97 Jeep Cherokee Country - Loud rattle from underneath the engine
New to this forum. I was recently given a 97 Jeep Cherokee country from my dad. Jeep has close to 200,00 miles but overall has been kept in great condition with minor general repairs here and there. About a month ago i started hearing a low rattle from underneath the engine and since then it has gotten progressively worse when at a stop or idle. It sounds like rocks rattling around or like the engine is falling apart. First thought is the cat cause my dad said it did need to be replaced fairly soon according to his mechanic but the cat is pretty far back. This sound is right under the engine area. The exaust sounds normal but it seems like at idle it misfires a bit. What could this be?? Thanks!