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Rattle Noise

Ok..... I started hearing this nosie yesterday, And I'm going to a meet tomarrow. I don't want to drive to the meet and have my truck break down on me. So tell me what yea think...

The nosie sounds like a metal rattling/clinking. It's loud I can hear it over the MT baja's and the radio at 50mph. It only happens when I am hitting the gas, and happens even more if I'm accelerating up hill. I crawled under the truck just now, and everthing seems ok. Let me know what yea think...

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what side is it coming from?
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Think it's the passenger side
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Sounds like pinging/predetonation if i'm hearing your description properly.
Used a differenct gas station recently or used a lower octane gas? That can cause pre-detonation and thats what i sounds like only during accelleration and moreso on hills (more load).

I'd also check the exhaust and any heat shields around it.
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true

get good gas....see if it helps....


or remove a wrench or hammer or etc thats stuck under u're truck
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Welcome to my world man...let me see if I have this right. It sound like a penny in a tin can, never consistent and not patterned? When you step on the gas just like thump it a little it will also make the noise? If that is the case...a different or better gas will not fix it. Adding a fuel cleaner and even octane booster will not help it. it sounds more like it is coming form under your feet then from the front of the truck such as a motor noise?
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Sychodemeanor.... Yea thats kinda it. It does it for a few seconds, then stops and does it again. I've been useing the same gas, Always Mobil 87 twice then a tank of 89. I'll give the exhaust and heat sheilds a look too.

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Mine sounds like plastic rattleing when I idle and Its comimg from the passenger side........???? gonna take off the plastic cover near the floor and have a look......
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Well what I can tell you is this...its not life threatening. Mine has been doing it for a while now and no harm no foul. Im guessing it could be something in the cat. or a loose heat shield however I cannot pin point it yet. I have no power loss or anything do you? If not...drive it till whatever it is becomes more obvious (such as louder) or it breaks...either way you can fix it :o)
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Check your brake calipers. Make sure they are not loose.
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Get a bigger louder sound system.
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In my case it was a heat shield that covered the catyltic coverter and clamped onto the tranny pan. The clamps came off and it just went bangin around.

But it wasn't THAT loud.
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well I'm no expert but it sounds like your classic small mammal in the muffler!

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summary: it could be a LOT of things, but most of the things it could be are non-fatal. If it sounds like its coming from the motor or transmission, you should be worried. If anywhere else, get it looked at when you have free time.
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I say its the catlyatic converters. My friends lightning was doing the same.
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