I took off the serpentine belt and spun all the pulleys. All turned smoothly. Didn't appear to be a bearing type problem, not real sure. When I put the car in drive (with my foot on the break), my friend used a steathascope on all the pulleys and the transmission. He said he could hear a trace of the rattling sound on all of the belt pulleys. Although he thought the tensioner pulley sounded a little louder.
We are not experienced mechanics, but like to 'Do-it-yourself' when all possible. Don't want to get ripped off at a repair shop if we can help it.
Hope you can help.
Next day follow up note.
I now can hear the rattling sound when the car is in neutral? Seems to go away when I increase the RPM's. Maybe the sound of the engine covers the rattle sound. Other than that, the car runs fine. Should I be afraid of a highway breakdown?
have the same problem?
Thursday, May 28th, 2009 AT 1:38 PM