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Low Rattling sound at low RPM

My engine has started having a gurgling/rattling sound when I start driving it.

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Be sure to check the oil level. It could be that you are very low on oil and your oil pump if gurgling.

Once you're sure you have oil, if you still have a problem then you need to have a mechanic verify it's not a loose/misaligned timing chain which is a common issue for this year/make/model mini. The issue sounds like this:

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