82 Mustang GT

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#1

I have a 1982 Mustang GT 302 with 87,000 miles that I have owned since new.The car is in excellent original condition.I am experiencing a howling noise coming from the rear at all speeds.The car also jerks in all gears.It also seems to get worse the longer you drive.Any suggestions.


#2

Automatic or manual? What’s the maintenance history of the transmission and differential?


#3

4 speed original transmission and differentail.Never touched.Never changed gear oil although I did check and was not low.I would like to add that this car was never raced or abused.


#4

I think most mechanics would agree that your transmission oil and your differential oil should be changed prior to 27 years of elapsed time. This could be a case of shutting the barn door after the horses have escaped, but I would strongly suggest that you have both changed.


#5

'81-'86 model cars are the WORST ones ever built…They are “smog nightmares” with jerry-rigged emissions control systems that today are considered non-repairable. Your “howling” noise could be ANYTHING and without A LOT more information, impossible to diagnose here…

For openers, does the car have to be moving for the noise to occur??


#6

Same oil in there since new, eh? 27 years. I think I’m beginning to see the problem.


#7

The car has to be moving.I don’t believe this is emmission related.I am going to change to trans and rear diff fluid and see what happens.


#8

A fluid change will not cure “howling” unless the gearbox in question was empty or nearly so…A good under-car inspection might be revealing…Don’t ignore the exhaust system and speedometer cable…