is there some sort of dampening that can be placed between the arms and the differential and body to reduce the conducting of the whining sound coming from the gears? In addition to the bushings that


Asked by Jan 02, 2014 at 07:10 AM about the 2002 Ford Mustang

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Since I bought the car in April 2012, I noticed a whine coming from the rear
end. I figured it was coming from my differential. However when I had it looked
at there was no problem. Recently I bought the polyurethane bushings, for my
rear control arms, and had them installed. The whining got louder and I even
felt it resonating thru the body and stick shift. It was determined that the metal
from the arms were resting against the differential. They filed down the rim of
the arms so that the bushings would extend beyond the rims. this reduced the
whining but not totally nor significantly.  This of course would be in addition to
the bushings. The whining is louder than the sound of the engine!

Thank you very much,
Randy Gilmore

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Joe Azzara

Pretty car! I have the same problem with no solutions in my '86 GT convertable. Do you notice a lot less noise with the top down? I never had this problem with my last '86, a hatchback. I think the well that the top sits in when its raised is the sounding board for the gears. Any help would be appreciated. By the way my '86 is a stick and has over 107,500 miles on it.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

You're right! It did seem quieter in the summer when i mmostly had the top down. However, since posting my question I took a trip. When i got back the noise was worse and I noticed a clank when shifting. Turns out my rear end is gone. I need to replace the differential, I am told. Searching salvage shops for part. Is it possible to rebuild than replace the rear end?

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