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Hi to everyone. Recently got an Seltos S and experienced rear rattle and knocking noises driving over bumps and road imperfections, even now and then breaking and accelerating.
Turned out to be these two things.
The minor one was the actual back hatch door. It doesnt seem to move when you try it by hand but did when driving. I just applied a few layers of good electrical tape on the hard plastic wedges on the door/hatch.
This below.
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The other was the rear 40 section of the split 60/40 back seats. I suppose either side could do it but it was my smaller 40 section that was doing it. If you tried to move it by hand there was no sound, but again on the road it drove me mad. I got some good sticky 3M leather type adhesive, cleaned all the grease off of the catch area then stuck it on where the catch would contact. I feel the culprit my be the spring loaded bit inside the latch itself but either way it shut it up completely. No knock or rattles at all now.
Here is the latch catch area, you can see the stuff I put on it. Any good tape should do it really.
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Hope this helps out anyone elses who may experience these noises.
If you do hear something just drop the seat forward one at a time, have a little drive to determine which one.
Cheers. :)
 

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THese kinds of posts are very helpful....thanks
 

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THese kinds of posts are very helpful....thanks
Not a problem. I had a car several years ago that did simliar. It drove me crazy for about a year. It too was a seat catch. Thanks for the thanks. (y)
 

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Ok people. Heard another knock, knock, knock. Buy not on the actual road. I like fishing and fossicking here in Australia so go on some dirt roads now and then to do so. Nothing bad that any normal car could not go on. But on the dirt ones I started to hear it. It sounded more hollow than the first which was from the 40 split rear seat section, more like an outside the car knock. But, when I dropped the 60 section of the rear seat it stopped. Crazy, sounded like an outside knock but was the other side of the split rear seats. Some more leather tape and its silent.
I read elsewhere that Lukosilk which is a fabric type that is available in almost every Chemist (Here in OZ are Chemists, in US called Drug Stores) is also great as a sound deadener for this issue and used.
So dont be fooled if you hear a knock and think its external! First port of call drop each seat and listen. Also try the rear hatch and rear passenger doors I hear too.
Hope this stops some future hair pull out issues.
Cheers all.
 

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I have a rather lovely buzz at times / certain roads, sounds like its coming from right in front of you on dash... Was hoping a new car would avoid that!
 

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I have a rather lovely buzz at times / certain roads, sounds like its coming from right in front of you on dash... Was hoping a new car would avoid that!
Not sure if it's the same sound you're experiencing, but I was having a fine crackling sound from the front. It took a while to localize it, but I finally realized it was leaves under the hood a little bit in front of the wipers.

I've also had the issue with the knocking noise from the rear. I was very thankful to find this post, as it did turn out to be the rear seat latches :)
 

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Nice, that's what these forums are for, to help each other... We're driving to car so little with COVID that I'll have to keep my ears open... It's minor, and only on certain road surfaces, I think...no major noises so far. DT
 

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I think my problem was part of the dashcam power cord that wasn't secured...I fixed that! Waiting to get it permanently installed after this COVID stuff calms down. I was really impressed by the organization and how things are very ship shape and neat under the dash. My back is almost recovered......
 

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Jon - finally tracking this down. Could you listen to this 30 second audio clip - it appears to be from the left rear seat but only when it's in the upright position - if it's reclined back, or folded all the way down I dont' hear it. I have tried some Gorilla Tape already per your suggestion - I'll let the service guys take a look later this week when it goes in for 2 recalls...
 

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Jon - finally tracking this down. Could you listen to this 30 second audio clip - it appears to be from the left rear seat but only when it's in the upright position - if it's reclined back, or folded all the way down I dont' hear it. I have tried some Gorilla Tape already per your suggestion - I'll let the service guys take a look later this week when it goes in for 2 recalls...
Hi. Yeah that'd drive me mad. Was how mine both sides sounded. Stopped one then a week or so later the other started. The other side took a bit more tape to shut it up. Ran out of that leather look stuff so just did several wraps of insulation tape.
Now and then when im going fishing and on a dirt track, going down hill, never up, I hear a little vibration type tickety tick from the seat catch area. Nothing like the knock and I can live with it as it only happens in that situation, but im convinced that this one is from the catch mechanism itself, spring or whatever part of it. Iv had a look but cant figure it out. If When its all in place and I knock the back of the seat a few quick times with my hand I can hear it, but cant tell excatly which part is doing it. I can live with that one if it stays that way but that constant knock everywhere I drove no way. Have you had someone sit in that seat whilst you drive to see if it stops, or sit in the back on the opposite side?
Stupid question as you probably have.
2 recalls, that seriously sucks. All I seem to hear and read about these days is recalls on cars from all manufacturers. Fire risks, brake issues, power steering faults, transmissions, air bags killing people.... doesn't say much for modern car manufacturing does it.
Good luck getting it all sorted.
 

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Thanks - I do have a neighbor who is great all around renaissance man and he helped me with the Santa Fe that I traded in for the Seltos. One of the two problems in that car was under one of the rear seats. The seat cushion was hitting on the metal spring under the seat and making a twanging sound. that was South by just inserting some weather stripping between the cushion bottom and the spring.

I wanted to look under the seltos rear seats but you cannot get under the rear seats in that car. I took everything including the storage cover out of the car and yesterday was having a hard time recreating the noise. It is so frustrating. The dealers are generally not much help with these situations. And you're right, Kia needs to get their act together about the engine fires etc. they are as bad or worse than other manufacturers at this point.

well at least it gives me something to do in my old age here. thanks for responding.

Hey, since we share a mutual intense frustration at unnecessary noises in the car, here is a 38 second video on YouTube that I uploaded with that 2020 Santa Fe that I mentioned. This problem was a clicking noise from the center dashboard, especially in cool and colder weather. The dealer could never fix it and I sold the car like that. in this video we had taken out the row of buttons for the heated seats you can see the wire hanging down. we were thinking that part was the culprit. But the clicking continued even with that part removed! Talk about frustrating.
 

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Thanks - I do have a neighbor who is great all around renaissance man and he helped me with the Santa Fe that I traded in for the Seltos. One of the two problems in that car was under one of the rear seats. The seat cushion was hitting on the metal spring under the seat and making a twanging sound. that was South by just inserting some weather stripping between the cushion bottom and the spring.

I wanted to look under the seltos rear seats but you cannot get under the rear seats in that car. I took everything including the storage cover out of the car and yesterday was having a hard time recreating the noise. It is so frustrating. The dealers are generally not much help with these situations. And you're right, Kia needs to get their act together about the engine fires etc. they are as bad or worse than other manufacturers at this point.

well at least it gives me something to do in my old age here. thanks for responding.

Hey, since we share a mutual intense frustration at unnecessary noises in the car, here is a 38 second video on YouTube that I uploaded with that 2020 Santa Fe that I mentioned. This problem was a clicking noise from the center dashboard, especially in cool and colder weather. The dealer could never fix it and I sold the car like that. in this video we had taken out the row of buttons for the heated seats you can see the wire hanging down. we were thinking that part was the culprit. But the clicking continued even with that part removed! Talk about frustrating.
Just listened to it. I utterly hate knock and rattle sounds. I get it in old cars, get it by saying ok they are old, but new ones I hate with a passion. I had before the Seltos a Nissan X Trail, think they were called Rogue in the US. I had a knock sound in the rear I could never find. Was nuts in our Summer but quiet in our Winter. Had the X Trail for 6 yrs. In Summer I played the music loud to drown it out, was all I could do. Also had click now and then sounds from the Dash.
To be honest if I had to choose right now, id choose my Seltos sounds. The X Trail had me nearly on Valium it was that annoying.
Oh for the days of older cars. Had here in Oz a Holden Panel Van that never made a single noise, then a Ford XE that was brilliant. But after steeping into these modern cars....its hair pulling stuff noise and recall wise. Yeah tech wise we may have gone forward but overall quality.....its a joke.
Again, I really hope you find the issue. Mine is now the Transmission not engaging several times a month and about the same number of times the Cruise not doing so.
Modern cars...pffftttt. I say. Good luck mate.
 

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Hi to everyone. Recently got an Seltos S and experienced rear rattle and knocking noises driving over bumps and road imperfections, even now and then breaking and accelerating.
Turned out to be these two things.
The minor one was the actual back hatch door. It doesnt seem to move when you try it by hand but did when driving. I just applied a few layers of good electrical tape on the hard plastic wedges on the door/hatch.
This below.
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The other was the rear 40 section of the split 60/40 back seats. I suppose either side could do it but it was my smaller 40 section that was doing it. If you tried to move it by hand there was no sound, but again on the road it drove me mad. I got some good sticky 3M leather type adhesive, cleaned all the grease off of the catch area then stuck it on where the catch would contact. I feel the culprit my be the spring loaded bit inside the latch itself but either way it shut it up completely. No knock or rattles at all now.
Here is the latch catch area, you can see the stuff I put on it. Any good tape should do it really.
View attachment 442
Hope this helps out anyone elses who may experience these noises.
If you do hear something just drop the seat forward one at a time, have a little drive to determine which one.
Cheers. :)
 

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Simple fix. Great work.Thank you. What a shame that we as customers need to do this for satisfaction and to help KIA MOTORS out. W o W!
 

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Simple fix. Great work.Thank you. What a shame that we as customers need to do this for satisfaction and to help KIA MOTORS out. W o W!
Your welcome and yes I agree. We shouldn't be buying cars that rattle like these do when they are new. Fair enough an older car but not new.
Out of interest please, the front part of the bonnet/hood area that has the Kia logo, on yours if you look at it from different angles do you have ripples on either side of the KIA logo? Mine does as do many others here in Australia. Mine has 4 each side and I saw one the other day with 3 each side. Iv seen numerous others with them. Im in a discussion id put it with KIA here that its a manufacturing defect, one said no its supposed to be like that! Yeah sure, then how come some have 8 ripples and others 6! On many angles you dont see them but on others like in my picture you do.
Here's a picture of mine.
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No ripples as of yet Jon. Trying to stay optimistic. I usually never purchase a vehicle in first model run year.
 

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No ripples as of yet Jon. Trying to stay optimistic. I usually never purchase a vehicle in first model run year.
Hi. Mines the My21 version and made in July 2020 delivered at the start of September. The other in our town was purchased January 2020 so would have been a 2019 build. It to has 4 each side. The part is plastic. Last week trying to do a follow up at the dealers I saw one there, just delivered brand new no rego plates and it only has 3 each side of the logo. The service manager agrees it looks like a defect but the warranty guy wants me to think its how they designed it. I asked him "so mine and another in our town have 4 each side, 8 total, yet your new one has just 6. So did Kia decide it looks better with 6 now instead of 8 then?" He didn't know what to say.
If you haven't got them on yours you never will. Its a manufacturing defect from the Kia plant in Korea im convinced. Yours are made in Mexico im told.
Anyway, you stay safe n well there in the US and here's hoping you guys get that covid under control there.(y)
 

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Those ripples are terrible! Can't believe they won't fix it if I'm reading your note correctly. Just took a flashlight out to the garage to double check mine but it all seems fine.................... Oi................ Can it be escalated up the chain?

Biden is helping us get past COVID here... I'm 64 and wife is 68 and we've both had shot 1 of 2.....hohoho.
 

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Those ripples are terrible! Can't believe they won't fix it if I'm reading your note correctly. Just took a flashlight out to the garage to double check mine but it all seems fine.................... Oi................ Can it be escalated up the chain?

Biden is helping us get past COVID here... I'm 64 and wife is 68 and we've both had shot 1 of 2.....hohoho.
Hi. I started with them 1 month ago and was told by the manager that he saw it yes on 2 cars they had there and was onto it. But as a month went by I contacted them to find out what was going on and it was like they'd never been told. I think they wanted me to forget about it or something. I had even sent the pictures to them via email for the warranty guy to see. When I drove there he was like "oh this is the first I know about it!" They're either Dumb and Dumber Kia dealers or hoping id go away. I think a bit of both to be honest. Im ringing later today to find out more.
Good to hear you guys are getting your shots. Here is hoping you there get on top of this sooner than later. Stay well. (y)
 
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