It is never pleasurable to hear a sound on your car that you don’t know where it comes from. You may be thinking about what to do when you identify a reversing gear noise that persists on your Ford F 550? Any gearbox problem can be critical, but before making sure, it is better to do a few inspections. Our team has created this paper to help you fix it. First, we will see what the origins and the different gearbox noises can be on Ford F 550, and second, what are the solutions available to you.reverse-gear-noise-ford-f-550

Classical reverse Ford F 550 noises and some tips to look after your gearbox

Why does the reversing of my Ford F 550 make a different noise from my other speeds?

De facto, integrating all gears, bearings and pinions into a gearbox is a difficult task. The sound made by the reversing of your Ford F 550 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 less strong than with spur gears employed for the reverse gear.

Tips to limit 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 car in the revs, you risk to burn your clutch or gnawing at the gearbox pinions.

  • Never reverse while the car is in motion or vice versa:
    Reversing the direction of operation of the gearbox during operation is a very bad choice. Indeed, the pressure you will apply on the gears will be significant and you will develop 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 typical if you listen to a reverse noise on your Ford F 550 if you shift gear under these conditions.

Several Ford F 550 reversing noises and their triggers

Finally in this section, we will move on to what you are probably most interested in this page, to find out about the source of reversing noise on Ford F 550. Here are the 3 typical noises you may be victim of.

I listen to a grinding noise when starting in reverse gear

If you hear a grinding noise when you start in reverse with your Ford F 550, it may be the engine mounts that are tired. In fact, 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 situation, do not hesitate to read this content for more details about strut mount noises on Ford F 550.

An increased reverse knocking noise on Ford F 550X

If you are subject to a knocking noise when you are in reverse with your Ford F 550 and this noise tends to build up as you gain speed. It is plausible that you are confronting a serious problem that needs to be solved very fast before destroying 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 car to your technician quickly or check out this document about gearbox noise on Ford F 550 for more data.

I acknowledge a noise when I go in reverse

Finding out a noise when you shift into reverse is normal and relating to the gears and sprockets used in the gearbox. If, on the other hand, you have the feeling that your Ford F 550 reverse gear makes more noise than before, it is plausible that filings have been created and are moving around in it. It is therefore time to empty the box.