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Old 01-26-2002, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default B-pillar rattle FINALLY fixed

Just thought I'd post this info:

About 6 months ago (car had ~8000 miles on it), a rattle/pop starting making noise in the passenger side b-pillar of my WRX wagon. The short story is that after 4 trips to the dealer, 4 months and 9000 miles later, it's finally fixed.

Here's the long story: First trip they diagnosed it as a faulty seatbelt retractor and replaced it. Rattle was still there when I picked it up. 2nd trip they located the rattle somewhere near the floorboard on the passenger side but didn't have time to take stuff apart - had me schedule a 3rd appointment. 3rd trip they took the seat out, removed carpet and found a crimped piece of metal that had broken its welding - upon any flexing of the chassis it would bang against the frame of the car. Solution was to bend it further away. I picked the car up and it still had the rattle. 4th and final trip - the dealership ok'd it with the regional rep to send it to a body shop where they tac-welded the piece back together, then put in some foam insulation for some added protection.

It was a little frustrating to have to keep going back to the dealer (Bob Baker Subaru, Carlsbad CA), but the service guys were very willing to keep trying to fix it, which was nice. Finally they got the job done right - only expense to me was 5 days of car rentals .

I know some other people had experienced the same rattle - so just wanted to post my experience in having it fixed.

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Old 01-27-2002, 12:43 PM   #2
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I have a clicking and creaking noise coming from that area. When I go over bumps I hear a click noise, and when I go over speed bumps/up drivways, I hear a creak noise. Just wondering did it ever sound like a creaking noise to you? I also hear a clicking noise in the rear aswell.

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Old 01-27-2002, 01:21 PM   #3
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Your description of when it occurs sounds exactly like the situation when mine occured. The best description of what it sounded like is of loose piece of metal (still connected on one side) flapping around and banging into the frame. It happened at all speeds, from 10 mph to 80mph. Any road that was not PERFECTLY flat would cause the noise.

If it doesn't bother you too much, it may not be worth the hassle. I just really felt that with <10000 miles on the car, rattles/creaks like this shouldn't be happening. And I certainly didn't want to be hearing it for another 100,000 miles...

Good luck.
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Old 01-28-2002, 12:42 AM   #4
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I too get a clicking noise from the passenger side b pillar/door area. It happens more over small bumps or cracks in the road than big bumps. What is the exact location of the piece that was loose in your car? I want to give the dealer as much help tracking down the source of the noise as I can. Thanks.
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Old 01-28-2002, 03:15 AM   #5
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Same here. I hear a clicking noise when I go over bumps or uneven road on the b pillar. It sounds like plastic, but I don't know. Could you go in more detail as to how often you would hear the noise? I believe I hear it every few minutes or so of driving, but not constant.
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Old 01-28-2002, 11:25 AM   #6
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I had the same problem in my wagon. The sound is coming from sheetmetal flexing at the bottom of the B-pillar. Using some pics and instructions found on i-club, here's how I fixed it:

Check out the picture here: http://www.i-club.com/forums/showthr...hreadid=101401

I opened up the large plastic piece covering the b-pillar seatbelt (there should be 1-2 plastic pop screws you remove, then work the edges out of the rubber molding)

As seen in the linked picture, on the right side of the pic, you see there is a gap between 2 pieces of sheetmetal. What I did was wedge/jam a plastic faucet washer I had into that gap.

That's it! The rattle/creaking is gone! It's been about 5k and it hasn't come back

Note, at first the problem didn't completely go away. But after a few miles, it dissapated completely. I guess the plastic washer had to settle in a bit.
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Old 01-28-2002, 03:53 PM   #7
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Icefire -

The noise occured frequently but not constantly, if that makes sense. I would definitely hear it within a 30-second window (usually several times), but it seemed entirely predicated on the motion of the car and the condition of the roads. The roads certainly did not need to be bumpy, however - any dip or hump would cause it to happen.

Sounds like some of the other guys found an easier fix, but if you can convinse your dealer to weld it back together, that's probably as permanent a fix as you can get.

Although this problem isn't occuring in huge numbers, I'm really surprised Subaru didn't discover it in shock and vibe testing...

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Old 01-28-2002, 04:20 PM   #8
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I've got the SAME noise!

Mine hasn't been severe enough to warrant a discrete trip to the dealer yet, but I'll escalate the next time I'm in!

For better or worse Bob Baker Carlsbad is also my dealer, so hopefully they'll be educated on the fix now.

Thanks for posting.
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Old 01-28-2002, 05:37 PM   #9
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Herbie - just wanted to let you know the name of the service guy who helped me out the whole time: Ronnie Witt. Pretty good guy, I thought - kept me updated each day on status. Good luck.

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Old 01-29-2002, 02:52 AM   #10
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Mine stoped by itself, or I tuned it out.
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Old 01-29-2002, 01:31 PM   #11
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I believe I made a post a long time ago about this problem to someone. My dealership had someone have the same problem. They tore it down and crimped the metal so it would not be rubbing which was causing the creaking.
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