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Old 07-28-2011, 06:36   #1 (permalink)
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Odd Metal Rattling Noise on E250

I have a 96 Ford E250 with about 160,000 miles on it. I have been getting a rattling/metal clanging noise (hard to describe) when I am accelerating over 45mph. When I let off the gas, the noise will stop. This just started and it happens randomly.

I noticed my transmission fluid was low and I just filled that and haven't heard the noise when I drove it for a few minutes after this.....

Any ideas? Thanks in advance,
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:10   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Odd Metal Rattling Noise on E250

Could be something like a heatshield , exhaust bracket , or a loose baffle plate but many possible causes and hard to diagnose without hearing it .If it's gone now , great .
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Could low transmission fluid have caused this? That is back at a normal level now.
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:46   #4 (permalink)
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Cant really see why low ATF would cause it , but it's not the first or last time that I couldn't explain why something similar cured a fault . You live and learn with cars every day .
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Might of been the torque converter. Some can sound like marbles rattling in a coffee can.
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:43   #6 (permalink)
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Just as a point of interest , how much ATF did you put in ?
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I put in a quart down where I pulled out the dipstick and put it in there with a funnel.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:16   #8 (permalink)
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I put in a quart down where I pulled out the dipstick and put it in there with a funnel.

That's not too bad , keep us informed if noise stays away after you get a few miles on the clock ?
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Will do....I will be driving it on Friday and Saturday and will report back.
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Old 07-29-2011, 00:35   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Odd Metal Rattling Noise on E250

If it has a two piece drive shaft, have a look at the carrier bearing, aka "Drive Shaft Center Support"

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