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A Strange Noise When Putting Your Mustang in Reverse

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Old 07-27-2006, 03:40 AM   #1
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Default A Strange Noise When Putting Your Mustang in Reverse

I was just wondering if anyone has experienced a clunking noise when they put their car in reverse? Any ideas what this might be? It dosen't happen all the time...but as Im backing out of my driveway it makes a weird noise for a few seconds. I dont have that many miles on my car. It's still pretty new. It has only been doing this for a couple weeks.
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Old 07-27-2006, 04:48 AM   #2
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this is normal...
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Old 07-27-2006, 04:53 AM   #3
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I've got the same noise, I'm pretty sure it's just the gears going into place.
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Old 07-27-2006, 05:39 AM   #4
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Thanks.... That's good to know that it's normal.
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Old 07-27-2006, 05:56 AM   #5
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haha i was worried the first time that i heard it too, i got really freaked out and ran into my house and told my dad....he laughed at me
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Old 07-27-2006, 10:26 AM   #6
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Yep, sounds like something engaging or maybe the clutch disengaging. If I work the clutch just right I can back out without it clunking.
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Old 07-27-2006, 12:38 PM   #7
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Actually...

That noise is VERY Common on nearly all rear wheel drive cars...

All the stresses (IE: Play) in the drive train are set for forward motion, when you put it in reverse the driveshaft U-Joints, differential, Transmission, have to move into the position to apply power in reverse. So everywhere there is a gap in a moving part - gears in the transmission, rearend, u-joints, everything moves to the other side of the gap, which in turn causes a small clunk.

It isn't a problem until it gets really obvious and loud.
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Hey.... Thanks for all the input.
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Old 07-27-2006, 10:12 PM   #10
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I'm so glad someone asked this! Since I bought my car a month ago I've been hearing the same noise. I had the phone up to my ear ready to call the ford dealership but somehow I knew they would laugh at me and that I'd better check the forum!
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Mine does it too, since the day I got it.
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mine does it and so does my 240sx
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Old 07-28-2006, 12:10 AM   #13
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Mine doesn't clunk but tonight I noticed it makes a different noise. It makes a metal on metal sound like a rubberless brakepad would on a rotor. Sorry, I couldn't think of a better way to describe it. It only does it in reverse and I could only hear it when I was in the garage and the sounds were echoing. Anything to be concerened with?
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Mine doesn't clunk but tonight I noticed it makes a different noise. It makes a metal on metal sound like a rubberless brakepad would on a rotor. Sorry, I couldn't think of a better way to describe it. It only does it in reverse and I could only hear it when I was in the garage and the sounds were echoing. Anything to be concerened with?

Sorry to bring an old thread back but I searched and I'm having this same issue, has this been resolved?
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Sorry to bring an old thread back but I searched and I'm having this same issue, has this been resolved?
It trying to tell you to drive in reverse more..
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You were incredibly helpful stang06lv. What would we do without you?
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:10 PM   #17
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My 2010 makes the noise to and I recently had the carrier bearings in the rear axle replaced under warranty. Due to what sounded like a hub noise. But the first couple weeks the noise was gone but its back but not has bad. Dealer said it was a wear part. A drag racer friend said that because a "friction modifier" is added to the diff fluid it should checked or serviced regularly.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:24 PM   #18
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I'm so glad someone asked this! Since I bought my car a month ago I've been hearing the same noise. I had the phone up to my ear ready to call the ford dealership but somehow I knew they would laugh at me and that I'd better check the forum!
Don't believe what most forums say though, the dealership will still laugh if you don't do your research good. :P
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