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Loud rattling noise coming from front of the engine by harmonic

Sounds like ball bearings are bouncing around in a steel pan. but when i reeve up my motor to 2000 rpms it quites but at idle it sounds horrible

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Sounds like a bad water pump or a tensioning pulley.

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