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1999 Ford Windstar Question: Rattle Noise at idle



cincybob, 3.8L V6, Cincinnati, OH, June 30, 2009, 20:20

I hear a rattle type noise at idle- seems to be coming from under the black plastic intake- the noise goes away on accel- i thought it sounded like a waterpump- but it seems to from under the intake-someone said there was a "balance shaft" that sometimes goes bad on theis engine. any ideas?

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    July 06, 2009, 18:45

    sometimes the serpentine belt will make a noise that sounds like a rattle, with the engine off spray a little belt grip ( available at auto parts stores ) your vehicle also has a belt tensioner pulley and idler pulley that could be failing.

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    Visitor, March 25, 2010, 22:57

    it is the older style 2 piece air plenum...ford has updated this part...

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    Visitor, July 01, 2010, 12:00

    Is this a factory recall item?

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