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Old 02-24-2004, 02:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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when on stand still and I engage in 1st, I hear a faint "thud" coming off from somewhere. I can almost feel it when it does that but my friend when he was riding with me can't hear or feel a damn thing coz it is very faint almost like nothing. I can't seem to figure where it's coming from and it happens almost everytime with the clutch fully depressed and all. have anyone experienced this before? I am thinking about having it looked at a garage but has yet to have at least an idea..
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hmmm i think you might have to check your differential. i know that the thud is common on e36s its due to excessive play in the differential which is suppose to be there. the only reason i ask you to check is to make sure the level of fluid in the differential is ok
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Correct me if I'm wrong but there should be no contact between the engine and the differential when the clutch is fully depressed, right? that's why I ruled out the diff in the first place but I'll still have a look tomorrow. thanks man..
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Correct me if I'm wrong but there should be no contact between the engine and the differential when the clutch is fully depressed, right? that's why I ruled out the diff in the first place but I'll still have a look tomorrow. thanks man..
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from what my understanding is that because the power suddenly comes off the diff it kinda makes a thump noise.
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I checked the diff fluid and it's ok. well my problem usually happens when the car is in neutral as the clutch is fully depressed and I am shifting to 1st then as it goes into gear I hear that faint thud...
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