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Old 09-01-2008, 11:01 AM   #1
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Question 2008 Suburban rear window noise


I have another little issue with my new 2008 Suburban. I hooked up the Airstrem and headed out over the labor day weekend. Everything was fine, except when the trailer is in tow there is a strange noise coming from the rear door/window. A squeaking sound mixed with I think wind noise. It starts at around 45mph. It comes and goes. There is no noise when the trailer is not in tow. I discovered on my way home pulling the trailer if I pull in behind an 18 wheeler that the noise stops. But when I pull over to the other lane it starts again. So I suspect that the turbulence between the rear of the Suburban and the trailer causes the rear window to buffet somewhat causing the noise. When I am behind the 18 wheeler I am not getting the direct airflow so it stops. The door seems tight but the rear window is a solid piece of glass that closes on a rubber gasket. You can push on the left side I get movement. The right side is pretty tight. The only other thing back there is the rear wiper. When not in use it sits on a support and is loose and could rattle around.

Has anyone with a 2007 or 2008 GM or Suburban experienced this. Thanks
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:33 PM   #2
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Its called the Liftglass

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strange noise coming from the rear door/window. A squeaking sound mixed with I think wind noise.
I found out that the proper term from GM is "Liftglass". But I did not find anything elese on this subject, yet.

By opening the "Liftdoor" and crawling in the back I can see that the liftglass when closed is not as tight on the gasket on the drivers side at the bottom as it is on the passenger side. You can actually push easy on the corner and see light. This does not happen on the other side. So the turbulence while towing must be effecting this. I don't see anyway to adjust this but I am sure there is. I guess its back to the dealer.

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Old 09-02-2008, 04:50 PM   #3
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Just curious..

How does the new Suburban tow your Airstream? Did'nt you have a 1/2 ton suburban?

Did you get the transmission cooler installed?
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:10 PM   #4
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How does the new Suburban tow your Airstream? Did'nt you have a 1/2 ton suburban?

Did you get the transmission cooler installed?
I previously had a 2004 Suburban 1500,1/2 ton standard engine and rear end.which handled all of my towing needs just fine. It came equipped with the aux transmission cooler. The 2008 Suburban is also a 1500, 1/2 ton same engine and rear end and it also tows my 31' A/S very well. It did not come with the aux transmission cooler but I will probably have that installed soon.

I hope that someone with a 2007/2008 GM, Tahoe or Suburban will post their experience with towing and the wind noise from the liftglass.

Thanks Don
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To verify if it is the glass or wiper, place a small piece of foam between the window and gasket, then take the trailer for a ride. If the noise goes awy, it was the window.
If it doesn't go away, you can remove the rear wiper arm and drive around with the trailer again.
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I took some clear packaging tape and taped the left bottom corner of the liftgalss to the door in two places. This conpressed the glass to the gasget and would not let it buffet back and forth. I then pulled the trailer at at various speeds up to 65 mph, no noise. So I then removed the tape and pulled the trailer and the noise strarted at around 50 mph.

So it is the liftglass that needs adjusting. Let me see what the dealer has to say and I will follow up.

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Old 09-03-2008, 05:21 PM   #7
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Sorry to say Chevy make some good vehicles but they always seem to have little problems like this... Man I wish they would get it together the first time....
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I am having the exact same problem with my 2008 Suburban 2500 2WD. The wind noise from the lift glass on the driver's side starts at about 55 MPH and only when towing my Airstream. I have an appointment at the local Chevy dealer this week. I'll post what they say...
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I can't say for sure that our body shop has done any adjustments for this concern on the 08's, but we have done so on other Burbs with the liftgate/opening window option. The Dealer will address it under warranty.

It would be hard to confirm the problem without the AS in tow, but don't let them blow you off because you don't have it hooked up. As stated, you can demonstrate it by closing the glass on a sheet of paper in the effected area, if it pulls out with little resistance, it needs to be adjusted.
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I took my Suburban to the local Chevy dealer today regarding the wind noise problem. When I told the Customer Service rep about this forum and that another Suburban owner had the same issue, he responded that "it sounds like an Airstream problem to me." I told him that it also ocurred when towing other trailers, not just Airstreams. Then I took out my small, hand-held digital tape recorder and played the noise for him. His response was "yeah, I guess you can't just turn up your radio for that one."

I got a call from him late this afternoon saying they couldn't duplicate the problem. I again told him that it only happens when towing. His response was "yeah, you have the evidence on tape. We're going to keep your car overnight and talk to the engineers back East tomorrow. They may have a solution for us." I'll post again tomorrow...
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I took my Suburban to the local Chevy dealer today regarding the wind noise problem. When I told the Customer Service rep about this forum and that another Suburban owner had the same issue, he responded that "it sounds like an Airstream problem to me."
I guess that is why I have not taken mine back to the dealer yet, I had a feeling that would be the response. Glad to see you have the recording. The only thing I have that indicated to me that is was wind turbulence was what I said in my org post.

" discovered on my way home pulling the trailer if I pull in behind an 18 wheeler that the noise stops. But when I pull over to the other lane it starts again. So I suspect that the turbulence between the rear of the Suburban and the trailer causes the rear window to buffet somewhat causing the noise. When I am behind the 18 wheeler I am not getting the direct airflow so it stops."

I hope your dealer and the GM engineers solve this. I can then go to my dealer and say call these people. Thanks for your help.

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same problem - 2007 suburban

We have the 2007 3/4 ton 4wd suburban and have noticed the same noise. We have towed with it only twice so I was not really sure where it was coming from. Thanks for the lead so I can nag our dealer next visit.
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When searching the internet I came across a GM bulletin entitled "Windnoise from Rear of Vehicle/Liftgate Glass." It is Technical Service Bulletin #06-08-66-012C and was issued on July 31, 2007. It states the following condition: "Some customers may comment on excessive windnoise coming from the rear of the vehicle, expecially when trailering."

The correction as noted in the bulletin is to (1) replace seal, (2) replace stop bumpers and (3) replace rear glass. A liftgate latch adjustment may also be necessary.

I called my dealer with the info this morning. They pulled the bulletin up on their system and ordered all of the parts for my Suburban. The rear glass has to come from Michigan by ground transportation due to its size. It is supposed to come in sometime next week.

I'll post again after they have done the work and let you know the result.
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Talked to our BS mgr, about the wind noise concern. We have corrected all but one with an adjustment of the lift glass. Of course the factory pays the dlr a lot less if no parts are replaced. Point of interest..If you have an independent body shop with a good rep stop by and get a second opinion.
I'm curious as to why the dealer is in the dark about the problem.

If I close the window on my 06 with a 1/2 pad of post-it notes stuck under it, wonder of wonders I got the noise too.....
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