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When I put my Nissan Sentra automatic into reverse it makes a clunking sound. is it my motor mount, an if so what one would it be?

I have a Nissan Sentra. It's making a clunking sound when I put it in reverse. Then when I put it back into park, passing reverse, it makes the clunking sound again. What could be the problem?

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SOURCE: 2001 toyta camry clunk when put in reverse

check your rear engine mount the one closest to the firewall
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Posted on Oct 12, 2008

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SOURCE: When i put it in reverse it makes a loud clunk

Hi Ali,

This sounds like one or more of your motor/powerplant mounts is broken. Here is an easy test:

Have someone sit in the driver's sear with engine running and trans. in Park.
You stand in front with the hood open. Have them shift from Park to Reverse, and then Drive and back to Reverse and Park, taking time to stay in each gear and give some throttle while holding the brake pedal tight. This will rock or move the engine a certain amount as they shift through the gears and apply power lightly. It will move alot more violently with broken mounts.

If you have a clunking noise on Reverse shifts, you should be able reproduce this with the hood up and pinpoint the noise and/or sight the faulty motor mount with a friend's help. Good luck, I hope this puts you on the right track to fixing this annoying noise.

Sincerely, Tater Todd

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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I am sorry to have to tell you this but it sounds to me like your transmission is shot and will need a rebuild. If you can get it to a transmission shop they will tell you 100% what wrong with it. .

Posted on Apr 06, 2009

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SOURCE: 1997 Nissan Sentra, weird humming/buzzing sounds

can you hear this through the stereo?  If so you may have a problem created somewhere in your ignition , where the stereo is picking up a fluctuating signal.

Posted on Apr 11, 2009

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SOURCE: When I put my car into Drive, the car makes a very loud Clunk

Your problem is very common.
you need to have your u-joints also known as universal joints. that is what the clunking noise you are hearing.

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