I have a 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo SS with 120,XXX miles on it. For the past year, I’ve been hearing a very loud POP or KNOCK when I put the car in reverse from park. Here are the details that make it so vexing.
• It only happens first thing in the morning. For the rest of the day, there is no pop.
• It only happens in cooler weather (less than 50°.)
• The sound comes from different places each time. Sometimes it sounds like it’s in my rear passenger wheel well. Sometimes from the front of the car. Sometimes from directly beneath the driver seat.
• Rarely, there will be times when I’m driving and I “goose” on the gas, there will be a light pop sound. (when in drive)
I’ve had all of the motor mounts replaced (per mechanics opinion) and the problem persisted. My mechanic suggested it might also be transmission mounts but he doesn’t know without actually replacing them. From visual inspection, he didn’t see anything suspicious. Since the car is probably near the end of its life, I didn’t want to spend a lot (more) on something that might not even be the problem. I asked if it was safe to drive and he said yes. I have noticed that when I put my car in reverse each morning and hear the pop, it seems to jar the car rather violently.