My friend has a 2007 Subaru Outback (with an NA EJ25 motor, 140k miles, automatic) that is making a noise when he eases off the accelerator pedal. It seems to happen when the engine hits over 3k RPM and then releases the pedal. The noise happens when he's both driving and parked. But at idle, the engine sounds just fine. The sound seems to come from the underside of the engine, near the exhaust, but I can't pinpoint it too well.

I've checked the heat shields around the cat and exhaust manifold and none of them are loose. I gave everything a good shake and it all feels solid. There is minimal to almost no rust around the exhaust too.

Here is a video of the noise: https://youtu.be/Yd8Qwt7Gqzc

  • I experienced a similar noise on a car when the starter pinion wasn't retracting fully. Probably not your problem, but worth checking.
    – HandyHowie
    Mar 6, 2016 at 9:15
  • Are you talking about the sound that happens for just a moment when the gas is backed off? Mar 10, 2016 at 18:05
  • Yes, that is it. Mar 10, 2016 at 19:26
  • Can you sustain that noise? Is there a throttle position where the rattle is constant? It might be really fiddly to find it so be patient.
    – Bob Cross
    Apr 6, 2016 at 16:39

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It was indeed a heatshield on the cat.

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