I have a 2001 Infinity QX4. While driving slowly a rattling noise started in the engine area. The noise continued when the car is parked and idling. (audio clip 1). I opened the hood to look but did not touch anything. I did not see any obvious problems. I then closed the hood somewhat forcefully. The noise stopped!
I drove the car about 10 minutes with no noise. They next day the noise recurred, again when idling. This time the noise did not occur in “Park” and did not occur in “Drive” but started when I put the car in “Reverse”. The noise happens when car is in “Reverse” and not moving or “Reverse” and actually driving in reverse. (audio clip 2). The car seems to drive fine.
The car was recently serviced, including tightening and repacking the front wheel bearings, reconnecting a failed exhaust system connection with a splice (the joint between the catalytic converter and the muffler), and replacing the crankshaft position sensor, 3 ignition coils and 3 spark plugs. Several mechanics inspected the car a few weeks ago before the noise started, and did not find any other problems. The exhaust heat shield was loose and removed a few weeks ago during the exhaust system repair. I think there is only one heat shield but I’m not sure. There are no obvious visible problems with the exhaust system - based on just looking under the car when it is parked.
Any ideas? Thank you!