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Squeaky Subaru paper-cut

This Subaru TSB (2012 and 2013 Impreza and 2013 XV Crosstrek) provides a repair procedure to address a customer concern of a squeaking type sound coming from the driver or passenger front seat back.

The flat main support rods are covered in paper to prevent metal-to-metal contact with the backrest frame. However, if an edge on the backrest frame damages the paper, metal-to-metal contact occurs, resulting in a squeak. Bushings will need to be installed to prevent this squeak. This procedure eliminates the need to replace the backrest frame.

The bushings are available as P/N 64106AJ000 (2 per seat required).

-          Record the customer’s preset radio stations and Navigation system favorites.

-          Disconnect the negative battery cable and wait at least 60 seconds before proceeding.

-          Remove the affected seat from the vehicle.

-          Remove the seat trim cover and cushion material as an assembly from the backrest.

-          Remove the flat mat support rods from the top of the backrest frame, one side at a time.

-          Install the bushings into the backrest frame. Note: placing the bushings in hot water (104 – 122 degrees F) for a few minutes will ease installation.

-          After the bushings return to room temperature, confirm that they are tight in the backrest frame and cannot be pushed out without using excess force (more than 5 – 6 lbs).

-          Reassemble and reinstall the seat. Confirm that the squeak has been eliminated. Re-connect the battery negative cable and reset the radio stations and navigation favorites.

The photo on the left shows the two locations where the sound originates (looking down from the top front of the backrest frame). The photo on the right shows one of the flat mat’s main support rods (wrapped in paper) in position after the bushing installation.
<p>The photo on the left shows the two locations where the sound originates (looking down from the top front of the backrest frame). The photo on the right shows one of the flat mat’s main support rods (wrapped in paper) in position after the bushing installation.</p>

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