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Thread: 1997 Mitsubishi Galant ES - Transmission Clunking Sound?

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    John
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    Default 1997 Mitsubishi Galant ES - Transmission Clunking Sound?

    My daughter's 97 Mitsubishi Galant ES has a problem that results in a
    clunking sound only when climbing a steep hill. It seems to occur when the
    auto transmission drops down to a lower gear. A clunk or thud is heard.
    Otherwiuse the car runs great.

    Trying to figure out if it's a transmission problem, torque converter, rear
    end, or universal joint problem.

    The problem doesn't seem to happen if one climbs the hill slowly. That is,
    if she stays in low gear all the way up. But if she drives normally and the
    transmission downshifts, that is when the problem is apparent. It's like it
    is dropping into the lower gear hard.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks

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    jonny
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    Default 1997 Mitsubishi Galant ES - Transmission Clunking Sound?

    Too little oil in the transmission ?
    check in neutral with the engine on tickover.

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    jonny
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    Default 1997 Mitsubishi Galant ES - Transmission Clunking Sound?

    Tickover means, with the engine running slowly, not racing , (under 1000
    rpm).
    By the way auto oil should be checked with a hot engine , ,,,,, A trip
    around the block would suffice,,,

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