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There is a sound I can hear inside the cabin in the cargo area. I think it's just a noise from hitting bumps and then something rattles , but I hate it. Any one know what it is or how to stop it? 2013 Premium Outback.
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Take the service manager for a ride so he/she can hear it.
 

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I used to hear something but since the ice and snow has turned my neighborhood streets into Anzo Borrego it's actually gone away.
 

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Might it be the foam under the load floor rubbing on the side pieces or the spare tire?
 

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Does the noise seem to come from under the rear passenger seat area? Perhaps more from the rear passenger wheel well area? Is it a clicking noise when you drive over some irregularity road surfaces?
 

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There is a sound I can hear inside the cabin in the cargo area. I think it's just a noise from hitting bumps and then something rattles , but I hate it. Any one know what it is or how to stop it? 2013 Premium Outback.
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I'm experiencing this same problem on my outback that I purchased today. Any help would be appreciated.

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Take off the spare tire lid and check, if the spare tire is tightly secured and then re-load all tools, jack handle or anything that might bump against the spare tire rim. Also, on the left side behind rear seat side panel is pre-wired trailer hitch plug that may be hitting the body of the car. You would have to take the left rear side panel out to get to it. Also check the alignment of the rear deck/lid if it closes tight. The car body flexes and if it's not tight enough it may generate "click" sound.
Last but not least, go and look under the car and check if all bolts and nuts around rear sway bar are snug tight.
 

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I'm experiencing this same problem on my outback that I purchased today. Any help would be appreciated.

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I had a rattle in the cargo area that I managed to solve. It happened during rough roads and bumps. I'm not sure if you have the same problem as me, but mine was a metal strip above the window in the cargo area on the driver side. I had a heck of a time trying to pull panels to be able to access behind the headliner so I could get a wrench in to tighten the two bolts.

If this sounds like your problem, be careful not to rip your headliner and wear gloves when removing trim, your hands will get dirty from the grease they use on the weather strip and you don't want to stain your headliner.

You can't miss it, it's a metal strip attached to a wire with two bolts. At least, that was my problem.
 

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Synchronizing properly the robotics that assemble the car in Indiana, is a tricky task. Typically, those engineers in product quality, have to re-align and re-program those quite frequently. I watched them doing it on BMW assembly lines near Munich and Saab assembly lines in Trollhattan. Unless the car is 100% hand assembled, like some expensive makes, these things will happen. Metal strip above window in the cargo area would be one of those.
However, Murphy's Law is when you bring your car to the dealer to fix it, you will not be able to duplicate the clicking sound! LOL
 

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Since I have owned the car for only two days, should the return to the selling dealership and show them your post and others here and ask them to fix it? I don't like the idea of removing the trim to fix a problem from the manufacuturing process. I didn't hear the sound on my test drive, but began to hear it on my way home from the dealership. My wife drove it today for the fiest time and asked why I purchased the vehicle (just what I wanted to hear).

I removed he spare tire lid and checked to see if the spare tire is tightly secured. The jack is supported by a piece of foam that rests loosely on the spare tire. Is it definitely not a tight fit as it moves vertically with under light preswure. Is is a very low budget way of holding the jack in place. Even with the potenial movement of the jack, I don't think that this is the cause of the load "clanking"sound when going overrough roads or bumps.

In addition, has anyone tried to remove the two smaller covers on each side of the spare tire lid? I tried to remove them but now believe that are not designed to be removed. I may have damaged the plastic attachment on one side while trying to remove it.
 

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It's going to be tough to duplicate the problem... but, you may luck out and they will hear it, while you are test driving the car with a technician. Good luck! Showing them, what you read here, may not help, in my opinion. They have to justify, what they do, to SOA. Otherwise they will not get warranty reimbursement from them.
 

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Noise Problem Solved - After my test drive the saleman demonstrated how to use adjustable rack. After the demonstration he forgot to lock the driver side rail into its holder. So the rack was banging around while driving on any rough surface.

I noticed the loose rack while getting into the car today. I locked it and the problem was solved.
 

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Does the noise seem to come from under the rear passenger seat area? Perhaps more from the rear passenger wheel well area? Is it a clicking noise when you drive over some irregularity road surfaces?
Does the noise seem to come from under the rear passenger seat area? Perhaps more from the rear passenger wheel well area? Is it a clicking noise when you drive over some irregularity road surfaces?

I have this same problem. Any solutions WildWilson?
 

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If your center seatbelt is retracted into the ceiling make sure it's not the cause.
 
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