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54 Chevy Belair reverse clunk

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 54LedSled, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. 54LedSled
    Joined: Mar 11, 2011
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    The Belair has an annoying habit. It's a powerglide model, when I shift it into reverse, it engages with a clunking sound and the car jolts a little bit . However, It reverses fine. No such worries when going into any of the forward gears. Small leak, but the fluid level is fine as it gets checked regularly.

    Is this normal for these powerglide cars?
     
  2. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
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    My 64 did that and it turned out to be the carrier bearing. I never figured out why it would only make the sound in reverse?
     
  3. tjmercury
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    It could be a carrier bearing or check the spring bushings on the rear end.
     
  4. 54LedSled
    Joined: Mar 11, 2011
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    The car is a closed drive shaft. Where would the carrier bearing be located? Do I need to take out the whole drive shaft?
     

  5. Ole don
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    When those cars were new they clunked. There was apart number for that noise.
     
  6. gas pumper
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    That's how you know it made the shift. No clunk no back up.

    I think there might be a bushing in the torque tube that supports drive shaft.

    But like Ole don says, they all do it.

    Slow the idle speed down? less clunk.
     
  7. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
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    Sorry I didn't know they were closed in 63. My 64 impala had a two piece with a carrier in the middle.
     

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