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1993 ford tempo 2.3..makes a rattling sound at idle...if i kick up the stops..does that sound like a harmonic balancer??

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  • tom Sep 08, 2009

    the rattling noise goes away once i kick up the idle..or idle its loud..

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    marcial adorno May 11, 2010

    need more info does the sound is constant after you give it gas? the hamonic balancer will make noise all the time if it was damaged

  • David Strickland
    David Strickland Dec 10, 2013

    I'm having the same problem but the noise stops when I'm driving along. When I stop at a red light it gets loud again until I accelarate.



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Check the bolts to the flywheel they will rattle in idle if one or more are loose also the timing chain/belt if loose or worn,also check you idle pulleys. try to pin point the sound wile some one is in the car and have him rev the engine a bit .
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No, not the harmonic balancer ... that does nothing but offsets the crankshaft from being out of balance.
Sounds like a worn motor mount that is not completely broken. The engine is transferring vibration to the chassis through the worn motor mount.

Hope this helps.

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    Just Gort Sep 08, 2009

    No, the harmonic balancer never makes noise unless it is scraping on the plastic under it.

    Think about it ... If the motor mount is worn, the balancer could be scraping the plastic splash shroud (maybe all the time). It is the motor mount that is worn/broken.

    The balancer just spins and does nothing else. It was installed to balance the crank shaft when it was new.

  • knobe Jan 23, 2011

    Harmonic balancers do make noise when worn, they are made up of two peices of metal that are joined with rubber in order to dampen harmonics as well as ballance the engine.Anyways often a rattling sound at an idle and at early exceleration and then sound goes away as you speed up the engine a common problem with these engines,ford had a bad batch in the 1990's . So if your car has these symptoms just have your harmonic balancer replaced and no more rattle.

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    Just Gort Jan 24, 2011

    Thanks, knobe.



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