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'98 Civix LX- front end metal rattling noise

I have a '98 Civic LX with approx. 115K miles- tons of stop and go city driving. When at low speeds or coasting, there is a metal rattling noise that comes from the front end. There is a definite loss of power that goes with it. Do I just need a tune-up or could it be cat. converter or something related?

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Sounds to me like the heat sheild on the exhaust!! simple enought to fix!!! no harm to get car serviced while your at it to

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