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Noise from rear when pulling away rav4

Hi ,i have a thud from rear of car onpulling away and can make thud appear by stabbing throttle.checked all mounts and springs there doesnot appear to be any wear in them .i have been told that it could be rear diff and it may be possible to shim the prop shaft input gear to mesh deeper into diff main gear .is this possible or is it a red herring

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There are things to look at are the rear diff mount - which goes soft and allows the diff to rock/tilt back and forward. This can be stiffened by filling the bush with silicon gunge. next is to have a good check of the rear trailing arm bushes and suspension mounting bushes. Lastly, or maybe should be first as its the easiest to check.. make sure the rear hub centre nut is torqued to the right setting. If this has loosened off, perhaps through a little wear, than it can cause a clunk when the car is on a ramp.
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