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I have a 2020 Sedona EX with 39K miles on it.

I have a 2002 Sedona EX with 39K miles on it. Problem: When the car is started cold (first start of the day) and placed into gear a loud chattering noise is heard underneath the hood. If shift lever is placed into neutral, noise goes away. Noise goes away quickly after driving the car and will not reappear as long as car is "warm." Transmission fluid and filter replaced at 60 months. I recently had the battery, alternator, and belts replaced by a local mechanic.

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  • jcontarino3 Nov 20, 2009

    This makes sense to me. One thing I didn't state initially is that this noise did not appear until after my local mechanic had replaced the p/s, a/c and alt belts (no timing belt replaced). Is there any chance that this shield was in the way of the belt replacement? Or any chance a mechanic could hit this? Mechanic is a 22-year old under the supervision of the owner (two-mech shop). Not trying to dump on these guys but I do use them frequently for repairs and services on my three vehicles. Owner is a good guy and will do right by me if there is a chance that his mech erred. Regardless, they will be doing the repair to the shield. Thanks.

  • jcontarino3 Nov 20, 2009

    Solution makes perfect sense. My mechanic will have to confirm but I believe fingaz22 correctly diagnosed the problem. I appreciate his quick responses to my question and my follow-up.

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This sounds just like a heat shield on the exhaust on the manifold. what happens is when the car is cold the metal contracts and when the car is in gear IT IS UNDER LOAD AND CAUSE THE MOTOR TO SHAKE A LITTLE MORE THEN WHEN NO LOAD (Neutral) AND THE SHIELD RATTLES MAKING THE NOISE YOU HERE. ONCE THE HEAT FROM THE EXHAUST WARMS IT UP WITCH IS FAIRLY QUICK THE METAL EXPANDS AND GOES AWAY. (sorry for the caps didn't realize it). so the most common cause it the bolts rot off from rust and the fix is going to the dealer and getting a new one with new bolts. unfortunately these are not sold aftermarket and will need to be bought from a dealer. but your local shop can do that no problem.

if you have more question please ask. good luck and thanks.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009

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    michael schultz Nov 20, 2009

    no i don't thing so because it is on the side of the motor where the belts are on the front. but you never know. not a big thing at all and in most cases they can be tac welded and this is a 10 min repair. it is only there to sheild some of the direct heat from exhaust. it's always nice to have a good mech and let him mold that young kid and he will be good to. in time! well hope you make out okay!

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