Q: Clunking noise when put into gear, rough shifiting

asked by on

Each time I put the car in gear, I can hear a clunking sound. The shifting is rough. The fluid looks fine and is at a proper level. What could be the problem? What might be making the clunking noise?

Hey there. Thanks for writing in about your 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300D. This sounds like the differential bushings could be worn. I would also check for vacuum leaks. There is a component called a vacuum switchover valve that helps to control shifting activities that could be faulty as well. An in person diagnosis will be needed to pinpoint with the fault. If you need to have this looked at, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect the rough shifting problem and help you with a repair.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Clunking noise when put into gear, rough shifiting

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Convertible top is stuck open - 2001 Mercedes Benz SLK320

Hello. Most of the time this is caused by the lift motor failing. The motor will lose its ability to lift the top, which will cause all of these symptoms. It can also be an electrical issue, but this is...

Q: Whining sound when I accelerate and shift from gear to gear. 1992 Ford F150

Hello - you may be ruling out the throwout bearingthen too quickly, since your first symptoms are the noise occurs when you shift. Try taking the belt off (so that no engine-driven accessories are turning), starting the engine, then press...

Q: Engine turns off when the first gear is shifted

Hello. The most common cause of the car dying once it is put into gear is the transmission torque converter or the fluid level of the transmission. If there are leaks present from the transmission, I would suspect the fluid...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.