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I am hearing a noise that rattles when I have my door open, it sounds like its coming from the exhast. When I lift the hood and listen to the motor running it just runs smooth. I am just no sure what it could be. Noisy lifters or? I changed the oil and put in a new pvc valve. A friend of mind checked the engine codes and he said that there are no hidden codes and that part seem alright. I was told bt others that my noise is common in fords. Could you give me some suggestions. Thanks, Bill Buck

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Check your catalytic convertor, these have a ceramic monolith inside which degrades and becomes loose in the housing, easily checked ! with the engine off, get underneath and hit the cat with your hand ( be sure its cold, the cat not your hand !!) if it's the monolith you will hear a dull rattle when you hit it. Eventually you will get a management light on dash when cat is U/S

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