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Old September 18th, 2012, 19:04
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Please help diagnose rattle/clunk on startup (video)

2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0 4x4 with about 150k.

I'm getting a fleeting rattle (clunk?) on startup, sometimes but not always followed by less obvious rattling that continues for almost a minute. It started doing this about three weeks ago and sounds like it's getting (slightly) worse.

The rattling seems to continue longer and is more prevalent if the Jeep is immediately driven off and turned to the right. Turning to the left doesn't seem to prolong the rattling. It's certainly possible, however, that this turning to the right thing is just in my head.

Symptoms are worse when cold.

I've laid under the Jeep, listened, held my hand on various parts (transfer case, oil pan, transmission, driveshaft, exhaust, etc.) and for the life of me I can't tell exactly where this is coming from. When sitting in the Jeep, it sounds like it's coming from the lower console area and/or under the driver's feet.

Fluids are good.

Here's the video with the camera held in various places. The rattle can be heard immediately on startup. Any ideas are appreciated.
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