Rattling noise in the rear

honda
accord
noises

#1

I’ve been working overtime the last 3 weeks so I have not had time to take my car to the mechanic. However, I was wondering what you think could be causing the following noise. I drive a 1996 honda accord EX 2.2L 4 cyclinder with 178,000 miles.



(1) 2 weeks ago I noticed the car pulling to the left.



(2) two days ago, I’ve noticed a rattling sound coming from the rear. It sounds like it’s coming from under the car. My initial instinct was maybe a loose muffler. However, I looked under and the muffler doesn’t look loose. (Maybe noise coming from inside the muffler?) I hear this rattling sound when I press on the gas at low speeds, especially when I’m driving around the neighborhood. At higher speeds such as on highways, I don’t hear the sound since my window is up and I haven’t been on the highway much.



The next day I get off, I plan to get my alignment checked. Do you think the rear rattling noise is related to that? For some reason I’m thinking muffler. thanks for the help.


#2

Muffler doesnt "look lose? You need to grab ahold of it n feel for "lose. Possibly from inside muffler but check all the hangers for exhaust system. Where is your spare tire mounted?


#3

thanks peacefrog. I’m not near my car right now but when I get a chance I will grab ahold of the muffler to feel for loose. I don’t know much about cars so not sure what you mean by hangers for exhaust system? My spare tire is inside the trunk in a compartment under the truck lining.