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2003 Xterra. Enigine making terrible racket.

The engine is making a terrible racket when it starts and when driving. No loss of speed or running hot. Also the battery (replaced 09/06) now won't stay charged. When it is does run now the dashboard lights are flashing on/off and the car sputters for a bit then as soon as you come to a stop it shuts down. Then you have to jump it to restart.

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  • rhema316 Jan 14, 2009

    Thanks for replying so quickly! Hard describe but it almost sounds as if there is something lose and is banging around. It doesn't sound like metal grinding but more like a real loud rattling sound. If the alternator is going bad could it make that kind of noise?

  • rhema316 Jan 15, 2009

    Thank you for the fast response. If the pulley's are the problem would that also explain the battery losing charge and the running rough?

  • John Larsen May 11, 2010

    what kind of racket?? It sounds like its either a tensioner pully for the belt or your altenator is bad.

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Start the truck and then look at all the pulleys under the hood....see if any wobble or anything also listen to see if any make noise....

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