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Hi, I've got a rattle coming from the engine bay that goes away when I
push in my clutch. Its getting pretty loud? Is this something I
should really be concerned about? Also, will worn struts cause a lot
of play in my steering wheel?
Thanks in advance!!
 
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On Wed, 01 Feb 2006 19:21:02 -0800, John Michael wrote:

> Hi, I've got a rattle coming from the engine bay that goes away when I
> push in my clutch. Its getting pretty loud? Is this something I
> should really be concerned about? Also, will worn struts cause a lot
> of play in my steering wheel?
> Thanks in advance!!


I would bring it some place you trust, and very soon. Worst cases: CV
joints are about to give up totally, or the Rack and Pinion is going bad,
possible an inner tie rod end. If it separates, you lose steering ability...

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A young girl I know told me I drive like an old man

I told her, actually, I drive like Mario Andretti.
It's just that too many other people on the road
drive like Paul Tracy...
 
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"John Michael" <[email protected]il.com> wrote in message
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> Hi, I've got a rattle coming from the engine bay that goes away when I
> push in my clutch. Its getting pretty loud? Is this something I
> should really be concerned about? Also, will worn struts cause a lot
> of play in my steering wheel?
> Thanks in advance!!
>


Assuminng that the rattle occurs in neutral with the car stopped, apply the
parking brake, chock the wheels, open the hood, and with a long screwdriver,
place the tip around the engine and transmission and listen to the handle
and to see where the rattle is coming from. Make sure you stay away from
the cooling fan blades and accessory drive belts!

Without hearing the rattle, it is hard to diagnose but possibilities are the
catalytic converter heat shield and wire harnesses/cables touching sheet
metal or plastic. If it is a heat shield, tap it with a hammer just hard
enough to put a dimple in the shield so it doesn't act like a diaphram. If
it is a wire harness or cable rattling against something, use a plastic zip
tie to reposition the wire/cable.

Worn struts will not cause a lot of play in the steering wheel. Worn struts
will make the front end sag and/or wallow when hitting bumps. Play in the
steering wheel could be caused by worn or damaged rack ends or improper
pinion preload on the steering rack. Pinion preload is generally
accomplished with a crush sleeve so they do not get loose unless the rack
and/or pinion is severely worn, which will not happen before the rack ends
wear out.
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The rattle sounds like a worn release bearing in the bell housing - you
described it perfectly. Whether or not it requires attention depends on
how loud it is. Have a technician listen to it.
 
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