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Old 04-03-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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Default A-Pillar Dash Rattle Fix

I figured while I was repairing my Map light rattle I would tackle the A-pillar rattle as well. There are threads here which link to outside sites, so I figured it wouldnt hurt to post an actual tutorial here since this plagues EVERY subaru Ive ever been in.

First, you will need a flathead screwdriver, a 10mm socket wrench OR philips screw driver, and foam tape such as the one I have pictured below. And a panel tool wouldn't hurt to have handy.

My foam tape is from home depot and was $8 in the isle with air ducting. I wanted enough to do 5 subarus and other things around the house.


First off, pop off the SRS air bag tab to get to the screw holding the pillar in place. I found it least damaging to push the screwdriver in vertically and not slightly angled like my picture shows.

Once the tab has snapped up, you can pull it off with your fingers:

Go ahead and remove the screw with a 10mm socket wrench or use a philips screw driver:

Once that is out the pillar is ready to yank off. I started at the top with a panel remover to get my fingers under and used my fingers to yank it evenly as possible outwards. Once it snapped in the outwards direction I applied some upwards pressure to pull the bottom clips out of their slots.

Here is a video of me yanking mine off for the first time to show how easy it is:
You can see how crappy the foam tape Subaru uses is in that video.

Now, yank off Subaru's tape and apply the foam tape over the same areas.



Thats it, put it back together by pushing the clips back into the slots on the dash:


Click the pillar back in and put the screw and airbag plastic clip back on.

Then do your radar detector if you have one!
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:28 AM   #2
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Nice. I also found some light felt on the inside (facing the dash) bottom (dash side) edge of the pillar trim helped as well. You only need to cover the depth of the trim piece into the dash.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:30 AM   #3
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Oops I meant to post this in interior/exterior modifications.. Mods feel free to move it if it doesn't belong here!
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:33 AM   #4
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Thanks for the clear write-up
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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Awesome! This should help a lot!
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:59 AM   #6
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Looks like a good starting point for fixing the rattles in my Impreza. Nice writeup.

EDIT: Also trying to track down a rattle that only happens during the summer when the car is idling, like at a stop like while still in drive with the A/C on.

Turn the A/C off and the car revs a bit higher and the rattle goes away. It's a pretty low rattling sound as well, and super annoying. '06 Impreza.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:10 PM   #7
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Probably a heat shield as the rpm's go up when the compressor kicks on. I would check the exhaust first.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:39 PM   #8
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Most excellent post OP!

As soon as the temperature warms up enough I plan on doing this...thank you!
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:58 PM   #9
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Subaru would do this for you, it's a TSB. I had mine done a week after I bought it.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:31 PM   #10
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Subaru would do this for you, it's a TSB. I had mine done a week after I bought it.
It should be covered under warranty - however - last time I had something looked at in my 06' impreza they left a lot of grease marks in my car.. so I would rather do it myself since its so easy.. and this applies to a large range of subarus that arent under warranty anymore as well.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:37 PM   #11
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Subaru would do this for you, it's a TSB. I had mine done a week after I bought it.
Do you know what the TSB number is? I hear conflicting things that rattles have a TSB, then people say they don't.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:57 AM   #12
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nice. I want to go in and do everything. all inner panels. all pillars. the top of my dash (right above the radio) starts to rattle unless I put my hand on it and pull it slightly forward. poeifngqpijenfooijqergughhhh I need it gone.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:34 PM   #13
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Probably a heat shield as the rpm's go up when the compressor kicks on. I would check the exhaust first.
Confirmed. It is a heat shield rattle! Funny that Subaru didn't notice it or fix it when they replaced the catalytic converter a few weeks ago. I'll put it up on ramps this weekend when I swap out the winter tires and do it myself.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:19 PM   #14
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Thanks for this clear how to...especially like the video - it makes me more comfortable to see how easy it comes out. I am pretty anal when it comes to things and I am reluctant to do some things for fear of doing more cosmetic damage just to fix a problem...looks like this is a no brainer!
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:58 AM   #15
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I figured while I was repairing my Map light rattle I would tackle the A-pillar rattle as well. There are threads here which link to outside sites, so I figured it wouldnt hurt to post an actual tutorial here since this plagues EVERY subaru Ive ever been in.
Sweet write up MtnXfreeride! Had some vicious rattling on a road trip last week, and so I did your fix last night. Super easy. I used a pocket knife to get the SRS badge off & that worked well. I also added some other strips of tape on the cover up top, and on the pillar itself towards the bottom. Looking forward to no rattles from this area - thank you.

Now I need to find some projects for the 29.5 feet of tape I have left over!
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:14 AM   #16
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Search function worked perfectly in this case: I searched for rattle, this thread popped up, I completed the work and: no more rattles!

Simply wanted to say nice work and thank you to the OP.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:07 AM   #17
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I've spent probably 10 hours fixing the rattles in my 2012 hatch including the infamous a-piller rattle. It's amazing to me how Subaru engineers saw it fit to place plastic directly on metal and plastic. I've probably identified 20-25 major rattle areas in this car so far. 1mm, 1" wide black felt tape (75' roll) from Amazon goes a long way. During my winter vacation, I'll do a lengthy write-up of the areas of concern in this car and how to address. My hatch now 95% rattle free in temps below 60 degrees and above 70 is completely rattle free. It's amazing much more solid the car feels and a bit more quiet when it doesn't rattle. It now rattles less than my prior Infiniti G35.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:02 PM   #18
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I've spent probably 10 hours fixing the rattles in my 2012 hatch including the infamous a-piller rattle. It's amazing to me how Subaru engineers saw it fit to place plastic directly on metal and plastic. I've probably identified 20-25 major rattle areas in this car so far. 1mm, 1" wide black felt tape (75' roll) from Amazon goes a long way. During my winter vacation, I'll do a lengthy write-up of the areas of concern in this car and how to address. My hatch now 95% rattle free in temps below 60 degrees and above 70 is completely rattle free. It's amazing much more solid the car feels and a bit more quiet when it doesn't rattle. It now rattles less than my prior Infiniti G35.
Did you also work on the hatch itself? Mine is making a ton of noises from where the plastic touches the glass. I am curious if you have any links/photos on how to remove the plastic so that foam tape can be placed between the glass and the plastic cover.
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I've spent probably 10 hours fixing the rattles in my 2012 hatch including the infamous a-piller rattle. It's amazing to me how Subaru engineers saw it fit to place plastic directly on metal and plastic. I've probably identified 20-25 major rattle areas in this car so far. 1mm, 1" wide black felt tape (75' roll) from Amazon goes a long way. During my winter vacation, I'll do a lengthy write-up of the areas of concern in this car and how to address. My hatch now 95% rattle free in temps below 60 degrees and above 70 is completely rattle free. It's amazing much more solid the car feels and a bit more quiet when it doesn't rattle. It now rattles less than my prior Infiniti G35.
Looking forward to your write up!!! Mine is gaining a new rattle every day ;-)
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:09 PM   #20
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great write up!
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:45 PM   #21
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Did you also work on the hatch itself? Mine is making a ton of noises from where the plastic touches the glass. I am curious if you have any links/photos on how to remove the plastic so that foam tape can be placed between the glass and the plastic cover.
Oh yes, every panel was removed from the hatch. Takes less than five minutes to get every panel off. Basically you start at the top, then the vertical panels, then the large lower panel.
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:08 PM   #22
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Did this while at work on lunch took 5 mins max per side. And re routed my v1's power cord

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Old 11-16-2013, 10:05 PM   #23
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Did this while at work on lunch to 5 mins max per side. And re routed my v1's power cord
I should do my wiring for my radar detector too... good idea.

Weird going on this forum and seeing my year old post on the first page.. happened x2 today lol.

I just want to follow up now many months later and say that I've had days cold enough that my wife's new forester started creaking, but my car which had this quick mod done is still creak free (at least at the A-pillars). Ill be doing her forester soon.
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Old 11-19-2013, 04:20 PM   #24
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Oh yes, every panel was removed from the hatch. Takes less than five minutes to get every panel off. Basically you start at the top, then the vertical panels, then the large lower panel.
Do the panels just snap off, I didn't see any screws last time I looked.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:51 PM   #25
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I am so OCD about rattling interior pieces !!!!!!!
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