John Gottstein wrote:
> I'm going crazy because of this rattling sound that suddenly started coming
> from my 1500 engine. It is a loud metallic hollow rattling that comes from
> area of the alternator. During idle the rattling is sporadic, but when I hit
> the gas, the sound is constant, and intensifies with more gas going to it. I
> tightened the two front belts, but that didn't help it.
> Does anyone have a suggestion for what it might be? Mike Graziano suggested
> might be the water pump. Would a water pump on the fritz make a rattling
> Thanks a lot,
> John Gottstein
> 1975 Midget
One way to find a noise is with a mechanics stethoscope. If you don't
have one you can use a socket extension of a piece of broom stick.
You just need something to transmit the noise to your ear. Whatever you
use keep it clear of moving parts, since it would not be fun to have
a broom stick driven into your ear. For the safety aspect the
mechanics stethoscope would be better. Just place your listening device
on the suspected rattle maker and see if you hear the noise being
transmitted up the stick/scope. Good luck.