I have a 27 Coupe and while I was out with it the other a day I approached a red light so I started to apply the brake and crunch clang and bang....limped home sounds like something binds when you apply the brake or the low and high not so much the reverse. I had the cover off the tran and things seem to be fine. Could it be something in the rear end?
Yup, it's in the rear end. Chances are, you've got original babbitt thrust bearings that have failed.
Don't drive it again till it's fixed.
Well I can handle that! Hate pulling the engines!
You were lucky to make it home. I had to go get a trailer. Take a look at this: http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG79.html
Before you pull anything apart, jack up your rear wheels with the parking brake off and go to each side. Pull and push the wheel to see if there is a lot of play in and out of the axle. Do this on both sides. If you can feel it move, you need to pull the rear axle assembly and follow the instructions in the book. Get either the book on front and rear axles, or if you have a Ruckstell, get the book for Ruckstell and follow it. The instructions are easy to read and most of the tools you need are simple tools. You might need some help on pulling the inner sleeve of the pinion bearing. the other parts are easy to remove or replace.
Another thing to check before pulling anything is to start up the engine in neutral. If it runs smoothly in neutral, the chances are the trouble is not in the transmission, if it clangs and bangs in neutral with the car parked, then you have some transmission trouble.
It's good to try to find out what part of the car is broken before you pull it apart, so that no unnecessary work needs to be done.
Car starts and idles just fine.
Then you might've just run over 2 or 3 big empty trash cans.
I don't think so......it wasn't a thump and drag noise.....it was clearly a crunch, clang and bang!
Hey Rex! I agree with Norman, on my '20 I only needed to push/pull on the rear wheels even on the ground to discover a bit of play. Took rear end apart, I was one of the lucky ones, everything was still intact,but still babbitt. One was much thinner than the other one. Obviously I put in the bronze thrust washers. Hopefully that's all your problem is, and it didn't tear anything else up in there. Good luck & Merry Christmas!
I just pulled a 26/27 rear end down. While it had been gotten into in the past, broken bolt in ring gear that was wired past, it had bronze thrust washers that show wear. That same rear end, the pinion drive shaft sleeve was cracked and the bearing is sloppy. I tapped the pinion off with a light tap after removing the nut, the key way in the drive shaft is way worn. Your pinion or ring gear may have lost some teeth. If the sound is not coming from a bad U-joint, sorry, but your best bet is to pull the rear end down.