AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Ford Changes Door Design to Stop Wind Noise

September 4th, 2008 at 10:36am

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Ford is going to change the way it designs the front doors on its cars and trucks, all in the interest of reducing wind noise.

For a couple of decades now Ford has used what it calls a limo-style door design, where the front door actually covers the outside of the A-pillar. It provides a good, clean look to a vehicle.

But when you’re driving, as the wind comes off the sides of the windshield, air can get diverted into the leading edge of the A-pillar. And if the seal on the door is off by even the slightest amount, you can get wind noise.

So Ford is changing the design so that when the front door closes, its tucked into the side of the car, behind the A-pillar. So as air comes off the sides of the windshield, it just wraps around the side of the car, and that greatly cuts down on any potential wind noise.

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2 Comments to “AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Ford Changes Door Design to Stop Wind Noise”

  1. Tom Martin Says:

    I like the change.

    I also hope Ford incorporates more mirrors that are hindged. Right now, I won’t consider most Ford or Toyota vehicles due to their fixed door mirrors.

  2. Ken Says:

    Just got windshield replaced on 2007 Ford Explorer. Must be wrong style windshield because wind noise driving on freeway is loud! Will have to call glass repair to put in a different windshield. Wish me luck.