Has anyone had to change those adjustable Hood Bumpers (57254AA011, $1.86) or small Hood Buffers (57254AE02A, $1.17) because they got dry and less flexible? (Part Nbrs for 2011 OB 3.6R)The adjustment is quite easy. When the hood is raised you will see two black threaded hard rubber pieces (about 0.850 inches in diameter), one on either side of the hood. These fit a little more outboard and a little further aft than two similar sized but solid rubber pieces. If you suspect your hood is the source of the rattle it's very easy to turn the black threaded hard rubber pieces by hand to get them to protrude a bit more. Turn counter-clockwise to get some added length. Our rattle went away for good after this simple adjustment.
This winter, when we had plenty of near- and below-0*F temperatures, I had to adjust the Hood Bumpers lower so the hood would stay latched. Now I have the hood rattle back. The Hood Bumper adjustment had eliminated the hood rattles last summer.
These rubber pieces are cheap to replace and I'll probably buy them with an upcoming brake pad and filters order from SubaruOnlineParts.com. I was just wondering if other people have replaced them instead of doing seasonal hood adjustments. Our 2011 OB was bought in 2010 and has 186k miles on it.