2004 MAZDA 3 - CLANK WHEN SHIFTING INTO REVERSE

  • Tiny
  • tmadge
  • 2004 Mazda 3

Noises problem
2004 Mazda 3 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 112000 miles

Hi All,

Every morning I start my car and when I shift it into reverse there is a loud clank from the engine area.

Every time, after the car has sat for awhile, it clanks when shifting into reverse. Only sometimes does it clank when shifting into drive.

I brought it into the mechanic thinking it was something to do with the transmission. He said the transmission is fine and that the noise is coming from the "drivetrain spacer" and it'll cost $500 to fix.

The mechanic said that fixing it is optional, which surprised me because I thought he'd love to take my money. :)

So, here are my questions. What does this spacer actually do? And, should I get it fixed? Will something wear out faster if I don't fix it? Will it affect performance, fuel efficiency, safety, etc?


thx.
-Trev

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Sunday, April 25th, 2010 AT 9:49 PM

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  • Tiny
  • Docfixit
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Hi
Never heard of drive line spacer have you considered a second opinion? Only thing can think of maybe trans to engine mount see diagram


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/198357_Graphic_476.jpg


Ask mech if that is what he means
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