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Sunroof wind buffeting (wind throb) is horrible!

We FINALLY got a nice 70 degree day here in the Northeast so I decided to open my sunroof for the drive home. The wind buffeting/throb was unbearable... I had to crack the windows a bit to get it to stop. And by cracking the windows, it just added more wind noise in the cabin.
This is just a rant since there's probably no fix for this, except for opening the window.


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Old 04-22-2014, 02:07 PM
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Re: Sunroof wind buffeting (wind throb) is horrible!

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We FINALLY got a nice 70 degree day here in the Northeast so I decided to open my sunroof for the drive home. The wind buffeting/throb was unbearable... I had to crack the windows a bit to get it to stop. And by cracking the windows, it just added more wind noise in the cabin.
This is just a rant since there's probably no fix for this, except for opening the window.


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I started a post a few weeks ago asking if people thought the wind noise in the Jeep was a bit louder than other vehicles. I certainly think it is. I think the cloth wind screen on the sunroof is the worst part.

but buffeting/throb you describe is perfectly normal and happens on every vehicle with a sunroof. There is no "fix" other than cracking another window.

My favorite part of a Toyota 4runner is the power sliding rear glass. its perfect for this. If only other manufacturers would do this...
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Re: Sunroof wind buffeting (wind throb) is horrible!

I agree, I always get the pressure bubble sound effect unless I crack a window. My '02 JGC Ltd was the same.

Price of having a hole in the roof.
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Re: Sunroof wind buffeting (wind throb) is horrible!

I just use my roof as a skylight, bc the buffeting is down right irritating. My WJ barely buffets at all with the roof open, but it has the metal wind deflector.
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Re: Sunroof wind buffeting (wind throb) is horrible!

What I do is open it all the way then close it an inch or so. It greatly reduces the buffeting to where you don't need to crack a window.
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Re: Sunroof wind buffeting (wind throb) is horrible!

I agree. I have a 2014 GC and the buffeting sound can be unbearable, unless you crack a side window a bit.

I've never seen a cloth/mesh wind deflector before on a sunroof. Also, I've never had this degree of buffeting. Therefore, I believe the cloth deflector plays a part in the amount of buffeting.

Are there any after-market wind deflectors available? I've owned previous vehicles that have a hard plastic, often tinted, deflector that can be mounted externally that significantly cuts down on the buffeting.
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Re: Sunroof wind buffeting (wind throb) is horrible!

hmmmm,....was driving on I75 south today with my roof open and it was quieter than with just the sunroof on vent. I was pleasantly surprised...
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Re: Sunroof wind buffeting (wind throb) is horrible!

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I agree. I have a 2014 GC and the buffeting sound can be unbearable, unless you crack a side window a bit.

I've never seen a cloth/mesh wind deflector before on a sunroof. Also, I've never had this degree of buffeting. Therefore, I believe the cloth deflector plays a part in the amount of buffeting.

Are there any after-market wind deflectors available? I've owned previous vehicles that have a hard plastic, often tinted, deflector that can be mounted externally that significantly cuts down on the buffeting.
I only use the vent feature when the car is parked in the sun, never the full open roof, So I am curious. What is the problem with cracking a side window, if you already have the big hole in the roof open? It seems like a better solution than adding an aftermarket deflector.


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Re: Sunroof wind buffeting (wind throb) is horrible!

I have found that position of the rear seats (up vs down) and the use of the cover for the cargo area make bid differences is the amount of buffeting


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Re: Sunroof wind buffeting (wind throb) is horrible!

Pano full blast with the back windows cracked about an inch works for me.
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Re: Sunroof wind buffeting (wind throb) is horrible!

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What I do is open it all the way then close it an inch or so. It greatly reduces the buffeting to where you don't need to crack a window.
Funny you should say that, as on my landcruiser when i press the roof open button and glass opens it is very quiet at highway speeds with no buffeting or throbbing noise. HOWEVER, if i press and hold the roof button it opens up about another inch or so and it is a head hurting throb. Assume Toyota had a similar problem and fixed it by adjusting the limit switch slightly on the opening cycle to prevent the throb.
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What I do is open it all the way then close it an inch or so. It greatly reduces the buffeting to where you don't need to crack a window.
^^^^^^Worked perfectly when I gave it a shot today!
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