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Need suggestions on rattling noise

minjies

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I have a 02 Ford explorer that has been making a rattling noise on startup and noise lowers just a little bit after driving for a while. We changed out the rear timing belt tensioner and the front timing belt tensioner, like some forums suggested, but that did not make a difference.
 
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Cubanlorenzo

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Check heat shields on the CATS. They're known to break loose and rattle. Mine was rattling pretty loud from 2500-3100 rpms
 
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BigRondo

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I also had a loose heat shield that was rattling. Worth a shot to check it out.
 
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94Eddie

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You might have a rattling torque convertor. Does the noise go away when overdrive engages?
 
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wangbungal

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check your belt tensioner, just replaced mine
 
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ronwc

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Just replaced one of my cats, was doing just as you described. Inside was loose and rattling, would change when warmed up. Now quite and smooth as normal.
 
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