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2004 Jeep Wrangler - Clunking Noise when shifting out of Park

My 2004 Jeep Wrangler Sport, 48,000 miles, automatic transmission, normally shifts smoothly through all gears. Sometimes I get a loud clunk when I shift from Park to either Reverse or Drive, especially if I'm parked at angle, either nose up or down. When I park at an angle, it doesn't shift smoothly into gear. Is this an indication of transmission problems or normal?

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    shifting from park to reverse and then to drive ..i have a loud clunking noise.would a bad shift solenoid on tranmission cause this??

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It could be lash in the differential which is normal, but it could also be a loose u-joint in the driveshaft. Check the rear driveshaft u-joints.

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