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Engine rattle My 2002 Kia Sportage has an engine rattle that's driving me crazy! Someone told me it was a heat shield, but, I can't find it! HELP!!!

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Do you think it might be in the exhaust system?? This is the most likely source based on years of experience.



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It could very well be! Now that you mention it, the exhaust does sound louder when the engine is cold. Could that be a leak or something? But, it does get quieter after it warms up. Thanks for the response!

Posted on Aug 20, 2008


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the "rattle" will be detonation caused by spontaneous combustion from incorrect air/fuel ratio and incorrect ignition timing
it is most prominent under acceleration or under load ( up hills , high speeds etc) and will melt pistons if left unattended
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