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weird noise after i start

so after i start my truck i hear a weird noise like something is rattling around inside my engine. Anyone know what that could be?

its a 1999 4.0 ohv btw
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Water pump impeller?
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is a water pump hard to replace?
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I'd try to narrow it down a little better then that...where is the noise comeing from, front or back, left right, up down???
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im not sure where it is coming from i head it when i left for school today all i know is it sounds like it is coming from the engine and it lasts for about 3 seconds after i start my truck
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now that i have had time to inspect it it is coming from the back of my engine
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yep that was it. Anyone have any tips on how to clean the starter. or do i just have to buy a new one?
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2 easy.

Remove it (disconnect battery first).

Take the bolts out of the endcaps (2 long ones, 2 short ones).

Take the 2 phillips screws out of the solenoid. Pull that off with a little wiggling.

Separate the endcap and rotor portion, leaving it loosely intact.

Clean up the brushes first. If they don't protrude much beyond their housing, stop , reassemble and go buy a starter. Bad brushes won't last. They need to protrude and have good spring tension. If they don't show 1/8" or more beyond flush, they are done.

Good brushes? Then spray the bejesus out of all the gunk, everywhere with a good degreaser like brake clean or carb/choke cleaner. I use kerosene and a paint brush. Then, when done, lightly lube the solenoid and gear shaft with lubriplate and reassemble it all. The solenoid goes in with a little slot on that arm, so note that.

It really is easy work, just pay attention as it comes apart and don't disassemble more than necessary.
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I don't know about where you live but over here there's a local auto electric place that rebuilds stuff like this. My ex girlfriends starter went out in her civic and the cheapest one I could find was $150 or so. This auto electric place went through it and rebuilt it and cleaned and painted it for like $30. It looked brand new after he was done and that was over 3 years ago and still going strong. Just something to look into if you have anything like that in your area.
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