Ford explorer rattling noise when accelerating

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20 ST-drivers seat clicking/rattle noise

I had the same problem with the rattling noise. It sounded like it was coming from the back. I made all the checks I could with seat belts, second row seats forward/back,
third row seats up/down. I sat in the back while my wife drove and could not pin down where the noise was coming from. I even had rear seat passengers telling me
the sound was coming from the front. :(I finally had a tech from the dealer ride in the back while I drove it to the local streets where the sound was most notable. Bingo...
He found the noise coming from the back of the drivers side second row seat backrest. When they got it in the shop they removed seat backrest from seat bottom, removed
backrest cover a found a loose screw inside.

A few weeks later I also had the Ford TSB done that fixed a clunk/shift in the drivers seat when cornering.



My new (used, but new for me) SUV lets out a strange throaty rattling noise when I accelerate. It kicks in around 2300 RPM's or so when I'm driving, but if I am parked and rev the engine, the noise is not present.

Could this possibly be an exhaust rattle of some sort? Strange that it does not happen when I'm parked. But if it's not exhaust, I fear this might be a transmission problem. Any input?

The vehicle:
2002 Ford Explorer
80,000 miles
4.0L engine
automatic transmission
no fluid leaks

have the same problem?
Monday, May 14th, 2007 AT 12:39 AM
Only thing I can think of is flex pipe in the exhuast. Hard ecceleration get the noise?
Monday, May 14th, 2007 AT 7:19 AM
Thanks for the reply!

And yes, happens during hard acceleration. Or just normal acceleration. Seems a bit worse for harder acceleration or when the engine is under load, like when going uphil. Sounds almost like a tricking-out resonator.
Monday, May 14th, 2007 AT 10:08 AM
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just went in for my regular service only to find out there was a problem with my transmission. I had complained early on about the truck "hanging" in gear going down hills, was told they would download an update to the truck "computer", never fixed a thing. Truck also takes a bit of time to go into gear when going from reverse into drive (like when backing out of your driveway).

I own 4 ford vehicles, have always owned ford, but I have to say this transmission on the 02 ford sucks big time. It is obvious from what I read that there is a major problem here that ford needs to fix and pay for 100%.

I have been told by Ford that it may only end up costing $300-400 to repair, which is the 25% I have to pay and that ford will end up eating the 75%. I suppose its better than the $1000.00 I would have to pay if they had to replace the transmission.

Point being its FIVE years old, and quite honestly Ford should eat the whole cost. The truck is scheduled for a diagonis next week, who knows what else they will find.

- Sue C., Vancouver, BC, Canada

2003 Ford Explorer Motor Noise...NOT!! I found the Knock noise! -Yea!

When you notice unusual sounds on your Ford Explorer you tend to stress about them. Specifically when you feel a noise when you accelerate on your Ford Explorer. It is automatically assimilated to an engine motor trouble and can therefore be considerable. As we know that you do not take these complications lightly, we have chosen to publish this content to help you find the causes and eradicate this matter as quickly as possible. To do this, we will first see what are the causes of a high pitched noise when accelerating with my Ford Explorer, then what is a whistling or ratling noise at the acceleration of my Ford Explorer, then the sources of a noise that intensifies during acceleration and to finish a noise that stops when I stop accelerating.noise-when-acceleratingford-explorer

Ma Ford Explorer makes a high-pitched noise when I accelerate:

If your Ford Explorer generates a loud noise when you accelerate, it is quite plausible that the alternator belt is the induce of your trouble. You will need to define if this noise takes place suddenly and if it can stop as it started. The alternator belt is a wearing part that is employed to bring power to the secondary components of your Ford Explorer’s engine and although it is less important than the timing belt it can induce engine problem if it stops working. This sound may be a symptom of a slackened belt, in which case the tensioner roller or its wear and tear may be responsible. In any case, examine the state of your belt and its tension. If it causes this acceleration noise on Ford Explorer, go to your technician.

Ma Ford Explorer makes whining noise when I accelerate:

  • Rattling or whistling noise generated by the turbo
  • If you have a power loss that accompanies the rattling noise when you accelerate with your Ford Explorer, it is possible that your turbo is failing and some of its components are at the end of their life. Examine it and swap it if it is the induce, otherwise you risk blockage your engine in the long run. If you notice this blowing or whistling sound on your car, feel free to refer to this content page about turbo noises on Ford Explorer, if you would like more info.

  • Humming noise caused by air leakage
  • If, on the other hand, you do not feel any power loss due to an humming noise on your Ford Explorer, it is more than likely that you have one of your junctions or air hoses that has holes. So examine the whole air supply system from your air filter to your engine to determine the origin of this acceleration sound.

Ma Ford Explorer generates an increasingly loud noise when I accelerate:

If, on the other hand, you have the feeling that the more you gain speed, the more your noise at acceleration on Ford Explorer gets loud, then you will have to check out the rolling parts of your vehicle. Indeed, if this loud noise does not surface when you iddle, it is certainly in connection with your transmission, and, in general, to your wheels. The most known reason is the state of your bearings, so remember to examine their condition to ensure that it is not the reason of this loud noise when you accelerate. If not, go to this article about the noises related to Ford Explorer noise wheels.

Ma Ford Explorer creates a noise when I accelerate that ceases when I stop accelerating:

To finish, if you encounter a noise when accelerating with your Ford Explorer and this noise which could be a cliking sound tends to reduce when you disengage (press the clutch pedal), then one of the wear parts of your clutch system may be the reason. Indeed, the clutch release bearings must be changed around every 120 000 / 130 000km. To check it, you just have to see if you have more difficulty than every time shifting gears, if you feel a resistance either stronger or non-existent in the clutch pedal. If you have any of these symptoms, go to your technician to swap the clutch release bearings on your Ford Explorer. Look at our article on clutch noise on Ford Explorer for more information.


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Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds Problems of Ford Explorer

1 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2016 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 12/25/2019

While I was driving on the highway going no more 70mph, when the engine started to make a whining noise and the truck started bucking. Then the truck stopped abruptly as if someone hit the brake then a loud pop noise. Once we pulled to the shoulder, smoke came through the vent and from under the hood. Within 15 second fire sparks was shooting from the bottom of the truck then by the next 10 second fire started shooting from under the hood. The entire front of the truck was engulfed. No warning, no check engine light, nothing. I have always had my regular maintenance done. Last one done 10/2019. Now I'm out of a vehicle with no warning from Ford. I've only had this truck 9 months which I purchased with an extended warranty in March 2019.

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2 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2014 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 11/01/2019

I'm getting cel error code p0016. There is a rattling noise on startup and sometimes during highway driving everyday. My Explorer sport has 65,340 miles on it, w ay to soon for a timing chain. The dealer stated I probably have timing chain stretch and there no TSB to resolved the issue in my truck even though I have the same ecoboost engine as the f150 that the TSB 17-0026 does apply to. Why not the Ford Explorer that has same exact engine as f150 with the same problem? why was the Ford Explorer ecoboost left out of the TSB? there's an issue with the engine not model of truck. I'm hopefully looking for Ford to honer the TSB for my vehicle that has the same engine defect.

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3 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2017 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 07/15/2019

Tl the contact owns a 2017 Ford Explorer. While the vehicle was at a stop light, the vehicle shook and a rattling noise was heard coming from the engine. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

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4 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2015 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 09/18/2018

This complain is for Ford Explorer sport 2015 that I own and has 26,000miles. I bought this car brand new from the dealer and I've been having a problem with steering wheel. Every time when I get out from the parking or trying to park the car,I turn the steering wheel left and right and I get this squeezing noise. Beside this problem, the engine makes a whistle noise when is parked. I had this whistle noise 4months after I got the car from the dealer. I did send it to the dealer service for this whistle, they didn't find any issue, which it really upset me. I'm very disappointed with Ford service and brand itself, and the fact that I'm find in more complains about the steering wheel noise and not being recalled as a problem to be solved. I would never ever recommand to anyone to buy Ford. This is bad business!.

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5 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2012 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 07/14/2017

Turbo gone bad - car began making loud rattle noise when started. Noise would subside some after a few minutes. Car has been very slow to accelerate, whenever it's being driven, over the last few months. Have to really press down all the way on the gas in order to keep it going. The mpg have been steadily declining as well over the last few months. Dealer told me it's a "turbo problem". Was told that 180 other 2012 Explorers are also affected, parts on back-order for six weeks. Can't drive car. Repair cost approximately $3500. Ford offering no relief at this point.

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6 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2010 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 05/23/2017

The contact owns a 2010 Ford Explorer. While driving various speeds, the contact heard a rattling noise coming from the engine. In addition, the key failed to eject from the ignition switch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (irvin motors in san antonio, TX), but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 103,999.

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7 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 02/13/2015

Second owner of this vehicle and had for almost a year. Driving son to school and suddenly heard a loud rattling noise under hood. Took directly to mechanic and found out timing chain was going. Mechanic said he had seen this problem a lot in this model and around the same mileage.

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8 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 03/03/2014

The car was idling rough and the "service engine" light kept coming on, even after I had the auto repair shop (pep boys) check and fix things. They advised me to go to the Ford dealer, and said it may be the timing chain. Future Ford ran diagnostic, said it may be timing chain but have to open engine to verify. Estimate for repairs $1500 to open engine and $2500 to fix). Did not have work done yet. The engine has a loud rattling sound that started suddenly and has gotten worse, and increases upon acceleration. There is an oily smell. At stop light when idling, the idle is slow and a loud knocking sound - idle sounds like car is about to shut off. The normal idle sound for the car is smooth and like a soft hum. Called Ford to see if there is a recall for this problem, as there are many complaints similar to mine that are listed on the Ford website about several years of the Ford Explorer. Mileage now is 150,000 miles. Ford said there is no recall, but keep receipts for work done in case of one in the future.

9 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 10/13/2012

I was backing up to the garage to unload the stuff in the back and the car made a loud whinning noise and took off fast. . I couldn't stop the truck. .

10 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2009 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 03/03/2012

Transmission problem: delayed shifting from gear to gear, and incidents of the transmission slipping out of park and into gear, problems also in the transmission's delay in shifting into reverse and out of reverse. Loud thunk when shifting from neutral to reverse. Struggling to reach 50 miles an hour with a whinning sound from the transmission when shifting gears.

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11 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 02/11/2009

2003 Ford Explorer 4. 0 sohc engine rattle noise. I guess there is alot of issues due to this problem. Timing chasis.

12 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2001 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 01/09/2009

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Explorer. The contact heard rattling noises in the engine and the vehicle shut off. The vehicle was taken to a body shop and the mechanic stated that she needed a new transmission. The contact got a second opinion and was informed that a new engine was needed. A third repair shop stated that the timing chain and camshaft were the causes of the failure. The contact was informed that the parts were modified and were defective; therefore, entirely new parts were needed. The vehicle has not been repaired. The dealer diagnosed the issue as having engine failure. The failure and current mileages were 135,000.

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13 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 03/31/2008

2003 Ford Explorer. Consumer writes in regards to humming/whining noise in the rear end of vehicle and a frequent leak in the differential. The consumer stated several components such as the ring an pinion, bearings, seals and gear and pinion were all replaced. However, the issue remained unresolved. Also, the rear hatch was cracked. When the consumer inquired about a replacement and its cost, the dealer advised against the replacement/repair as the new hatches had the same problem. The vehicle overheated and had to be towed to the dealer. A diagnosis revealed a damaged thermostat housing.

14 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2005 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 03/21/2007

- the contact has a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT. The contact stated that there is a rattle in her engine. The mechanic stated that the problem was with the timing chain. The rattling noise was loudest while driving over 40 mph, and he stated that the weather was not a factor. The contact stated that the noise occurs every day. The failure and current mileage were both 75,000 miles.

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15 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 03/18/2005

1. Rear end howling noise (3/18/2005) - hear noise when accelerating between 40 and 65 mph. When letting off of accelerator, noise goes away, comes back again when accelerator is pushed again. Dealer service dept replaced rear carrier bearings, cup, seals, and spacer in rear differential. Noise now occurs between 65 and 70 mph. Was taken back to dealer service dept on 4/11/2005. Was informed 4/20/2005 that rear differential was adjusted with new spacer, but noise is still there. Service manager has another Ford Explorer on lot and test drove it. This Explorer has same noise between 40 and 65 mph. One of the techs (who used to work at a Ford dealership) told service manager that alot of 2002 Ford Explorer owners have been having this problem. Ford has no solution or cure. 2. Noise in timing chain area. Ford has a TSB on this. I can hear this rattling noise coming from this area and told dealership to look into it. They could not duplicate the noise, although when test driving it with assist. Service manager, I could still hear the noise, but he could not. I had my local mechanic check this out, and they can hear the noise that I'm talking about. This problem has yet to be fixed. 3. Vibration coming from front end on interstate that starts at around 70+ mph. When climbing a steep hill on interstate and transmission downshifts, can feel a grinding noise in powertrain. Dealer believes that the fluid in the transfer case might need to be changed,causing clutches inside to stick. Will find out tomorrow (4/21/2005).

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16 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 12/30/2003

Since the vehicle was purchased, my husband and I have noticed the engine makes a whistling noise in cold weather between 25-40 mph. The noise used to go away after driving for approximately 15-20 minutes. It no longer does. So far this winter, I have noticed the engine continuing to make the whistling sound entire 35-45 minute commutes. The speed now ranges from 25-70 mph and comes and goes throughout the drive. The dealership has kept the car for a few days (in previous years) and have not had a fix for this issue.

17 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 06/01/2003

Rear glass opened while driving. Loud whistling noise coming from under dash/engine. No power. Stalls on take off.

18 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2000 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 03/28/2002

Shortly after purchasing the vehicle used with 16000 miles, I began to notice a vibration and rattling sound while at idle. It appears to happen more often when the a/c compressor is running, causing the idle rpm's to be even lower. At this low idle speed of around 500-600 rpm, the vibration and rattling occurs and only stops if the rpm's are increased. And while driving recently with 32600 miles on the vehicle, the rpm's seemed to be abnormally high, resulting in increased braking effort to slow the vehicle, and at startup of the engine, initial idle speeds of up to 2500 rpm. Engine temperture was also noted to be above the typical operating temperature and could only be lowered by setting the heater & fan on high to remove heat from the coolant. Nlm.

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19 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 10/01/2001

I ha d a warranty through Ford motor CO. They will not honor it nor will the dealership I complained about this loud metallic rattling noise they (the dealerships service writers) said that the problem was fixed back in October it was not nearly a half a year later there was enough engine damage that it needed to be replaced my extended warranty states "if the front cam chain guide is not functioning properly it will be replaced by Ford free of charge any other engine damage clearly resulting from a worn or broken front cam chain guide is also covered by this extended coverage" again this extended coverage is not being honored by Ford or the servicing dealership.

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20 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 1999 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 07/16/2001

Engine makes a rattling noise, consumer constantly went to dealer to diagnose the problem. After doing 2-3 diagnostic tests, no problem was found, consumer went to another dealer for a second opinion and a rebuild engine was put in. Bolt to engine cylinder broke off and a new head was ordered. Consumer is still not satisfied that engine is not running smoothly and still hear irregular noises, dealer identified the noise and informed consumet that is was normal, consumer also blames dealer for selling her the vehicle with defective firestone tires, consumer had to purchase 5 new tires.

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21 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 06/02/2001

Timing chain was making a rattle noise and we had it checked out and they said that they had a safety recall .

22 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 05/01/2001

There is a constant rattling noise when driving. Dealer determined it was the timing chain. Please provide additional information.

23 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 2000 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 03/04/2001

Purchsed vehicle new. After 6000 miles engine developed a rattling sound when cold. Dealer replaced engine and new engine makes same sound after 6000 miles. Dealer says it is a characteristic of the ohv engine. If so, why did they replace it in the first place.

24 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 1999 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 01/08/2001

Automatic transmission is slipping in any gear. It doesn't shift gears correctly when accelerating. Transmission only shifts correctly into 1st gear, and double shifts into 2nd and 3rd gears after letting off gas. Transmission shifts sometimes from high to low, causing vehicle to pull. Overdrive light intermittently would go on and off. Was repaired at dealer. On 1-18-2001. Dealer replaced multiple parts in transmission 02-15-2001, transmission locked up and wouldn't move. Torque converter and pump with housing were replaced. On 6-29-2001, transmission was still pulling. Dealer replaced a stuck evr valve and replaced it. Front and rear rotors warped, dealer replaced, abs light illumianted, dealer replaced rear speed sensor, brakes are noisy. Passenger window shakes, dealer lubed tracks. Motor makes rattling noise when being driven steadily. Steering gets stiff and makes a whining noise. Air conidtioner was repaired. Goodyear tire blewout, this tire was a replacement for firestone recall 00t005.

25 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer

Failure Date: 10/07/2000

I heard a noise while leaving parking lot. Immediately there was a rattling sound in the motor, then the truck stalled. . The vehicle was towed into the dealership. Their diagnosis is the engine needs to be replaced because of a timing chain failure that jumped loose and knocked a hole in the left valve cover. There was no prior warning or occurence before this happened.

26 Engine Rattling And Whining Sounds problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer

Cam chain tensionners replaced at 19004 miles Dec. 1998 but still making rattling noise when starting.

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