Thanks, Ken. It has been 3 weeks of troubleshooting. I would like to take this opportunity to explain all that I went through trying to determine what was going on. The rattling sound started and I immediately had the Jeep towed to the dealership. The mechanic who checked found my waterpump was shot. That was replaced and the rattle was still there. He checked the exhaust system, catalytic converter, heat shields. No problem there. Still had the rattle. Had another garage check for the rattle. No answers. Had a neighbor who was handy with cars listen to the rattle with a mechanics stethoscope and he heard the rattle at the idler pulley. I went back to the dealership and told the mechanic to check the idler pulley. It was bad and had it replaced. The rattle was still there. He told me that he had 74 Vega with the exact same rattle and it was the starter. The starter was pulled out and the insides were completely loose. He replaced the starter and the rattle was gone. It just goes that way sometime. I bought this Liberty brand new in 2008 and all I ever had done besides basic maintenance was replacing the brakes which is a common problem with Jeeps. The mechanic that did the repair has worked on my Jeeps since 1996. He had never heard this type of rattle with a Jeep starter just on a Vega from his teenage years. Again, thanks for the opportunity to explain this. And if anyone else gets this type of tin can rattle in the engine department to please check the starter.
Saturday, July 29th, 2017 AT 1:28 PM