03 Forester rattle-noise in dash

Discussion in 'Subaru Forester' started by Jerre Bassler, Dec 7, 2003.

  1. Now that we have plowed snow covered roads, I have a bad rattle-noise in
    the center dash area. At first I thought it was coming from the right
    side door area, but if I hold my head over to the passenger side it is
    definitely coming from the center area of dash. (radio, heat controls?)
    I cleaned out glove box and took all CD's and cassette out.
    Ideas?
     
    Jerre Bassler, Dec 7, 2003
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  2. not sure if it's the same as the Impreza (it might be since the Forester is
    based upon the Impreza) but there are a bunch of clip connectors which are
    used to hold together the dash (the trim panel that the vin plate is on, the
    clock pod, etc.) which rattle - can be fixed with a dab of silicone on each
    one, or by shimming them with squares of felt. There are also places where
    wires and plastic portions of the dash can come into contact with the metal
    support which goes across the cabin inside the dash - shimming those with
    foam or something similar works to eliminate that, too...
     
    David & Caroline, Dec 7, 2003
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    MrEd Guest

    Interesting, my 03 Forester has same noise. Drove about an hour Sat.
    morning on packed snow. Noise was irritating.
     
    MrEd, Dec 7, 2003
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    Rob Guest

    I have a similar problem in my Forester XT. It stops if I open the lid of
    the top dashboard compartment and apply a downward force to the area that
    houses the digital clock.
     
    Rob, Dec 8, 2003
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    Jim Knoll Guest

    Same noise in '04 Forester. Has less than 800 miles on the vehicle and
    now that snow is here in Mpls, MN, USA, and roads are more ice covered
    and bumpy, there is a slight rattle behind dash or near dash cd holder.
    That's my ONLY 'problem' with the vehicle so far.
     
    Jim Knoll, Dec 11, 2003
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    Sgt.Torg Guest

    Same here with my 2003 Forester 2.5X. I'm VERY VERY disappointed with
    interior quality at this point (less than 1 year old). Silver-colored center
    console is very poorly designed - too many joints with plastic-on-plastic
    contact. Thinking it might be the little spring loaded doors in the console.
    If you press on them while cold they creak and groan. Bezel around heat
    controls also seems to flex more than it should.
     
    Sgt.Torg, Dec 15, 2003
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  7. I have a noise in my 03 Forester that I can reproduce by thumping on
    the top of the steering wheel. It is more a twanging sound. It acts up
    when I drive over rough pavement. They repave some of the roads around
    here with a slurry mix instead of real asphalt. This leaves a rough
    surface that is perfect for causing dashboard buzzes and rattles.

    Can anybody else reproduce this? You don't have to thump that hard.

    Richard
     
    Richard Chang, Dec 15, 2003
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  8. Answering my own post... I finally got around to diagnosing this
    noise. It turns out not to be any loose plastic pieces. I removed the
    lower dashboard under the steering column. (BTW, this was easy, just
    remove 2 screws, one by the hood release and one on the other corner.
    The top pulls out.) There's a big metal bracket that makes a U under the
    steering column. You'll see the top of two bolts securing the bracket
    staring at you. In my vehicle, this metal piece buzzes when I drive over
    rough pavement or thump on my steering wheel. (I don't usually thump on
    the steering wheel, but it reproduces the noise very well.) I think
    that the bracket just has an annoying resonance frequency. Nothing
    looked loose. It was bolted securely. I can make the noise stop by
    holding parts of the bracket. I couldn't think of a way to secure the
    bracket any tighter, so I took a raquet ball sized piece of plumber's
    putty and shoved it between the bracket and the instrument housing.
    (None of this is visible when you close up the dash.) So far the noise
    has gone away.

    If anyone else has this problem, I can post a picture. Also, if anyone
    has a more elegant solution than plumber's putty, please let me know.

    Richard
     
    Richard Chang, Jan 9, 2004
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    BBB Guest

    Duct tape!
     
    BBB, Jan 9, 2004
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  10. Silastic... just pump it in between the bracket and the steering column...

     
    Andrew Morris, Jan 9, 2004
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    Mr_Ed Guest

    Hey Richard,
    I have same noise, haven't take dash apart yet. So any pics would be
    appreciated.
    TIA, Ed
     
    Mr_Ed, Jan 10, 2004
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  12. Richard Chang, Jan 12, 2004
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    Mr_Ed Guest

    Mr_Ed, Jan 14, 2004
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