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    Here's a good one . My 02 vert has been completly trouble free until yesterday while crusing with the top down . I was sitting at the intersection when the light changed and started to pull away when I heard this not very loud rattle that I thought was coming from the car next to me . Well as it turned out it was coming from my car . It only made the rattling noise as i slowly accelerated away from a light . No noise while idle or just cruising . I got out to check & couldn't see anything so I Nailed the son-of-a-bitch , thats when it got real loud and I saw what looked like black pieces of plastic coming from under the car .It kinda sounded like it was coming from around the starter and flex plate and cover . I was close to home so I drove it on in . Now I have to decide whether to drive it to the shop or have it towed . It sits pretty low so I'm not sure I want to take a chance with a wrecker but not sure about driving it either . Anybody have any idea what it could possibly be ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z ROADSTER View Post
    Here's a good one . My 02 vert has been completly trouble free until yesterday while crusing with the top down . I was sitting at the intersection when the light changed and started to pull away when I heard this not very loud rattle that I thought was coming from the car next to me . Well as it turned out it was coming from my car . It only made the rattling noise as i slowly accelerated away from a light . No noise while idle or just cruising . I got out to check & couldn't see anything so I Nailed the son-of-a-bitch , thats when it got real loud and I saw what looked like black pieces of plastic coming from under the car .It kinda sounded like it was coming from around the starter and flex plate and cover . I was close to home so I drove it on in . Now I have to decide whether to drive it to the shop or have it towed . It sits pretty low so I'm not sure I want to take a chance with a wrecker but not sure about driving it either . Anybody have any idea what it could possibly be ?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated .
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    Sounds like it could have been a heat sheild all carboned up to look black! Is the sound gone?
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    NO ! Loud as hell . Increases with RPM .

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    could be your cats breaking apart...

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    ^ true ....... my heatshield broke on my driver side cat....after ur cars been parked a while u can grab the cat from the engine bay and pull on it to see if its loose......easy fix

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    is it original exhaust and how many miles. It might be time to replace your exhaust from rot

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    When I first began reading this, I thought it was gonna be differential chatter.

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    Just raise it up and have a peek. Sounds like the cheapo plastic shield that bolts in behind the starter has come loose,,,and the flywheel chewed it up. It rides within 1/4 inch of the flywheel and if moved much at all it wouldn't take much for the flywheel teeth and/or torque converter bolts to snag ahold of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebirdjones View Post
    Just raise it up and have a peek. Sounds like the cheapo plastic shield that bolts in behind the starter has come loose,,,and the flywheel chewed it up. It rides within 1/4 inch of the flywheel and if moved much at all it wouldn't take much for the flywheel teeth and/or torque converter bolts to snag ahold of it.
    There you go . Turns out that a torque converter bolt came out and was rattleing around the flex plate and starter . Destroyed both the flex plate & the starter,dust cover but nothing else . Go figure ! $807.00 later I'm on the road again . Could've been much much worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z ROADSTER View Post
    There you go . Turns out that a torque converter bolt came out and was rattleing around the flex plate and starter . Destroyed both the flex plate & the starter,dust cover but nothing else . Go figure ! $807.00 later I'm on the road again . Could've been much much worse.
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    Glad that helped and you found it. Sorry that it did that much damage though. Sure sounded like a good excuse to upgrade the torque converter though

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