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Old 05-11-2007, 06:54 PM   #1
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Default Weird Rattling in a '99 SL2

I'm the proud owner of a '99 SL2, and within the past few days, I've noticed a weird rattling noise in the car. It doesn't happen when the car is at idle or even if I drive along a smooth street at low speeds. It usually happens at 30 to 40 mph and up, and every time I hit a bump, that's when you can hear the rattling.

Does anybody have an idea of what could be the source of the rattling? It seems as if something is loose in the car, but from a quick glance, it doesn't seem so.
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Strut mounts...I think.
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Old 05-11-2007, 07:53 PM   #3
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I'll also add after driving a bit more today that the rattling seems to be from the front. I checked the muffler, and it doesn't seem to be loose, and the mounts on the car seem to be okay. Even at 10-20mph, as long as there's a bump or even any slight hint of uneven pavement, one can hear the rattling.

BTW, my car has 110,000 miles if that helps.
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Have you checked the motor mounts?! I know when my motor mount went bad I heard clunking noises everytime I stopped, LOL....aside from the annoying dashboard vibrations....if I were to lean on the hood with the engine running, it felt like a darn washing machine on spin cycle....I'm serious about that too, LOL. To check the motor mount that most often fails, it's right there by the engine next to the coolant reservoir, just stick your index finger between the rubber part of the mount and the metal part of the mount, if you can fit your finger in there, then it's time to replace it. Then again, one time I couldn't figure out what the hell was rattling in my car and I looked at everything, then come to find out it was just where the darn passenger seatbelt was positioned, LOL.

Check that motor mount if you don't think it's your strut mounts, or they appear to be fine....and if not, check it anyways, because they usually need replaced after 100,000 miles.
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I was finally able to figure out what was causing the weird rattling. The clip that holds the driver's side visor came loose and was hitting the ceiling repeatedly every time I drove over a bump. I took the clip out and I'll be looking in the garage for the appropriate screw to remount it!
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