by Jen Davis
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Wind noise in a Jeep Wrangler is caused by a removable soft top or hard top that does not seal properly with the truck body (remember that some amount of wind and road noise is considered normal for these vehicles). Noise can occur over time or be the result of superior installation or poor adjustment. There are several ways to minimize the amount of wind noise you hear while driving your Jeep Wrangler. Whether you can eliminate the noise depends on the age and condition of both your Jeep and its roof.
Carefully inspect your hardtop or soft top. Check for cracks, tears, and other defects that allow air to flow under the top to create additional noise. Pay particular attention to the clips that hold the soft top to the vehicle body. A broken clip can cause the entire top to flap, creating significant wind noise.
Check the fit of your Jeep’s hood. One key to reducing wind shear noise in a Jeep is to make sure the hood is as tight as possible to the vehicle. The older a top is, especially with soft top, the more likely it has been stretched or warped to create a gap or area where the wind can cause the top to shake or make noise.
Repair damaged areas on the lid. Patch the holes with a patch designed for the material.
Replace the weather stripping. Old weatherstripping can cause additional wind noise by not allowing the top to seal properly. Remove all old weather stripping and replace with new weather stripping, which you can find at your local auto parts store along with the appropriate adhesive. The location of the weatherstripping will vary depending on whether you have a TJ, YJ, CJ, or JK Wrangler, as well as the model and type of roof you have. In most cases, there will be weatherstripping at the front of the top where it meets the windshield for a soft top, and around the edges of the hard top.
Replace the upper part with a new one, if necessary. In some cases, a hood may need to be replaced to significantly reduce wind noise. To avoid wind noise in the future, take good care of your new roof and maintain it to the best of your ability. A hardtop and hard doors are not as loud as a zippered soft top or partial doors. Consider upgrading to a hardtop if wind noise is really bothering you. However, keep in mind that a replacement hardtop and hardtop doors are significantly more expensive than a new softtop and may not completely stop the noise.
Drive your Jeep Wrangler at lower speeds. Higher speeds create more wind shear noise.
- To reduce wind noise and extend the life of your roof, try to avoid frequent removal and replacement.