Ok, not having anything smart a$$ or politically hot to get into
I actually have a mechanical post for a change!
For a while now I have been noticing a bit of an odd rattle from my engine. At first I thought it was an exhaust noise, but it seems to be coming from the area where the bell housing meets the block. (I have the auto-stick automatic trans).
Power in the car seems unchanged. The rattle sounds like a tin can inside another tin can being shaken, is most prominent at idle, and out of gear. Once in forward gear, it quiets way down, and with a little RPM rise goes quiet. I hear it again when I coast down, if there is a Jersey barrier to reflect the sound. It is quite prominently heard outside the vehicle. It varies with RPM as well.
I am hoping it is not a bearing issue: I do not think it is, anyway... I did an engine rattle search, and found one similar posting(out of 2414, well, the 100 or so I went through) where someone wrote about a flexplate defect(?) or issue that sounded like what I have.
Anybody have any more comments on this flexplate issue? How to determine, etc?