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Today in Wisconsin it was finally nice out. So I took my king cab Titan to a touchless car wash to get the salt off. When I started going through the air drier, I heard a loud bang. My heart dropped, and I quicly pulled forward.

I got out of my truck and everything looked ok. I realized it must have been the air pressure that made the roof flex and make a popping sound.

When I place my hand on the roof of the king cab, I can push and it flexes quite easily. It is almost like it should have another support internally. It almost felt as thin as a soda can.

Being Sunday, I quickly drove to a dealer to check another Titan out. It seemed to be the same. Has anyone else noticed this? Needless to say I wont be going through an air dry carwash again. Please check yours out and let me know your opinions. A crew cab coud be different.

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The Frontiers are the same way, unless you have the one with the roof rack. With the rack they put some type of support structure in the roof for loads that will be on the rack. I know mine (with rack) is alot more solid than a coworkers without (roof rack).
 

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joeandmaria said:
Today in Wisconsin it was finally nice out. So I took my king cab Titan to a touchless car wash to get the salt off. When I started going through the air drier, I heard a loud bang. My heart dropped, and I quicly pulled forward.

I got out of my truck and everything looked ok. I realized it must have been the air pressure that made the roof flex and make a popping sound.

When I place my hand on the roof of the king cab, I can push and it flexes quite easily. It is almost like it should have another support internally. It almost felt as thin as a soda can.

Being Sunday, I quickly drove to a dealer to check another Titan out. It seemed to be the same. Has anyone else noticed this? Needless to say I wont be going through an air dry carwash again. Please check yours out and let me know your opinions. A crew cab coud be different.

Joe
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I noticed the same thing today and I'm not going threw those type of car washs any more. I'll use ones with a differant drying system.
 

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joeandmaria said:
I would hope they would be sturdy enough to withstand the air pressure of a carwash though?
Lord, I certainly HOPE so...I've put mine through a similar wash five times in the two weeks I've had it, and I hear the usual commotion on the roof during the forced air dry (my Frontier w/roof rack always sounded like hell breaking loose at that point) but it never occurred to me that it might dent the roof...I would imagine all contemporary trucks and SUVs have thinner sheetmetal and plenty go through the wash every day...now I'll be paranoid! :rolleyes:

Let's hope we get some feedback from Yeti on this-he owns a car wash, and was very helpful with advice in the 'Car Wash Vs. Do-It -Yourself' thread, currently on page 4 of the forum...
 

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All vehicles use the same metal nowadays. Its the cheapest way too do it, and it passes safety laws. Its thin!! I know cause i deliver it. I deliver for peice of **** dodge. LOL All sheetmetal for any vehicle is the same except for hummer. its alittle thicker but not much. Its just braced huge. A car wash will not dent your hood. Dont worry about it. Might sound like hell fire, but your safe in there.
 

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When I went through the touch-free "laser" wash, I heard a metal fatigue squeal (kind of like the noise a ship's hull makes on tv) when the blow dryer came on. It was at night and I looked the next day but didn't see any damage. The other thing I noticed was that the nozzle arm cleared my driver's side big tow mirror by what seemed like mere millimeters.
 

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I remember 70s model cars that you could actually "sit" on without denting the metal...

When did these flimsy bodies come about?

About the same time all the steel mills were shutting down?
 

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its funny that most all cars and trucks are made so flimsly lol i really got a laugh well not to big, when i seen what my sons little pissy 98 s-10 done to a 2000 tacoma, his front fender was only scratched but the tacomas whole dirvers side cab and front fender was creased in about a 1 1/2 '' . go and smack a s-10 (dont mention i said to) and see that they are made like a freakin rock but moves even slower lol.
 

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FLfinfan said:
The Frontiers are the same way, unless you have the one with the roof rack. With the rack they put some type of support structure in the roof for loads that will be on the rack. I know mine (with rack) is alot more solid than a coworkers without (roof rack).
I don't think the Titan roof rack would put any load on the middle of the roof? The grooves for the roof rack run along the side edges, where they would (hopefully) be directly supported by the side roof pillars, and not by the flimsy sheet metal.
 

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I didn't know the Titan had a roof rack. At least not one like the Frontier has (big tubular rack with "CREW CAB" on it). Do you have pics, this is interesting. I have never seen one, unless it's the rack that also attaches to the bed of the truck.
 

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FLfinfan said:
I didn't know the Titan had a roof rack. At least not one like the Frontier has (big tubular rack with "CREW CAB" on it). Do you have pics, this is interesting. I have never seen one, unless it's the rack that also attaches to the bed of the truck.
I haven't seen one as of yet. I thought that there was going to be a roof rack for a crew cab like that.
 

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Living up here in the middle of Canada's hailstone alley I can honestly say I have been through some pretty severe hail storms and have not had a mark any where on the truck. I must be lucky.
 

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Geez - a guy can't even get loaded and dance on his roof anymore!!!

Hey, what about when it snows - and it starts to pile up on the roof.:paranoid:
 

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Is this coming Sunday Easter already? Seems like it is Resurrection week.
 

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Yea I noticed this when I got the truck, I guess its enough to get the job done and saves weight up high making the truck less top heavy.
 

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Old thread or not... This i something that i have noticed too with my T. The roof does feel super thin. I have to be careful when i'm washing my truck not to dent it in with my knee trying to reach to wipe it dry. My aftermarket hood is the same way too.

Yea I noticed this when I got the truck, I guess its enough to get the job done and saves weight up high making the truck less top heavy.
That is true! :)
 

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WOW..... This same thing just happened to me. Scared the b-jeebers out of me. I just purchaced a 2011 SL Titan (crew cab)(big roof), been through the car wash probably 6 or 7 times and each time I heard a clunk when it was being air dried. Each time I thought something fell on it. But there was NO damage whatsoever. So you guys dont think its a good idea to continue air drying?? I dont have any damage, but it looks as though it is just bouncing back not causing any damage. ITs thin but flexible, also there's probably insulation inside helping the cause. But maybe you are right, should not air dry.
 
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