When the engine is running, but the vehicle is not moving, a rattle heard from beneath the vehicle could indicate that one of the exhaust catalytic converters has failed. The substrate (the internal part of the catalyst that reduces emissions) can loosen and bounce around inside the canister section of the converter—the defective unit will need to be replaced. If this problem is ignored, the substrate can break down and reduce to a size that plugs the outlet pipe, which will cause a sudden loss in power.
Rattle From Beneath Vehicle on Mercedes-Benz CLK320
Average mileage: 58,453 (25,860–90,000)
10 people reported this problem
2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK320 25,860 mi, Visitor
One of the two small catalytic converters under the middle of the car is rattling. Diagnosis is a plate has come loose. Still working on an affordable fix.
Exact same symptoms... Took the car to an independent MB repair shop and they replaced the catalytic converters. $900 dollars later, the problem is now fixed.
2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK320 59,500 mi, Visitor
Rattling noise underneath car, dealer service says catalytic converter has failed. The dealer and corporate refuses to honor the 80K warranty claiming the car is more than 8 Year old.