2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Interior Rattle Remedy
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 20, 2015
I'm accustomed to a few of the noises our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk makes. From the intermittent rumble at low-speed deceleration that we've experienced since day one to the light plastic-on-plastic squeak the steering wheel makes when you crank it while stationary. Over the weekend, I found a new noise from the rear cargo area.
But this one I was able to fix.
While driving on lightly bumpy roads, I heard a rattle from what sounded like the rear roof area. After listening to it for a day, I put on my Mr. Fix It hat and popped open the cargo hatch. Everything looked normal and I didn't see any loose parts floating around. So I started tapping panels to see if I could replicate the sound.
After playing the cooler/warmer game for a minute or two, I found I could reproduce the rattle by tapping around the fuse panel on the driver side, the one that holds a very handy flashlight. I removed the cover and looked at the tabs. None were bent or broken, and nothing appeared to be rattling inside.
I put the cover back on, carefully pressing in each tab correctly, and then took the Renegade for a test drive. The rattle was gone.
Lesson learned: If you remove the fuse panel cover in the cargo area, be sure to take care when reinstalling it.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor