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Old 05-03-2010, 06:47 PM   #1
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Cool 2008+ hatch rattle fixes

I've been having issues treating different rattling I've been hearing in my 2010 WRX HB. I figured it would be easier to put a little tutorial together in case anyone else has similar problems

I've isolated three different rattles that can come from the back of my hatch

1) hatch trim pieces
2) rear folding seats
3) the hatch itself

Here I'll walk through the fixes for each of these.

Hatch Trim Piece rattles:

Start by removing the upper hatch trim piece. You'll want to start from one end and work your way to the other. Start at the top corner with the hatch up and start lifting the trim piece out. You should feel a pop when you do this. While holding that corner out pull out the bottom corner and start pulling the whole trim piece towards you. There is a total of 4 "snaps" that are holding the trim in place.












Here's what you'll get. Now there are some other smaller plastic parts that help to interlock the trim piece together at the ends. Just be mindful of those when you're putting the trim piece back on.

Behind the trim I found that some cables were wrapped in foam and others were not. I used some cheap weather stripping to keep them from moving around. The kind that has a stick side works best I think.







Now to remove the side trim pieces you'll just have to pull those towards the center of the hatch and down. It's not too difficult and the one end is free now. There are only two snaps hold these pieces down.



Here's what you'll find

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Old 05-03-2010, 06:48 PM   #2
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I put some more weather stripping on the over lapping areas of the trim pieces as well as the bottoms of the snap connections.





From here you could go on and remove the largest bottom trim piece, which should just pull out like the rest. However I found it to be pretty secure and didn't have any rattles coming from it after hitting and trying to shift it.

When putting the trim pieces back on you should note how the pieces interlock together. The side trim pieces have a tounge that fits into the grove.

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Also when putting the trim pieces back on don't force anything. really they just kind of fall into place and you should only have to push them into the snaps. if it doesn't feel like it's going onto the hatch try wiggling it around. Forcing it will break something and they you'll surely have more of a rattle.

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Old 05-03-2010, 06:58 PM   #3
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Seat latch rattle

The seat latch is an easy fix. All you need is a 3-4" piece of electrical tape for each side. Wrap the tape around the front side of the latch ring. Put the seat back and test for any more wiggle room. If it still rattles add more tape, but don't add so much that the latch won't engage all the way. Otherwise you're seats will fall forward during hard braking.

This is the driver side of the car.



Hatch door rattle/squeak

I found this problem after I fixed the above two. Really this was more of a squeaking when the door was rubbing on the weather stripping. On the hatch there are two bump stops in the middle of the sides. Simply unscrew counter-clockwise a little bit. Test drive the car. If the rattle goes away you're done, if not, try backing them out some more. Don't pull them all the out as the hatch won't close properly







Results!!!!

It took me three days and some trial and error to hunt down all these sources. I drove down a beat up country road with a bunch of torn up asphalt and didn't hear any noises or rattles coming from the back. I hope this helps someone else because this was driving me nuts!!

Comments and additions are welcome and I'll update accordingly.
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Old 05-04-2010, 06:03 AM   #4
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Good info!

One other rattle is when you leave the privacy cover unextended. Keeping it fully extended keeps that rattle at bay. If it still rattles, wrap some velcro around the end tabs where they insert into the sides.
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:30 PM   #5
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Very much appreciated!
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:23 PM   #6
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nice!

now someone tell me what the heck is rattling behind my center vents!
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:47 PM   #7
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^^^+1, I have the same rattle when coming to a stop.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:02 AM   #8
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You can get in there by going through the stereo trim tear-down guide. basically you have to start on the passanger side and pop off a panel. The you remove the screw connecting the silver trim to the dash. After that it's a series of clips holding in the silver trim to the dash including the center vents and stereo trim. Take a look in there and see what you find. My guess would be just a loose wire that needs to be cable tied or taped down.
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Old 05-16-2010, 08:22 PM   #9
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this is going to help with my subs in the back shaking things! thanks very much!
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:04 PM   #10
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I tried somthing on top of this just now. I'll let everyone know how it works. I removed the black tabs that hold the wires in place. Then i cut up an old tshirt an laid a small piece of fabric over the hole and pushed the black plastic tabs back in. They fit much more snuggly now. Hope that helps.
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:11 PM   #11
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nice!

now someone tell me what the heck is rattling behind my center vents!
I've got some rattling near the right side of the passenger dash and I cannot for the life of me figure out what it is. I feel like it's the glove box.
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:35 AM   #12
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There are so many rattles in this car it drives me nuts. They started almost immediately. It feels so cheap.

JG
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Old 05-26-2010, 12:07 PM   #13
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The only rattle or pop I have is when the privacy screen is on the car, and it pops on the bumps no matter whether its extended or not. I just take the thing off when I'm not using it to hide anything in the hatch.
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Old 05-26-2010, 01:53 PM   #14
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There are so many rattles in this car it drives me nuts. They started almost immediately. It feels so cheap.

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I completely agree. They tried to make the thing as light as possible and in the process it rattles insanely. Plus, I live in California with the worst roads i have ever been on. The best thing to do is to sound deaden the heck out of the thing. I just did my A pillars, the doors, the trunk, and the dash trim piece. Now it actually sounds good when I drive down the road (and by that, I mean all I hear is the engine).
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Old 05-26-2010, 01:56 PM   #15
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I've got some rattling near the right side of the passenger dash and I cannot for the life of me figure out what it is. I feel like it's the glove box.
I had the same issue. I thought that it was the glove box or the defrost vents because I just heard it from the right side when I was driving. I took it into the dealership, since it is under warranty, and the technician drove with me. He said that it was actually the radio trim piece. I was able to apply a few small pieces of dynamat on the inside of this and the problem went away.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:11 PM   #16
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I wanted to chime in on this because one of these rattles was driving me crazy for a week or so. This is the most informative thread I found while I was trying to figure it out, but there was one detail missing in my case.

My rattle turned out to be rattle #3 -- from the hatch (which I determined by removing all the trim, driving around, and finding the rattle was still the same as with the trim in place). I unscrewed the stops little by little until the rattle stopped, and was a little concerned that it seemed like I had to be 2.5 or so turns out (which is more than halfway out I think) before the rattle would stop. When I messed with them some more, it came back, despite how far out they were, and with them screwed that far out opening and closing the hatch was a little weird.

Eventually I guessed at what was wrong, screwed them both all the way back in, and then unscrewed just one of them (passenger side) a very little bit, between 1/4 and 1/2 a turn. Rattle has been gone ever since, and the hatch feels perfectly normal.

So, if you are trying to fix what you think is rattle #3, try loosening the stops unevenly too.

I think I have rattle number 2 (seat latch) too but my seats are almost always down for dog transport so that one is easy to ignore.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:43 AM   #17
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I was wondering what the heck was rattling back there. Great thread!

Anyone else get a rattle on the driver side b-pillar. Cannot figure out what it is. Worst part is when it happens because it is right next to my ear!
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:38 AM   #18
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I was wondering what the heck was rattling back there. Great thread!

Anyone else get a rattle on the driver side b-pillar. Cannot figure out what it is. Worst part is when it happens because it is right next to my ear!
I dont know how to remove that panel - but I bet some foam tape on the clips would fix it. I only had A-pillar rattles when cold and Map light rattle from my subs. Once summer kicks in I believe there is a rattle from the back seats that Ill have to tackle with electrical tape as noted above.

Here is the A-pillar Fix: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...p+light+rattle
Here is the Map Light Fix: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...php?p=39504289
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:45 PM   #19
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Thank god for this thread. No more hatch rattle!!!!
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:37 PM   #20
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This thread deserves a lot more credit, the pictures were really helpful especially where other threads failed at explaining locations of rattles in the hatch. Did I forget to mention the thread actually has pictures? I found this thread much more useful than the 37+ page "main" thread on this topic. Besides no one has the time to look through that many pages of nonsense in hopes that one person was helpful enough to add pictures.

Took apart the rear hatch trim pieces and going to confirm on tomorrow's commute whether or not my trunk rattles are coming from those trim pieces (which I more than likely suspect are the culprits).
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:38 AM   #21
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solid info. thanks!
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Clever..
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