off again in late March. Over time as the car has aged some noise has developed.
 
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TXBluebird

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TXBluebird,
What happens when you remove the HT? Is there much residue to clean up? Does the Sil-Glyde gather & hold dirt particles?
I haven't removed the hardtop since I applied the Sil-Glyde, so I can't give you a full answer. When I first applied it and put the hardtop on, the exposed edge of the gasket did pick up some small leaves that stuck. I removed them with a microfiber and a little Meguiar's detailing spray. Since then, there's been no visible buildup. I'll try to remember to comment further when I take the top off for the summer in April. I store my top April-October. I suspect that if I apply a coat when I put it away, I won't need a fresh one when I put the top on in November.
 

Gus Gutz

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Thanks for the reply. I have heard of using baby powder in much the same way as you are using the Sil-Glyde
I heard you could use Vaseline petroleum gel. But others have said it may damage the seal. I have use it with no problem and it gets rid of the creaking. I also use a 3m plastic tape along the painted edge. I have very little top noise even on cold mornings when going over speed bumps.
 
Open cell weather stripping also does a great job. Inexpensive and peels off easily with minimal residue. Get the 1/2 inch width.
All of this information is great, and I'd like to thank all of the folks that posted this wealth of information. I just bought a 2002, and the hardtop does creak as I pull out of my driveway. If I use the weather stripping option, I'm assuming the the sticky side goes down directly on the paint and you just follow the curve of the body. Is that correct? Thanks!!
 
All of this information is great, and I'd like to thank all of the folks that posted this wealth of information. I just bought a 2002, and the hardtop does creak as I pull out of my driveway. If I use the weather stripping option, I'm assuming the the sticky side goes down directly on the paint and you just follow the curve of the body. Is that correct? Thanks!!
Correct
 
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