2000 Ford Expedition Clunking when braking/first taking off

Tiny
CAPRCORN28
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  • 2000 FORD EXPEDITION
  • V8
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 103,300 MILES
My Expedition has started making this "clunking" sound and you can FEEL it in the rear of the truck when you are braking or first taking off. After the truck has "warmed up" if you will. Little "local trips", it doesn't make the sound. If you go "long distance" i.E. On the freeway and then exit the freeway/highway to go to your location, you will get the clunking.
This clunking feels like (at first) the brakes are sticking. But because this only happens after the truck is "warmed up".I am wondering what else it could be. It doesn't even happen "everytime" at every stop either.
I thank you in advance for your help!
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 AT 3:01 PM

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Reference Number(s): 01-13-7, Date of Issue: July 9, 2001 Related Ref Number(s): 01-13-7
4R70W - CLUNK NOISE HEARD ON 2-1 DOWNSHIFT
TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN
NOISE - "CLUNK" NOISE HEARD ON 2-1 DOWNSHIFT - VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 4R70W AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION TRANSMISSION - 4R70W - "CLUNK" NOISE HEARD FROM TRANSMISSION ON 2-1 DOWNSHIFT
FORD: 1999-2001 Crown Victoria, Mustang 1999 F-250 LD 1999-2001 E Series, Expedition, Explorer, F-150 LINCOLN: 1999-2001 Town Car MERCURY: 1999-2001 Grand Marquis, Mountaineer
THE "CLUNK" NOISE DESCRIBED IN THIS ARTICLE SHOULD NOT BE

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Some vehicles equipped with a 4R70W automatic transmission may exhibit a "clunk" noise during the 2-1 downshift event. The "clunk" noise will be consistent in nature, and will occur during most 2-1 downshifts. This may be caused by a Planet Support Spring that is out of position.
Check for the correct installation of the Planet Support Spring. If the spring is not installed correctly, the Planetary Gear Support will make contact with the transmission case during the 2-1 downshift, causing the "clunk" noise. Refer to the following Service Procedure for details.
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1. Use Chassis Ears (Rotunda number 107-R2102 or equivalent) to verify the "clunk" noise is originating from the transmission during the 2-1 downshift event.
NOTE:






Fig. 1: Planet Support Spring Correct Installation

Fig. 2: Planet Support Spring Incorrect Installation

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