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    There's some rattling in my hatch and I think this is the source of the problem. The plastic spring loaded piece seems to be very wobbly. Hatch owners, is it wobbly for you too?
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    Yes,I believe every hatch has the same problem.I didn't do anything,went away on its own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asharus View Post


    There's some rattling in my hatch and I think this is the source of the problem. The plastic spring loaded piece seems to be very wobbly. Hatch owners, is it wobbly for you too?
    If you're getting a squeaky noise.. this is likely it, what I did for mine was to rub off all the fuzzy stuff on the ends, got them as clean as possible and squirted some silicone lube on where they contact the interior panels and where the tensioner slides on the alum channel. Cured the squeak.
    However if you're getting more of a rattle or plastic on plastic tangy kind of noise its likely the trim around the hatch. I pulled all mine and put foam weatherstrip behind the panels to eliminate the rattle. If you open the hatch and tap around on the panels you can kinda reproduce the rattly noise.







    The strips here are in place to show where I put foam on the inside of the panel



    You'll also notice that the hatch rattle subsides as it gets warmer but the cargo cover squeak will get more prominent when its warm.

    I put the foam on probably 35k mi ago and not a peep out of it since.
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    My WRX hatchback has the same problem, but my wife's Impreza Outback Sport doesn't make any noise. Both are 2011 models.

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    mine has same issue.. all kinds of rattles from the hatch area. i put some doulbe sided tabe on the rear licence plate trim and it helped a lot but i still hear stuff from back there i just cant find where its comming from. also i removed the cargo cover and that also helped a lot with the rattles. i saw a fix but i havnt had time to take apart the car and line it with foam pieces.

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    Does your spring loaded plastic piece circled in the picture above wobble too? It seems pretty loose to me.
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    All those noises are a bit embarrassing when I show off the car to guests.My new exhaust should be here soon, once thats in place hopefully it will drown out all those rattling sounds.
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    For me that spring loaded piece did start to squeek a little after I hit 4k miles. But seeing that it's plastic on plastic makes sense that it would make noise.

    mangostick - Those are some good suggestions. I'll keep that in mind if things start to make more noise.
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    It seems that the spring is so weak. Did anyone had it replace from the dealer? I am planning to have the dealer replace it. As I said, wife's Impreza Outback Sport doesn't rattle and the spring is firmer than the one that came with my WRX.

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    Subaru's=rattles,1st outback rattled like a tank. The Legacy was half as bad, and this WRX is best by far, but thats almost worse cause any squeak is noticeable. I hate the rattling passenger speaker, will get that looked at with 1st oil change if I can stand it that long.
    However I notice it rattles less when the cover is extended. License plate rattle drove me nuts added double sided tape between plate and surround.
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    I feel like if my 2005 STI DID'T rattle, there would be something wrong.
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    It's starting to get worse. It's more of a plastic clicking noise now, every time I hit a bump on the road a certain way (enough to flex the body I suppose?). It's starting to get annoying.. I'll definitely play around with the hatch plastics like you advised. Was it easy to remove the trim?
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    Its not easy to remove the bottom trim.When I did it ,I removed the top trim first and the sides next(that was the easy part),the lower trim is not so easy,it will take some force.Its held in place by a couple of plastic pins.I got my hand under the trim after freeing the edges,forcibly pulled out the center pins out one by one.I suggest you wear gloves while doing this as I cut myself.Also check the spring on the privacy cover.Your dealer can also fix it for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xFalleNx View Post
    I have no rattling in my car................................yet....
    wait for it...... waaaaaaaiiiiiitttt ffffoooooorrrrr iiiitttt ....

    mine was silent till about 4k mi.. and then it was like someone woke up the chorus of crickets hiding in the car. I've got all but the damned sun visors sorted out so far. If they'd use plastics that dont like to stick to each other none of this would be a problem.

    first was the rear hatch area "tangity tang tang" noises over bumps. The foam stopped that. Then there was the cargo cover.. the procedure I listed stopped that.. then it was the front A pillar trim.. more foam.. fixed. Now, now its almost quiet except for where the visors clip in.. I need to put some lube on those spots so the plastic quits creaking. Then it wont sound like an old box spring with a couple of bored co-eds on a test drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    Its not easy to remove the bottom trim.When I did it ,I removed the top trim first and the sides next(that was the easy part),the lower trim is not so easy,it will take some force.Its held in place by a couple of plastic pins.I got my hand under the trim after freeing the edges,forcibly pulled out the center pins out one by one.I suggest you wear gloves while doing this as I cut myself.Also check the spring on the privacy cover.Your dealer can also fix it for you.
    I didn't pull the bottom piece.. just the top and sides. Tapping on the bottom piece didn't yield any funny noises. The rest though.. gdam they seemed like they were barely mounted right and clickin up a storm.
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