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Integrating Test and Analytical Methods for the Quantification and Identification of Manual Transmission Driveline Clunk

Driveline clunk is a phenomenon that can adversely affect customer perception of vehicle quality. Clunk is created by the impact of two driveline components as they oscillate in response to a torque disturbance in the driveline system. This disturbance is typically initiated by a driver controlled engine torque variation, most severely through a throttle or clutch manipulation. This torque variation excites a torsional response from the driveline, manifested by a variety of mechanisms such as resonances of various shafts, housings and axles, clutch oscillations, and gear impacts. Because automotive drivelines are complex systems composed of many rotating components, difficulty arises in identifying the impacts that cause clunk and evaluating the significant parameters that can positively affect these collisions. This paper will describe the application of analysis and test methods in the investigation of clunk in a rear wheel drive, manual transmission vehicle.