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



supplesonics, 4.0L V6, Los Angeles, CA, December 10, 2012, 13:42

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.

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  • Answer #1

    December 10, 2012, 18:25

    is the rattle in front of the engine or between the engine and transmission?

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    supplesonics, December 10, 2012, 21:48

    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.

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    May 13, 2013, 14:33

    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.

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