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Re: engine rattle

-- [ From: Huw Powell * EMC.Ver #3.1a ] --

> I've been checking out my rattle noise, It is extremely loud at
> times, then its gone, when driving around and I come to a stop, and
> then accelerate it will rattle then stop. It never did this before,
> any ideas?

I had a rattle, mostly under power, that was getting slowly worse (over a
week - 10 days) in my 83 5kt.  Turned out to be a crank bearing.  While I
would say, can you try to isolate the conditions under which it rattles, I
would also say, drive it carefully one short trip to a mechanic.

Could the exhaust be loose/hitting something?

The last thought is knocking.  Try retarding the timing ten or fifteen
degrees (may have to turn up the idle?) to see if it goes away.  

Otherwise get it off the road before you make it worse....

Huw Powell
HUMAN Speakers