Stop sweating it, let the warranty deal with it. I had a rattle coming from the front of mine within a few thousand miles, it had a couple trips to the dealer where they did stuff and claimed it was quiet after (I think the road they used was too smooth). I quickly heard the noise, clearly bump related, kept the pressure on the dealer. They easily agreed to give it to a body shop for a week (mechanically, it was good). That guy could reproduce the noise. Long story short, he stripped out a lot of the car and kept test driving it until he found some suspected spot welds in the fender support framing, welded it up and car became quiet after that. Still fine 8 years later. Not to say I don't have other noises, but that one hasn't returned.Removing the bumper was my last resort. Hoping the dealer will do it tomorrow. If they don't, I will.
I set my phone in the back and recorded a clip while I drove. Not quite sure how to post it here.
Is that an onyx? Can you do A comparison between the onyx and wilderness?Okay, so here’s what the dealer had to say:
“I wanted to update you and let you know that I had my shop foreman and my manager both look over your vehicle. They were able to pinpoint the noise to be coming from the rear hatch. They cleaned the rear hatch and added some silicone along the seal to help. They found that it was the rubber seal being dry and hitting into a plastic piece. We are doing the oil change now and then we should be good to go.”
Hopefully that resolves the problem, I’m skeptical though. Picking it up in an hour or so. Here’s the loaner they gave me.
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How can the dealership return the car to you like that? From your audio it’s a clear sound…it’s either there or it isn’t…is this a concern for wilderness build quality?Well, just picked up my vehicle. Problem still persists. Apparent within 5 minutes of picking up the vehicle.
Yeah, seriously. It’s obviously still making the noise. Most techs roll their eyes at the complaint of a noise or rattle. I picked the vehicle up after the service department had closed so I’ll have to call back and make another appointment. I’m heading home to pull out the tail lights, take off the rear bumper and investigate further.How can the dealership return the car to you like that? From your audio it’s a clear sound…it’s either there or it isn’t…is this a concern for wilderness build quality?
https://www.reddit.com/r/Subaru_Outback/comments/pskdmcI was just reading a post on reddit about a rattle and the cause was an acorn that fell into the roof rack!
Really? That’s so random. Totally possible though. I’ve narrowed my issue down to either the hatch or the combination of the hatch and the surrounding trim. I left the hatch open and sat in back while someone drove and I didn’t hear it. Closed the hatch. Noise came back. Removed the passenger side tail light. Stuffed a rag between the bumper and the body where it meets under the tail light. Still the noise persists.I was just reading a post on reddit about a rattle and the cause was an acorn that fell into the roof rack!