When pressing the gas pedal/accelerator, from 0-40 mph, there's rattling noise on 2001 Nissan Xterra

When first accelerating, there is a rattling noise, similar to vavles ratting, sounds like underneath the front

by in Decatur, GA on June 26, 2012
2 answers
ANSWER by on June 26, 2012
Have a shop check the knock sensor
ANSWER by on June 27, 2012
or you can check for loose /rusted exhaust heat shields. Will it make the same rattle if your going up a steep hill at a steady 30 MPH and then accelerate in the same manner (moderate or hard on the throttle you don't say) same symptoms cold or warm engine ?FULL tank of premium (I like sunoco -ultra when available) see if that makes a difference then we can go right back to the detonation or 'spark knock' and determine the correct coarse of action. You don't have a gravel driveway , do you?