Thank you so much for the assistance on this one! I'm pretty scared that I may have an expensive repair in the future
This problem has occurred about 5 times intermittently over the last 6 months (ever since we bought it used basically!):
Here's what leads up to the clunk: I put the '05 Rav (2WD 130K) in reverse (no noises there), and give it some gas, about as much as I do when I start off in forward (so a little more than the usual amount since it's in reverse) and I hear a loud clunk that sounds like the transmission is going to fall out of the vehicle or something! It is very noticeable, and everyone in the vehicle hears it and thinks the car just went kaput. (One way I described the noise it was like the transmission was loose spinning around inside the chassis and hits something: clunk!)
I immediately get off the gas (reaction) and give up whatever I was doing to just put it back into Drive so as not to hurt anything worse. The car seems to operate normally! The first time it happened was about 6 months ago, and it's still driving fine today (so it seems) My wife usually drives this car and has never had any issues in forward or reverse (we reverse every day)
It seems to only occur either with a more than normal reverse, basically only when I give it that little extra bump of gas to get going faster, or when there is an extra load, like to get up an incline (which is when it happened this weekend, starting to go up a driveway backwards with 5 ppl in the car) But this type of reverse should never be a problem! I know something is wrong here! I couldn't even touch the gas pedal this weekend without the sound.
Anyone with a similar experience? I hope I don't have to replace the transmission! Could it be from abuse from a previous owner (it was in a accident to the left front end about 60K miles prior to our purchase<rebuilt title>)? Any suggestions?
Thank you so much for the help!