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Old 03-12-2014, 09:29 PM   #1
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Deep Rattle 88 YJ

Have been looking for the source for a long time. It sounds and feels like it is coming from where driver's right foot rests on gas pedal. I have ruled out exhaust and pretty much anything I can put my hands on underneath or order the hood. It seems to be worse at some times even on the same type bumps. Any help appreciated because it drives me absolutely crazy!!!

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Old 03-13-2014, 02:36 AM   #2
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Tranny mount on the skid plate?

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Old 03-13-2014, 03:48 AM   #3
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Tranny mount on the skid plate?
I vote for this also. I just had to fix a loose tranney mount bolt to the skid plate yesterday.
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:49 AM   #4
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Keep in mind, it is a Jeep. Could be any number of things broken or falling off. Matter of fact, probably most pieces are rusted or falling off.

Check the leaf spring bushings.
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:56 PM   #5
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Bushing on the bottom of the steering column. Actually called lower steering column bearing. Its the part of the column that is out under the hood, just under the brake booster.

I chased that rattle for a few months till I found that little bastard!
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:36 PM   #6
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Bushing on the bottom of the steering column. Actually called lower steering column bearing. Its the part of the column that is out under the hood, just under the brake booster. I chased that rattle for a few months till I found that little bastard!
I have tried shaking the steering column everything else by hand and cannot duplicate the noise. Was yours lose to the point of being able to hear it by doing that? Appreciate the input!
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:41 PM   #7
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I had an annoying rattle. Then my windshield wipers suddenly stopped working. So I dropped the windshield today and found a lighter jammed in the wiper arms. Rattle finally went away. There was a bunch of other junk in there too from the previous owner.
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I have tried shaking the steering column everything else by hand and cannot duplicate the noise. Was yours lose to the point of being able to hear it by doing that? Appreciate the input!
Open the hood and grab the steering sector shaft. Going from the firewall down to the steering box, and try rattling that. You cant get it to rattle from the steering wheel side.
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Old 03-14-2014, 11:59 AM   #9
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Could be your leaf springs. I had a rattle like that, but didn't know what caused it until I installed a suspension lift and one of the front leaf springs came off in two pieces.

Mine was cracked in two where it wraps around the rear bolt on the leaf spring. If it pulls during braking as well then this could be your culprit.
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:23 PM   #10
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Finally found the DAMN rattle. It was the hood hinges rattling because the hood cowl weather seal was worn out. I replaced that along with the hood bumpers and for the first time in six years, no rattle. Words cannot describe how annoying that rattle was.

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