Makes a clunking noise when shifting into reverse

Tiny
LU_BELBIN
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  • 2003 FORD FOCUS
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The engine light warning has illuminated on the dashboard. When I change the gear to reverse the car makes a clunking noise. Vibrates and is loud when reversing. Please help.
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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 1:22 PM

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Tiny
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With multiple symptoms, if they all occurred at the same time, we would look for a common cause. In this case there is a number of places to start looking. The clunking when changing direction is typical of a broken or collapsed engine mount that is allowing it to shift position and rock excessively. That can also pull spring-loaded exhaust pipe connections apart resulting in loud exhaust noise.

The next thing is to have the diagnostic fault codes read and recorded. Those will indicate the circuit or system that needs further diagnosis, or the unacceptable operating condition.
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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 2:52 PM

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