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Clunking noise when you put the car in reverse or drive

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SOURCE: cluncking noise when in reverse gear, also squeaking from breaks when not pressed

aftermarket brake and rotors ,also calipers that temporarly stick causes this squeking problem,replace if worn and use special lubrication for these parts including the shims

Posted on Oct 17, 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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SOURCE: 1996 suburban makes grinding noise in 2 wheel drive

sounds like the clip on the rear output shaft its probably broke. do this by removing the rear driveshaft, and the tail of the transfer case, there are 4 bolts holding it in place. then grab the output shaft and see if it has any front to back movement. if so pull it all the way to the rear and you should see a groove at the front part of the shaft where the clip goes. Then you should find the pieces fo the clip in the tail housing. One person said he found the replacement clip at a local tranny shop. I am calling the dealership parts counter for a new clip for my 97 Tahoe tomorrow. Hope this helps..

Posted on Mar 15, 2009

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SOURCE: My car has a problem with reverse gear, forward

could be a bent selector or might just need to tighten it up

Posted on Jul 28, 2009

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SOURCE: 1997 pontiac sunfire - I'm hearing a clunking noise

Sounds like poss dog bone mount from engine to frt cross member worn or bolts loose, poss ball joint or tie rod, also strut mounts on this car also makes noise sometimes more after driving after awhile

Posted on Oct 11, 2009

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When I put my car into Drive, the car makes a very loud clunk noise as its going into gear, it the original automatic 1993 ford tempo transmission, it also does the same thing going into reverse, not...


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