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Old 02-17-13, 09:12 AM   #1
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Default A-Pillar Rattle / Crackling Fix [A MUST DO]

So quick and simple yet magical... eliminated all the rattle / crackling from the A-Pillar. (That sound you hear that seems to come from the windshield area on both driver and passenger sides.)

Procedure is the same for Driver and Passenger Side

Time: 15-20min
Tools Needed
-Flathead or Nylon Pry Bar (leaves less marks on plastic)
-Phillips head or 10mm socket wrench
-Foam Tape (some people use felt tape)

WARNING!!
DO WHEN TEMPERATURE IS WARM (50+degreesF). plastic is brittle when cold.
Note: I did it when it was 32F out, but warmed the car and put the heat on the pillars to be safe.

Foam Tape I used. A little too thick, but Its what I had laying around.


1. Use flat head to remove the Pillar Cap. (once you popped the bottom off enough, you can just use your hands.)


2. Unscrew using Phillips or 10mm socket. Pull towards middle of car to remove hidden clip in center of pillar.


3. Slide out the A-Pillar.


4. Remove the cheap tape that subaru puts on the tabs so you can put your own tape.


5.Cut up some of your foam tape and apply it to the tabs. Use whole pieces that wrap around the tabs *preferable*
(picture shows small cut up pieces *not-preferable*)
Note: I used really thick foam tape because I had it laying around



6. Reverse Steps 1-3.

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Old 02-17-13, 09:25 AM   #2
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Default Re: A-Pillar Rattle / Crackling Fix [A MUST DO]

Posting to say that I did this a while ago and it really really is worth the time. I had some rolls of Velcro hanging around and just used the "soft" side with adhesive backing.
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Old 02-17-13, 09:27 AM   #3
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Posting to say that I did this a while ago and it really really is worth the time. I had some rolls of Velcro hanging around and just used the "soft" side with adhesive backing.
Yep, I did a search, and couldn't find a DIY on it, so I decided to write a quick one up. DEFINITELY worth it.
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Default Re: A-Pillar Rattle / Crackling Fix [A MUST DO]

Thanks for the write up, I'm gonna do this when I get home. My drivers side pillar rattles all the time.
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Old 02-17-13, 09:56 AM   #5
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Default Re: A-Pillar Rattle / Crackling Fix [A MUST DO]

Good quick write up

I've heard new vibrations since I installed my motor mounts, all happens <2k RPMs
Is this only an issue with GR's?
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Good quick write up

I've heard new vibrations since I installed my motor mounts, all happens <2k RPMs
Is this only an issue with GR's?
i'm sure the older models will rattle too. not sure if its exactly the same method. but you could try and pull it out and check.
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Default Re: A-Pillar Rattle / Crackling Fix [A MUST DO]

Nice write up and pics. I plan on doing this thursday. My passenger side is getting really bad in cold weather (<25 deg)
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Yea maybe I'll check in summer its 25, windy, & snowing now
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Default Re: A-Pillar Rattle / Crackling Fix [A MUST DO]

Did this today with some foam tape that was similar to what you used. No rattles on my test drive but it was 60ish degrees outside, so I will know for sure if it worked if I don't get rattles on the way to work tomorrow morning. BTW that phillips head screw was really tight on my car and I couldn't get it to turn with a screwdriver. Using a 10mm socket will work too for those who have the same problem.
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Default Re: A-Pillar Rattle / Crackling Fix [A MUST DO]

Just heard the rattle for the first time today. Am going to do this tomorrow morning before taking the car out. Thanks for the write up!!
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