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Old 08/13/2017, 10:14 AM   #1
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Strange rattle from front of engine bay

My car has devoloped a rattle that sounds like a tail pipe is loose. It only happens at idle while in drive, move to neutral or park which increases the rpm and it goes away. The entire exhaust system seems tight checked by grabbing and shaking the pipes. I had my wife drive the car with the hood open while I walked alongside and it seemed like when she applied the brakes and the front end dipped the rattle could be heard briefly. However I have been stopped at a red light and it rattled enough that I put it in N to quiet it down. It sure seems like it is coming from the fan area but all seems to be tight. Maybe the grill but it's tight also. I did remove both front GT gaps thinking the emblems might be the culprit but not so. Also I found a transmission cooling line rubbing on the starter so I placed some folded over duct tape in between the two but that didn't help either.

Anybody had a similar problem and if so, what caused it?


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Check the fan clearance between the fan & fan shroud. They have been known to rub @ the bottom area.

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