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Shifting noices I have a 95 nissan 240sx and it makes a thumping noice when I shift gears. The noice comes from the rear. I had to change the tie rod and tie rod ends because the previous owner ran into a ditch. I really need to know what the problem is so I can fix it.

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  • sr20fan2003 Aug 17, 2008

    Wouldn't the car vibrate while accelerating if the driveshaft was the problem. I will check the tranny mounts. I just have never had this problem before. The sound is somewhat of a shifting sound.

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Check your mounts - transmission and differential mounts sound somewhat likely, but I'd bet that your 240, like my 300ZX, has a two-piece driveshaft and that the center bearing has worn out. This happened on my Z. The options were to replace the joint, which I didn't feel was worth the effort, buy a new shaft for about $800 from a dealer (nope), or buy an aftermarket one-piece shaft for $193 shipped (I did this - Powertrain Industries sent it). Take a look at the diff and transmission mounts, but my bet is on the center bearing of the driveshaft.

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    Jeremy Dellow Aug 18, 2008

    The Z didn't vibrate when the bearing was shot. It was basically loose (the two parts of it were loose with respect to each other), so the clunk when I engaged the clutch was the two parts slamming together. Once they were together, they didn't make noise or vibrations while driving. When I'd put the clutch in to shift, they'd separate somewhat, then clank back together when I re-engaged the clutch.

    It definitely pays to check the mounts as well, both the tranny and the diff. I don't know for sure if the 240 has a one-piece shaft or a two-piece, but if it's a two-piece, that bearing could well be the issue - the failure was common on the Z cars with higher mileage, so the 240 is likely similar.


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