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Tin Can Rattle - 97 Safari 2WD

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Hello Gang!

I just bought my van over the weekend, so I haven't had a chance to investigate this noise myself yet. It sounds like a marble inside a sealed tin can being shaken back and forth rapidly. It's coming from somewhere in the rear, it's completely random and only does it in the first 15 minutes from a cold start. The PO told me it has done this from the time they bought it new and no one has ever been able to figure it out...Probably because it is so random, no tech wants to waste his time with it. The van doesn't have to be rolling, I heard it last night sitting still.

TIA and Merry Christmas!
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I don't know if it's the same noise, but my '97 has a noise 10-15 minutes after startup since new. Mine goes chk, chk, chk then usually makes the same noise again a few minutes later. I've always assumed it was the charcoal cansister purge opening up, but idk for sure.

I bought the van when my kids were 2-3 and they used to get a kick out of noticing the noise. They're 14-15 now, and they think I'm nuts when I say "there's the noise" with the same child like enthusiasm that they used to say it with.
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