AT IDLE, WHEN IN MOTION, I HEAR A SLIGHT RATTLE FROM UNDER THE VEHICLE ?
1998 Ford Explorer
June, 5, 2012 AT 5:29 PM
Truck is 5.0 liter V8, with all-time-all-wheel-drive, the noise only occurs when in motion (10mph +) and foot is OFF the gas, once I step on the gas again the rattle quits, also noise does not happen ALL the time
I do know that my catalytic converters are bad (according to the check engine light, and code) not sure if this could be the source of the noise
I also have a slight leak dripping from my rear axle housing as I have a puddle in my driveway where I usually park, I think it is the housing seal but not for sure
brakes are good, recently replaced all 8 pads, shocks struts control arms etc, suspension is good recently replaced as well
also new tires about a month ago
There is a tool you might be able to borrow or rent from an auto parts store that borrows them called the "Chassis Ear". It is a set of six microphones, a switch box, and headphones. You clip the microphones to suspect points, then drive around while listening with the headphones. You can move the microphones around to zero in on the source of the noise. Be aware that many mechanics have never seen or even heard of this tool. Suspension and alignment mechanics use it to find rattles, squeaks, and other noises.
June, 5, 2012 AT 6:21 PM
MY CONCERN WOULD BE THE DIFF LEAK!
THIS AIN'T YOU WINDSHIELD WASHER RESERVOIR LEAKING LEAKING
AS FAR AS THE RATTLE,
GO UNDER ABS START SHAKING STUFF
EVEN GO AS FAR AS USING SAFETY WIRE/ ETC WIRE, MAYBE LOOPING IT TO THE FRAME AND OVER SUSPECT COMPONENTS---WITH A SCREWDRIVER, HOOK IT IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR LOOP AND "TWIST IT" TIGHT (AS YOU DO TO TENSION THE CORNER POSTS OF A BARBED WIRE FENCE) JUST ENOUGH TO "TENSION" A POSSIBLE SHAKING TAIL PIPE, ETC. WE DON'T WANNA BEND STUFF! ONCE YOU ELIMINATE THE SOUND, FIGURE OUT A PERMANENT SOLUTION W/ HANGERS AND SUCH........IT VERY WELL MAY BE THE INNARDS OF YOUR CATS
KEEP US POSTED ON PROGRESS
FIX YOUR LEAK.....OR IT MAY JUST SIT THERE RUNNING AND NOT RATTLE, UNABLE TO MOVE
I'LL SHOW YOU WHAT "LACK OF OIL" DID TO MY TRANSFER CASE IN THE LINK BELOW, THIS WAS CAUSED BY ME DISTURBING "TOO MUCH" RVT GASKET USED BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER TO INSTALL HIS TRANSFER CASE COVERS (NOW "MY").
I SIMPLY SNATCHED THE TRANSFER CASE AND TRANNY....SO I COULD REBUILD THE TRANNY. WHEN BOTH UNITS WERE RE-INSTALLED, THE MUMMIFIED RVT HAD COME LOOSE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE "UNTOUCHED" TRANSFER CASE.
WHEN FILLED BOTH BACK UP W/ 85/90. THE LOOSE RVT STOPPED UP THE OIL PORTS ON THE TAIL-SHAFT PORTION. I HAD NO SYMPTOMS ON MY 10 MILE DRIVE.
THEN SUDDENLY THERE WERE A FEW SQUEALS, SOME CRUNCHIN' SOUNDS......THEN THE DRIVE-SHAFT SUDDENLY STOPPED AT 55 MPH. MY "CAT-LIKE" REFLEXES KEPT MY JEEP UNDER CONTROL AS IT WANTED TO SLIDE SIDEWAYS INTO THE OTHER LANE........THIS ALL TOOK PLACE IN A MATTER OF SECONDS!
THIS WAS EXPENSIVE FOR ME, THE TREMENDOUS TORQUE UPON LOCK UP, BUSTED THE MAIN CAST IRON CASE TOO. I DID ALL OF MY OWN REPAIRS, IT WAS STILL EXPENSIVE!