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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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