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Old 04-15-2019, 05:18 PM   #1
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whistling sound from window at highway speed

I've got a 2001 330ci that I have replaced just about every single gasket, seal, and rubber part on since I bought it. I replaced the weather stripping on both drivers and passengers doors shortly after I bought the car and it is still whistling like crazy when the windows are completely closed at highway speeds. Does anyone here have any solutions to create a better seal when the window is completely closed? The whistling sound is starting to bug me.
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:42 AM   #2
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Do the windows go up that last 1/2 when you close the door? Are you sure the noise is coming from the windows?
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:38 AM   #3
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Yes, the windows go up another 1/2" or so when the door is closed. Not sure if the window itself needs to be adjusted or tightened on the track inside the door or what? Yes, it's definitely coming from the window/ seal.
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Old 04-16-2019, 12:33 PM   #4
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If you can't tell where it's coming from you could try shimming different areas from the inside to see where pressure is needed to get a full seal

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Old 04-16-2019, 12:59 PM   #5
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Or use tape to cover things.

Mine had a damaged mirror mount. It didn't really show from the outside,
but when I took it apart, the mounts were bent slightly. A little hammer
and dolly work, a bit of filing of the mirror itself, and it sits back inside
the trim line, and doesn't whistle.

I found it by taping over seams until the noise went away, then
taking the tape off again in the reverse order until it came back.
Yes, it's a pain in the ass to climb over the center console, and yes,
I drove around with tape on the outside of the mirror mount for longer
than I'd care to admit...

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Old 04-16-2019, 01:24 PM   #6
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Ahh, TobyB, I am almost certain that my mirror mount is damaged. I will take it apart and have a look. Thanks for the feedback.

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Old 04-16-2019, 01:27 PM   #7
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You can also park your car in the garage, turn on the car to the 1st position (Don't start the car). Turn on the fan on full, step out the car and close the door.

Now while the fan is blowing on the inside of the car and you are outside of the car, you can feel around the window area for flowing air. If it's dead quiet, you might even hear a slight whistle.

Hope this helps!
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Hey Ice, I tried your suggestion and could not hear any air escaping around the weather stripping. Hmmm
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