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What is meaning of clunking under my car sometimes while driving?

Just trying to record under what conditions, i.e. turning, accelerating etc. causes the sounds. Appears to be from area close to tranny & towards rear of engine.

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It means you keep doing what your doing,
as no one can guess without the car

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When accelerating hard, the rear end shake bad soon I remove my foot form the gas it stop. If I accelerate slowly no problems. Any ideas what could be the problem. Thanks

You haven't said what make and model of car it is.

On a rear wheel drive car a worn universal joint in the driveshaft (propshaft) can cause the symptoms you describe. It's sometimes referred to as a 'yoke'.

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