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Old 12-09-2005, 08:09 PM   #1
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Default Can we get a "fix those rattles" thread going?

Seems liek there's a Lot of repeated questions of rattles.

So I'll just list what I got from various threads.

SOLVED

1. Steering column rattle - This seems like it's the Cruize control button.
Solution - Take stalk apart, remove button, spring and ball, stretch spring. reinsert. no more rattle

2. Rear window rattle - This seems to be the seat bracket
Solution - Take the reat seat back out. The center latch on the seat rattles against the hook bolt. Put some dynamat or some durable thick rubber on top of the bolt head. *note* i put dynamat, it worked for a few months.. but it wore through.. and started ratteling again.. next will be piece of thick leather.

3. passenger Door rattle - this seems to be wiring rattleing against the inner door panel or the cover. Use some sticky foam and wrap wires..

4. wagon spare tire rattle thanks "sjl1614" for solution
solution - Where the spare tire "cover" sits down and rests of the plastic trim, right under there, the trim sits on metal tabs. Which is the souce of the rattle. use some foam tape on the metal tabs and the noise is gone - sjl1614

5. Drivers side door handle thanks "Flat4 STI"
solution - Drivers side door handle,where you pull the door closed would rattle. 3m double sided tape on the bottom of it where the screw pokes through.

6. Steering column top plastic rattle thanks "Flat4 STI"
Solution - 3M double sided tape,Once you take off the top piece of plastic, nearest the steering wheel theres a piece of plastic that sticks up,I used two layers to touch the column plastic pieceAlso about the middle of the steering plastic piece i put another piece of 3M there also.Kinda hard to descibe.

7. Rear deck area rattle where third brake light is "Flat4 STI"
Solution - center seat belt plastic cover in trunk was loose,the piece that covers the retract part,Silicone around top edge to hold it in place.

8. high pitch rattle behind ear thanks "gh32"
Solution - Very faint metal-on-metal high-pitched noise that took me a while to identify. Turns out it was the zipper on the passenger seat on the top of the pass-through (roughly behind where your neck is). Easily fixed with a piece of tape.

9. glove box key hole
Solution - try using some thick silicone grease? if the problem is within the lock, if its outside then, remove the unit and add 3M windows seal

10. glove box rattle thanks "hank3"
Solution - I had the glove box rattle and what I did was wrap some black electrical tape around the U-shaped bracket the door latch attaches to. That fixed the rattle

UNSOLVED

1. Seatbelt top cover rattle - I put this on unsolved because to me removing outright is not a solution.

2. Driver side A Pillar, Vent cover - put puressure on the vent cover piece by the A-Pillar and rattle stops. -
Things I tried
- siliconing the white clips..
- taping the vent cover piece to the bottom piece..
- strips of fuzzy side of velcro (helped a bit but still there)
- removing the entire vent cover

*edit you can emulate this sound by pushing down on the vent piece. repeat until you have the right speed and pressure.. the only way i see to solve this it to jam some thick cloth to maintain the pressure, or take the dash apart... i have not done this yet...

3. Steering column rattle - left wheel goes over bumps - when only the left front wheel goes over the bumps the whole steering column shutters... I dont' think there's going to be a solution to this..

4. Rearview mirror - if you have warrenty left then it's all good but what if you don't? any one have a fix for this?



anyone else like to add?

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Old 12-09-2005, 08:28 PM   #2
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2. Rear window rattle - This seems to be the seat bracket
Solution - Take the reat seat back out. The center latch on the seat rattles against the hook bolt. Put some dynamat or some durable thick rubber on top of the bolt head. *note* i put dynamat, it worked for a few months.. but it wore through.. and started ratteling again.. next will be piece of thick leather.




Thank you!!!!!!!! I have tried everything and had all but given up- I will try this and see if its a fix.........I always thought it was where the rear seatbelt ties into the upper panel but after tearing all that out it was still there. I did notice the sound disappeared when two people sat in the rear seat so I took out the rear seat and looked all over for something rattling....I ended up pulling out the plastic box that covers the middle seatbelt tensioner that hangs through the rear deck. This still didnt fix it!
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Old 12-09-2005, 08:32 PM   #3
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Default Seatbelt Whine/Squeak

Most owners report that the seatbelt squeaks when you use it. It's the belt rubbing against small plastic ribs on the inside of the lower B-pillar trim piece.
Remove the piece and grind down the ribs...no more squeak.
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Old 12-24-2007, 07:28 PM   #4
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Most owners report that the seatbelt squeaks when you use it. It's the belt rubbing against small plastic ribs on the inside of the lower B-pillar trim piece.
Remove the piece and grind down the ribs...no more squeak.

Sweet! I have had my bug-eye for about a month and that squeak has been driving me bananas. Thanks a lot.
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Old 12-24-2007, 09:41 PM   #5
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2. Driver side A Pillar, Vent cover - put puressure on the vent cover piece by the A-Pillar and rattle stops. -
Things I tried
- siliconing the white clips..
- taping the vent cover piece to the bottom piece..
- strips of fuzzy side of velcro (helped a bit but still there)
- removing the entire vent cover

*edit you can emulate this sound by pushing down on the vent piece. repeat until you have the right speed and pressure.. the only way i see to solve this it to jam some thick cloth to maintain the pressure, or take the dash apart... i have not done this yet...



I think to fix this you could cut the solid tube that comes up from the bottom of the dash board and connect the two pieces with a felxable connector. I think that the rattle is fromt he dash moving independantly of the vent and the vent tube (which is rigid hard plastic).
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:58 PM   #6
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Most owners report that the seatbelt squeaks when you use it. It's the belt rubbing against small plastic ribs on the inside of the lower B-pillar trim piece.
Remove the piece and grind down the ribs...no more squeak.
Just picked up a 2006 STI and it has a high pitch squeak when I pull the seat belt out. Thank you so much for this info
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Old 12-12-2005, 01:22 PM   #7
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2. Rear window rattle - This seems to be the seat bracket
Solution - Take the reat seat back out. The center latch on the seat rattles against the hook bolt. Put some dynamat or some durable thick rubber on top of the bolt head. *note* i put dynamat, it worked for a few months.. but it wore through.. and started ratteling again.. next will be piece of thick leather.



The rear window rattle is also caused by the seals around the window expanding/contracting with heat and cold. It happens primarily in the cold when the seals contract and the window is able to move a bit more with chassis flex...unfortunately, there's not a ton that can be done for this other than trying to keep the inside of the vehicle very warm or turning up your stereo more.

Another cause can be suspension upgrades. After a suspension upgrade the chassis is now under more stress as the stiffer upgraded shocks and springs don't react as much as the OEM ones, sending more street impact to the chassis. The chassis flexes, putting more stress on the seals that hold the window in...eventually causing it to rattle. Once again, it's a pain, but can be reduced somewhat by reducing body/chassis flex/roll with larger and stiffer sway bars and, to some degree, strut tower bars.
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Old 12-12-2005, 05:31 PM   #8
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My rear view mirror rattles like a mofo also, so the dealership will replace that eh, im doubtful i will be able to get them to fix it, but hey worth a shot like you guys said its annoying as hell holding to mirror to stop it from rattling
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Old 12-13-2005, 03:38 PM   #9
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My rear view mirror rattles like a mofo also, so the dealership will replace that eh, im doubtful i will be able to get them to fix it, but hey worth a shot like you guys said its annoying as hell holding to mirror to stop it from rattling
Anybody got a fix for rear view mirror (w/compass) rattle?
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Old 12-13-2005, 04:52 PM   #10
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Anybody got a fix for rear view mirror (w/compass) rattle?
Ditto !, its driving me nuts
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Old 12-16-2005, 11:18 PM   #11
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Anybody got a fix for rear view mirror (w/compass) rattle?
if the rattle is coming from where it attaches to the windshield, you need to either replace the u-spring, or remove the mirror and bend yours closed a bit then re-install the mirror.
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Old 12-13-2005, 02:06 PM   #12
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The rear window rattle is also caused by the seals around the window expanding/contracting with heat and cold. It happens primarily in the cold when the seals contract and the window is able to move a bit more with chassis flex...unfortunately, there's not a ton that can be done for this other than trying to keep the inside of the vehicle very warm or turning up your stereo more.

Another cause can be suspension upgrades. After a suspension upgrade the chassis is now under more stress as the stiffer upgraded shocks and springs don't react as much as the OEM ones, sending more street impact to the chassis. The chassis flexes, putting more stress on the seals that hold the window in...eventually causing it to rattle. Once again, it's a pain, but can be reduced somewhat by reducing body/chassis flex/roll with larger and stiffer sway bars and, to some degree, strut tower bars.
Thanks for the info- this must be what it is because it seemed to start after I upgrades springs and struts. I have removed just about everthing in the rear of the car or tied it down- from the gas cap to the trunk tensioning system and nothing has helped! I have removed seatbelts and every trim peice and its still there so I chalked it up to something with the rear strut assembly or now I guess it could be the window rattle.
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Old 01-17-2008, 10:39 PM   #13
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The rear window rattle is also caused by the seals around the window expanding/contracting with heat and cold. It happens primarily in the cold when the seals contract and the window is able to move a bit more with chassis flex...unfortunately, there's not a ton that can be done for this other than trying to keep the inside of the vehicle very warm or turning up your stereo more.

yeah, i have this rattle and it annoys the living **** out of me. but oh well, i guess i have to wait till its warm again. until then, i'll bump my system hard and set off car alarms while i drive by
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:14 AM   #14
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2. Rear window rattle - This seems to be the seat bracket
Solution - Take the reat seat back out. The center latch on the seat rattles against the hook bolt. Put some dynamat or some durable thick rubber on top of the bolt head. *note* i put dynamat, it worked for a few months.. but it wore through.. and started ratteling again.. next will be piece of thick leather.




Thank you!!!!!!!! I have tried everything and had all but given up- I will try this and see if its a fix.........I always thought it was where the rear seatbelt ties into the upper panel but after tearing all that out it was still there. I did notice the sound disappeared when two people sat in the rear seat so I took out the rear seat and looked all over for something rattling....I ended up pulling out the plastic box that covers the middle seatbelt tensioner that hangs through the rear deck. This still didnt fix it!

Does this apply to wagons also??
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Old 12-09-2005, 08:30 PM   #15
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that steering shudder going over bumps, im glad to see im not the only one with that problem
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Old 08-10-2019, 01:00 AM   #16
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Hello everyone, this is my first time posting on here and I apologize if this is the incorrect forum or place to be putting this. I just recently got a 2018 sti and every time Iím in 1st or second gear and start accelerating WOT after about 3k RPMs I hear this really loud rattle sound. It sounds like itís somewhere under the car towards the back or center. Very hard to pinpoint it. I canít replicate the rattle in any other gear besides 1 and 2. Please help 😭 Its freaking me out
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:38 AM   #17
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Hello everyone, this is my first time posting on here and I apologize if this is the incorrect forum or place to be putting this. I just recently got a 2018 sti and every time Iím in 1st or second gear and start accelerating WOT after about 3k RPMs I hear this really loud rattle sound. It sounds like itís somewhere under the car towards the back or center. Very hard to pinpoint it. I canít replicate the rattle in any other gear besides 1 and 2. Please help 😭 Its freaking me out
Toss your phone back there and get a video/audio of it. Might help find it. Put your rear seats down, too - see if they are involved in the noise making
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:50 AM   #18
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Hello everyone, this is my first time posting on here and I apologize if this is the incorrect forum or place to be putting this. I just recently got a 2018 sti and every time Iím in 1st or second gear and start accelerating WOT after about 3k RPMs I hear this really loud rattle sound. It sounds like itís somewhere under the car towards the back or center. Very hard to pinpoint it. I canít replicate the rattle in any other gear besides 1 and 2. Please help 😭 Its freaking me out
I get heat shield and/or drivetrain rattle like this anytime i'm over 3500 rpm. Especially noticeable if I'm slowly rising into that range rather then WOT.
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Old 12-09-2005, 09:02 PM   #19
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Im gonna try the rear window rattle cuz wow that pisses me off so much..

And for the vent rattle... press down a bit and it stops... have no clue i think its the clips in the a pillar... but cant really guarantee that is the sure fix for it.
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Old 12-09-2005, 09:09 PM   #20
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My wagon rattles in the back some where. I thought it was the venetian blind luggage cover and/or some bungie cords on top of the spare. I took them both out and it still rattles. Sounds like it is coming from the spare tire area, but everything seems to be tight there.

Any ideas?
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Old 12-12-2005, 07:10 AM   #21
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My wagon rattles in the back some where. I thought it was the venetian blind luggage cover and/or some bungie cords on top of the spare. I took them both out and it still rattles. Sounds like it is coming from the spare tire area, but everything seems to be tight there.

Any ideas?

I had this rattle for a long time also. FIXED IT!!! Where the spare tire "cover" sits down and rests of the plastic trim, right under there, the trim sits on metal tabs. Which is the souce of the rattle. I used some foam tape on the metal tabs and the noise is gone!!

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wow, totally speechless super useful thread

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I've got a little rattle/buzz issue with my 2011 wrx hatch. Maybe someone can help. It's definitely coming from the passenger side and its more of a buzz then rattle. Not too loud but it's annoying. It almost sounds like it's coming from underneath the glovebox. I tried emptying out the box and ride with it open, same thing. More noticeable over bumps and rough road. I cant totally rule out the passenger door though, maybe its coming from there. Hard to tell in the car by yourself. I've only got 1700 miles but would like to avoid the dealer as they trashed the last car I brought them.
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I've got a little rattle/buzz issue with my 2011 wrx hatch. Maybe someone can help. It's definitely coming from the passenger side and its more of a buzz then rattle. Not too loud but it's annoying. It almost sounds like it's coming from underneath the glovebox. I tried emptying out the box and ride with it open, same thing. More noticeable over bumps and rough road. I cant totally rule out the passenger door though, maybe its coming from there. Hard to tell in the car by yourself. I've only got 1700 miles but would like to avoid the dealer as they trashed the last car I brought them.
You got a center console armrest extension?
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08+ wrx need to find a way to stop the windshield wipers from clicking every time the wipe.
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