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Old 02-18-2001, 04:14 PM   #1
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Angry Annoying Rattling Inside the cabin

When I drive over a little bump or dip, I get this really ANNOYINg little rattle, it's comming from the driver side rear, right behind where the "Holy Sh__ Bar" would be, when i tap it lightly i hear something clicking, and it's pissing me off! Another thing is, when I turn on my heater, I hear this funny little noise comming from the vent, i popped open the hood and nothing, but from inside, it makes this annoying noise too! I just wanna pull out my hair! Someone please help me!!
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Old 02-18-2001, 04:19 PM   #2
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They must have trapped your trunk monkey in there while assembling the car!!! Let him out!
But seriously, I think everyone has that headliner rattle....just turn up the radio.

Most people say its the sunroof drain tubes.

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Old 02-18-2001, 04:25 PM   #3
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for me it sounds like the driver side rear window (coupe) ....I'm ready to start taking the damn car apart to find that damn rattle
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:23 PM   #4
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No, it's on the ceiling, like if u go to the back, and u start to tap to the left side, right where that little circle tap thing is in the ceiling, on the driver side, tap like 2-3 inches away from it, and u'll find it, it's getting me mad! What about that heater noise?
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Old 02-18-2001, 07:47 PM   #5
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I wrote this up for the STi-Mlist, and maybe it will help you. If not, oh well, I tried.
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For a long time I had a very annoying rattle that was coming from the C-pillar and would manifest itself most commonly over ridged pavement, washboard gravel roads, and other times when it seemed to hit a certain frequency. I managed to totally solve it, but this was in a 1995 sedan, so you coupe and newer model owners, take that under advisement. I can't promise you this is the problem you're having, but it worked for me. It's been about a year, and I haven't heard it since.

Here's the problem:

It seems that there is another brace, bracket, or some other piece that sits between the inner and outer body shell. It would then vibrate in the slot (the two 90 degree stamped parts in the yellow circle) or against another panel and cause a great deal of noise.

The solution:

I got ahold of a bunch of these screws. They're about 1/2" long, self
drilling and threading. I believe some sources call them TEK screws, but
don't quote me on that.

Solved:

By much knocking (ouch my knuckles! I should have got a rubber mallet) and probing, I estimated where I should drive these screws so that they would penetrate the inner body shell and catch the troublesome part. I wasn't worried about hurting anything since there's no wires or anything back there, and the screws weren't long enough to poke through the outside. On
my third try, I managed to snag the offending piece. The passenger side never made any noise, but I had the panel off at the time (this was done while I was working on my stereo) so I did the same thing over there.

As I said, it's been about a year, and I haven't heard the noise since. Formerly, I would hear it about every day, so I feel pretty confident saying it's totally and permanently fixed. It's totally your responsibility if you decide to try this, so if you use screws that are too long and end up with a nice hole to the outside world, it's not my fault. Hope this helps.

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Old 02-18-2001, 08:25 PM   #6
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Die Civic,

I had the same problem.
To verify this... while in the drivers seat pound the roof gently behind you (behind your head) with the base of your fist.

If this evokes the "rattling" you discribed, then it is your sunroof frame has vibrated loose.

This happened to me when Subaru fixed my "knocking" sunroof noise, which became a "rattling" sunroof frame noise because of a poor fix up.

Bitch a little and you might get a whole new sunroof frame for free (mucho $$). (but be warned,after about 13months it started to rattle again! )
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Old 02-18-2001, 09:10 PM   #7
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I have the same rattle, but it's in the driver's side rear door, and I haven't taken it apart yet to see what it is.

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Old 02-19-2001, 02:55 AM   #8
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The other noise.. in the vent. I had that in my '98 L. I took it in to the dealer and they said it was needles/leaves/***** in the system. I don't remember if they bothered to fix it or not. I think they were going to charge me to fix it so I said forget it. You can stick a leaf blower in one of the vents and see if anything comes popping out in front of the windshield.
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Old 02-19-2001, 02:57 AM   #9
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Oh. How's this for annoying. My passenger SEAT rattles. Argh. It's coming from the left side lumbar support. Tomorrow I'm going to the dealer to CHEW them out. Seat people
1) Rattle in seat.
2) stripped screw that holds the door together.
3) put the rear seat together wrong.
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Old 02-19-2001, 06:21 AM   #10
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Here is another theory to make things complicated.

I think it's the metal and/or plastic clips that hold the rear driver side window molding on. Or perhaps it's the plastic alighment tabs that were left in the window from the assembly process. If you push on the outside of the molding near the the front of the rear window, it makes the same clicking noise as when you hit a bump or expansion joint in the road.

I know it sounds stupid, but I removed every piece of plastic, foam, and the seat belt on the driver side and I still had the bump activated clicking noise. Arrrghhhh! Never did positively solve the problem before I sold the car. The guy that officially solves this should get a prize from the club

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Old 02-19-2001, 07:46 AM   #11
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Fargo, I think you may be on to something. My '98 RS rear window rattles only at highway speeds. I'll have to check the molding, but I think I'll let the dealer check it out first, as it's still under the extended warranty.

I also have to have them fix my passenger seat. It no longer slides forward when you lift the seatback handle. My car is just over 3yrs old, and things seem to be breaking right on time...

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Old 02-19-2001, 08:06 AM   #12
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My '99 Outback driver seat rattles and moves around when it is at one certain lock point. I'd say there is about a half centimeter of movement. Unfortunatly the spot is the one I find most comfortable (almost all the way back).

Cup holder also rattles along with the entire rear of the car. The suspension is also squeaking over big bumps now, it sounds like a good 'ole rusty pickup truck suspension now. Yay subaru!

EDIT: Oops, I almost forgot to mention the most annoying rattle - from the front strut tower assemblies around turns over any bumpy surface. It's really annoying and I am starting to feel it in the steering wheel now. This is a common ailment to newer subarus and SOA has no fix and doesn't recognize a problem.

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Old 02-19-2001, 01:10 PM   #13
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heh. I should clarify. My annoying seat rattle is coming from the Lumbar support/side bolster, not the seat rails.

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