2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Wind Noise
October 05, 2011
Get our 2012 Ford Explorer XLT up to 65 or 70 mph and it'll start to emit a reedy flatulent thrumming noise from the lower passenger side corner of the windshield.
How can I be so sure about the exact location?
For one, reedy noises are not consistent with normal air flow over the body and mirror housings. I ruled out the wipers by observing no change in the noise after running them back and forth a few times.
A quick look-see turned up a couple likely-looking (read: large and unsightly) gaps near the bottom of the passenger side a-pillar garnish. A few strategic strips of painter's tape put a stop to the discordant music, so the problem lies somewhere beneath.
I planned to peel strips away, one at a time, to localize it further, but traffic got bad and I could no longer get up to speed. I returned the keys to the board but forgot to tell the next driver about my little experiment. Inevitably, someone peeled the unsightly tape clean off.
No problem. I have lots more. I'll zero in on the area in short order and take it to our local dealer for repair. I only hope it's an assembly problem instead of a design problem.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,312 miles