It is never pleasant to perceive a sound on your vehicle that you don’t know where it comes from. You may be wondering what to do when you detect a reversing gear noise that continues on your Ford C-max? Any gearbox issue can be critical, but before making sure, it is better to do a few inspections. Our team has written this paper to help you fix it. First, we will see what the origins and the different gearbox noises can be on Ford C-max, and second, what are the solutions available to you.
Classical reverse Ford C-max noises and some tips to protect your gearbox
Why does the reversing of my Ford C-max make a different noise from my other speeds?
De facto, adding all gears, bearings and pinions into a gearbox is a difficult exercise. The sound induced by the reversing of your Ford C-max is logical. It can be explained in a fairly simple way. Indeed, the gears used for conventional speeds (1st to 5th or 6th) are so-called “helical” gears (oblique gears) . The use of such a pinion makes the noise caused by the gears more quiet than with spur gears used for the reverse gear.
Tips to reduce wear on your clutch and gearbox
- Don’t give a big boost:
Indeed, if you kick the throttle hard when you are in reverse or when you put the vehicle in the revs, you risk to burn your clutch or gnawing at the gearbox pinions.
- Never reverse while the vehicle is in motion or vice versa:
Reversing the direction of operation of the gearbox during operation is a very bad idea. Indeed, the pressure you will put in on the gears will be enormous and you will create a premature wear and tear of the gears. You can even destroy the gears of your gearbox at speed by doing so. It will therefore be completely usual if you listen to a reverse noise on your Ford C-max if you shift gear under these conditions.
Different Ford C-max reversing noises and their causes
Finally in this section, we will move on to what you are probably most excited about in this article, to learn about the origin of reversing noise on Ford C-max. Here are the 3 typical noises you may be victim of.
I notice a grinding noise when starting in reverse gear
If you perceive a grinding noise when you start in reverse with your Ford C-max, it may be the engine mounts that are tired. Certainly, when the engine is in reverse gear, due to the pinions we saw above the vibrations produced by the gearbox are higher and it is therefore plausible that due to their wear the silentblocks no longer absorb the engine vibrations well. In this case, do not hesitate to read this paper for more information about strut mount noises on Ford C-max.
An increased reverse knocking noise on Ford C-maxX
If you are subject to a knocking noise when you are in reverse with your Ford C-max and this noise tends to amplify as you gain speed. It is plausible that you are dealing with a serious issue that needs to be resolved quickly before wrecking your entire gearbox. Indeed, an intensifying rattling noise means that the gears are damaged. If they are, debris will propagate to the rest of the box and damage other gears very fast. Take your vehicle to your auto mechanic quickly or check out this content about gearbox noise on Ford C-max for more data.
I discover a noise when I go in reverse
Listening a noise when you shift into reverse is normal and linked to the gears and sprockets used in the gearbox. If, on the other hand, you have the feeling that your Ford C-max reverse gear makes more noise than before, it is plausible that filings have been made and are moving around in it. It is therefore time to empty the box.