I'm new to this forum. I've had a '98 Firebird convertible (6 cyl) for about 6 years now. I love the car, but I have one complaint. I bought it when it had 17,000 mi. Now it has 75,000. Ever since I have owned it, there has been an annoying metallic rattle in the engine compartment somewhere. I only hear it under light acceleration at slower speeds (0 mph - 20 mph). I have looked many times for it and can't find it. It won't do it sitting still and just revving the engine in PARK. The car has to be in gear, and rolling. Has anybody else in here ever experienced that? And WHAT IS IT? It sounds like it has to be easy to fix. It is obviously just some metal vibrating against metal, but I can't find it. Six years is long enough. HELP!!!
I once thought it sounded like a heat shield, so I took a piece of radiator hose and wedged it into the place that I thought might be vibrating, but it didn't help. I guess it could still be a heat shield, but I haven't found it. Thanks.
I have a heat shield loose, but one day the rattle got worse, and really loud. I finally found out it was the passenger cup holder. The metal piece that keeps the cup from falling straight through was loose and rattling. I took it off and I havnt heard any interior rattling since. I still have the heat shield loose... gotta fix that...
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I have a convertable as well & ever since I got my long tube headers installed Ive been hearing that same sounding rattle like your describing.
Turns out the left header was hitting against the something or other.
So you may want to check your headers.
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