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I am new to the blog and I recently purchased a new '17 OB 3.6r Touring. This is my first new car to purchase and I have been quite upset because there have been constant/ new rattles since I purchased it. I had a similar rattle behind the speedometer that other threads have discussed which was fixed at the dealership thankfully! It took over 2 weeks but it was fixed.

There is a rattle on the driver-side door that just keeps getting worse. I know exactly where it is coming from- the top left corner of the door, all I have to do is rest my elbow there and the rattle stops. It seems like the door panel is just loose, is there anyway I can glue it or some other easy fix? Has anyone else had a similar issue?? I have taken the car in twice already for rattles and the dealership has kept the car for 2 weeks each time...I'm trying to avoid taking it back again. Thanks!
 

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You have a warranty....take it back again. Probably something very simple.

DO NOT glue the door panel to the door frame!!
 

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I came from 2 wheel drive Buick cars and I would have to say that Subaru must be spending a lot of the money on the AWD system as my Outback interior is much cheaper and flimsier materials than my Buick’s. If you are coming from way less expensive cars these are an upgrade but for me, the quality is a down grade. Hopefully it is really dependable to offset this as my Buick’s were really dependable cars.
 

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I am coming from a 2010 Dodge Ram which had no noticeable rattles until I sold it. So far, the quality seems like a down grade. I am hoping the AWD system is where they put the money as well because I have been very disappointed by the interior. Wish I would have heard the rattles before I purchased it.
 

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If I knew exactly where rattle is coming from I would remove door panel, look behind in. And cables? Cables sheathed and don't move there?

How much clearance between door panel and door?

Then maybe I'd try glueing (using appropriate glue) a little soft foam just enough not too much right there on the panel and reinstall.

If pushing panel a little stops rattle ...
 

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I would try Velcro tape in the case want to remove it easily. Otherwise double sided tape.
Good idea. I figured a little 1-2" of a really soft foam glued wouldn't be a big deal to remove easily (or most of it)

I was thinking a high-end spray on adhesive would get in the cracks of foam and get it to stay.

Velcro make sure you get the real 3M/Velcro brand industrial high-temp stuff those door panels get well into 100's degrees F parked in sun.
 

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I am new to the blog and I recently purchased a new '17 OB 3.6r Touring. This is my first new car to purchase and I have been quite upset because there have been constant/ new rattles since I purchased it. I had a similar rattle behind the speedometer that other threads have discussed which was fixed at the dealership thankfully! It took over 2 weeks but it was fixed.

There is a rattle on the driver-side door that just keeps getting worse. I know exactly where it is coming from- the top left corner of the door, all I have to do is rest my elbow there and the rattle stops. It seems like the door panel is just loose, is there anyway I can glue it or some other easy fix? Has anyone else had a similar issue?? I have taken the car in twice already for rattles and the dealership has kept the car for 2 weeks each time...I'm trying to avoid taking it back again. Thanks!
Two Weeks! Outlandish. There is no reason for this. Have they been using it to get lunch every day to check for rattles? :) Hope they gave you a loner. I would be thinking about having another dealer look at it.

If you want to do something yourself Google how the sound guys soundproof their doors. There may be some help there. Hushmat makes a "quiet tape" designed to warp cables to quiet noise. Available on Amazon.
 

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Yes, if you still have warranty - use that. And I suggest finding a different dealership if the current one won't be able to find or properly fix the source of rattles... But before you bring your car in for repair - try to figure out the way that you can easily reproduce that rattling in case the dealer will say something like "cannot reproduce the issue". Maybe a specific section of the road near dealership which can cause the panel to rattle at specific speed in 100% of the cases or something similar. Might also be helpful if you can record it on video (of course, don't do it by yourself while driving and instead ask someone else to help you with that).
 

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There are 5 or 6 nylon fasteners that hold the interior door to the metal door shell (along with a couple of screws). It's not hard to remove the door and look to see if one is missing. Only suggesting this as I needed to have my door repaired at an autobody shop and they didn't replace two of the of the nylon fasteners, leading to rattles for me. Could be that you are missing one or two, or that the one in that location is defective. Agree with other posters that the dealer should do this for you.


Good luck.




I am new to the blog and I recently purchased a new '17 OB 3.6r Touring. This is my first new car to purchase and I have been quite upset because there have been constant/ new rattles since I purchased it. I had a similar rattle behind the speedometer that other threads have discussed which was fixed at the dealership thankfully! It took over 2 weeks but it was fixed.

There is a rattle on the driver-side door that just keeps getting worse. I know exactly where it is coming from- the top left corner of the door, all I have to do is rest my elbow there and the rattle stops. It seems like the door panel is just loose, is there anyway I can glue it or some other easy fix? Has anyone else had a similar issue?? I have taken the car in twice already for rattles and the dealership has kept the car for 2 weeks each time...I'm trying to avoid taking it back again. Thanks!
 
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