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The Ford Bronco’s Removable Roof Is A Sweet Feature, But It Comes With An Annoying Trait

It looks like the Ford Bronco’s removable roof comes with rattles and constant squeaks

It looks like the Ford Bronco’s removable roof comes with rattles and constant squeaks

As you may know, the 2021 Ford Bronco comes with removable roofs and doors. It seems like a pretty nifty feature on an off-roader, but the cons of having a ton of ‘moving’ parts over your head could lead to rattles. You wouldn’t expect it on a rugged off-roader, but the folks at ‘TFLNow’ have encountered this issue. They picked up a Ford Bronco recently and are facing squeaky noises from the roof. A video of the same is uploaded on YouTube, and it sure sounds pretty annoying!

Removable Roof With Squeaky Sounds

The Ford Bronco's Removable Roof Is A Sweet Feature, But It Comes With An Annoying Trait
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The Ford Bronco, in a bid to beat the Jeep Wrangler, came up with a myriad of drool-worthy features. Stuff like removable roofs and doors are pretty darn impressive, but as mentioned earlier, they are prone to rattles. There are some cars from (cough… Maruti Suzuki… cough) that are rattle-induced early in their lives, but even this $63,000 (approximately ₹46,83,500) Ford Bronco is going through the same.

The Ford Bronco's Removable Roof Is A Sweet Feature, But It Comes With An Annoying Trait
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The team tried to get to the root of this issue. When the roof panels were removed, the squeaky noise, that sound like corn popping, disappeared. So, they decided to put it back and see if the ‘turn-on-turn-off’ issue would make the sound disappear. It went down to an extent, but not completely.

The Removable Roof Is A Cool Feature

The Ford Bronco's Removable Roof Is A Sweet Feature, But It Comes With An Annoying Trait
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The removable roofs are different on the two-door and the four-door models. The two-door Broncos are offered only with a hardtop and come with a standard three-panel roof system – two over the occupants and one large panel for the rear. The ones over the occupants can be stored in the cargo area, but the bigger one will have to be left at home.

The four-door models have four removable roof sections as standard. These aren’t four same-sized quadrants, but are two panels over the front occupants, a full-width center panel, and a rear section. Although the arrangement seems quite similar to the Jeep Wrangler’s, Ford stresses the fact that the roof panels on both the Bronco models can be removed by one person by unlocking the latches from the interior.

How To Remove The Roof On The Bronco?

The Ford Bronco's Removable Roof Is A Sweet Feature, But It Comes With An Annoying Trait
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The process involves the use of Torx Plus 30, Torx Plus 50 tools. For the front panels, you just need to release a few latches and lift the roof. The rear ones, however, are comparatively complicated. This is the process, for your curious readers.

  • Step 1: Disconnect the electrical and washer hose connector located on the tailgate on the driver’s side.
  • Step 2: Remove the fastener from the top center of the roof using the Torx Plus 30 tool.
  • Step 3: Remove eight other fasteners using the Torx Plus 50 tool. Voila! The roof is now in your hands.

Final Thoughts

The Ford Bronco's Removable Roof Is A Sweet Feature, But It Comes With An Annoying Trait
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Removable roofs are a fun feature, but if that means you have to live with the constant rattle and squeaks throughout your ownership, it can get frustrating. Watch the video below (Timestamp 1:06 to hear the popcorn sounds) and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Senior Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
As a full-on enthusiast, Sidd has been active in the automotive world his entire life. He started reading about cars and trucks at the age of 5 and has attended and reported numerous auto shows and race events. Over the years, Sidd has become an expert among his peers, especially in the field of pickup trucks, and finds himself constantly wrapped up the day-to-day news and developments of the truck and sportscar world. In all honesty, Sidd’s love is divided between cars and trucks, music, and acting, but he manages to devote 100-percent of his heart to all three.  Read full bio
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