1996 Ford Explorer Q&A

1996 Ford Explorer Question: loud rattling from engine compartment idling in drive. issues shifting into rev

no rattling while driving normal speeds. rattling greatly reduced when i shift into neutral while stopped at traffic light. i have been driving with the rattling for months. just recently started having occasional difficulty shifting into reverse ( auto trans). feels stuck or being forced. brake warning light has also been on for about six mos. -
Answer 1
is the rattle in front of the engine or between the engine and transmission? -
Comment 1
hard for me to tell. noise only occurs while in drive. no noise when i look under hood in park with engine running. also, my reverse gear problem has vanished once i discovered that my parking brake was engaged...how stupid is that ? i never use it...dont know how it got set. to answer your question, i tend to think the sound is coming more from the underside of the engine maybe slightly to the left. -
Answer 2
My 2000 exp. had the same problem. The idle pulley was worn and rattling at low rpms. Stopped when in park or neutral or hiwhay speed. -