Transmission rattle at low speeds? Have you considered using "S" instead of "D" when you're in town? It could be that the transmission is shifting into 2nd earlier than it should. That will cause a rattle with this type of transmission, but it is not a sign of any failure. It's a sign of a clutch. Manual transmission cars will make the same noise of the trans is shifted at low engine speeds so that the engine speed drops to 1k rpm or so. You get this massive groaning rattle sound, and the lower the rpm is- the louder the sound is, and the vibrations are stronger. My dad used to do it all the time in his old Honda, going about 5 mph in 2nd gear up the driveway. It made a loud grumbling sound like a dump truck.
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