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Old 12-22-2009, 09:55 PM
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Rattling noise on partial throttle... 260E

I hear it at a very specific throttle position and it sounds like really fast rattling, but disappears completely after a tad more gas. I can replicate it anytime hot or cold. It vanishes with a slight press further, not because of engine noise. Same noise regardless of speed or temperature.
It is definitely coming from the right side of engine (seated in car).

Really odd...Anybody got any ideas?

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Old 12-22-2009, 10:40 PM
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its pinging -- MY GUESS

low octane fuel - worn chains causing an incorrect cam sencer posision as the timing is concerned - if the motor is using oil evey tank full - loose piston #5 for some reason gets loud -

BUT dont worry to much about it unless its make you nuts but you may have to reach deep to start looking for it -- jz
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:04 PM
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I have a 1988 300 SE with rattling on right side disappearing with throttle advancement. Mine is caused by the exhaust pipe just barely tapping the top of the steering idler arm. You might check your engine and or transmission mounts.
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:39 AM
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Loose heat shield or exhaust clamps at the manifold?
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:22 AM
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Belt idler shock? These usually rattle with time from a worn out mounting bushing. If it is loose when you push against it, this is a likely source of such a noise.


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