1988 Dodge Colt Rattle & Power Loss


Old 05-17-04, 12:17 PM
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1988 Dodge Colt Rattle & Power Loss


I have a 1988 Dodge Colt 1.4l 4 Cilinder

the engine has been running fine for about 5 months now since we took it to a friend who was vary knowledgable about Cars.

Here are two issues that I believe are seperate but have come up recently.

1. The Car seems slower after the timing and the idle was adjusted, what can I do to see what it could be thats slowing the car down.

2. When I have the car idle theres a quiet metal raddle noise...when I accelerate the noise becomes louder, I like to compare the sound to a very loud Coffee maker sound Hopefully you know what i mean by that. What could it be? I had a few people tell me its possibly something loose in the muffler? I dont know thats why im here =/

I cant afford to take it to a mechanic Since im using the money to buy a new car, im selling the dodge and I just was hoping you could help me fix the problems before i put it for sale.

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Old 05-17-04, 01:53 PM
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The rattle is most likely a loose heat shield or converter rattling.The loss of power may be due to the fact that the timing was set improperly and was ok in the first place.

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