It can be and it can be something else. A good professional mechanic can diagnose the cause.
There are many different reasons for you to hear a horrible rattle in your 98 Lancer, including a faulty engine timing. To ensure you find the right cause, your best bet is to consult a licensed mechanic.
when the earth plates rattle
cause of the rattle snake
an air leak in your intake will cause the engine to rattle. Protege's intake hoses are prone to cracking.
A bad fuel injector can cause an engine to continue running, for a few seconds, after the engine to shut off. The engine continues to run because of excessive fuel in a piston.
1. The engine coud have malfunchoned and 2. The car has to be broit to a Car Shop.
When any species of animal including cats presents with the death rattle, this means that they are dying. The death rattle is the expulsion of air as the last breath is taken.
The movment does cause the rattle of buildings shaking as well.
Catalytic converters do not rattle. If it does it will need to be replaced as it may block the exhaust. Loose heat shield?
You are probably hearing the beginning of detonation. This can be damaging to your engine so I would have the timing checked and corrected to avoid any engine damage. I do agree with your answer, but the op was pretty vague as to how loud the lifters get. It is common for cheap gas to cause the "popcorn" sound as well.
no cause snakes dont have ears