This is a long shot, but I thought I would ask...
I have a '99 CTD with 5-speed. When pulling away from a stop, there is a
momentary rattle coming from somewhere under the hood (sounds like it is
right behind, or near the firewall on driver's side). The sound is not real
loud, but it is noticeable. It sounds as though the engine is torquing
over and causing something to hit. It disappears quickly once the truck
I have yet to spot any marks where anything is rubbing/hitting, the motor
mounts seem to be OK, and I can't get it to make the noise by loading the
clutch while the vehicle is stationary.
I've never had a clutch "chatter" on me before, so I don't know if it
could be a clutch/pressure plate wearing out, but it doen't make any noise
up/down shifting, and doesn't feel as though the clutch is engaging
roughly, nor does it sound quite like what I imagine it would.
For some reason, I can't seem to convince anyone to ride under the hood and
listen for the noise when pulling away from a stop, so my long-shot
Is the rattle a common/known problem?
(Please, no "its a diesel, its supposed to rattle" answers :) )