I have a 2000 suzuki grand vitara v6 5 speed manual trans...

I have a 2000 suzuki grand vitara v6 5 speed manual transmission rear wheel drive. A couple weeks ago it made a loud clunking noise I stopped because i thought it was my tire. It stopped and then last weekend when i was driving an...

I have a 2000 suzuki grand vitara v6 5 speed manual transmission rear wheel drive. A couple weeks ago it made a loud clunking noise I stopped because i thought it was my tire. It stopped and then last weekend when i was driving and no matter what gear i was in it was still sounding like i was downshifting. Then yesterday in a parking lot had to stop for someone crossing and when i put it in 1st gear and went to release the clutch my car my the worst noise ever and the clutch wouldnt release and car stalled. Tried again and engine just revved and wouldnt move there was a very loud POP and when i went to push it into a parking spot the car would only go a little bit then stop and wouldnt go any further without making a loud popping sound. What could that be? Mechanic's Assistant: Has the clutch been slipping? Are you having any trouble shifting? I havent had to much problems shifting I would say maybe 2 months or so ago something happened to my shifter. whenever it is put into any gear it would stay in gear no popping out but my shifter was loose i could move it around even with it being in gear. Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Grand Vitara yourself? What have you tried so far? It just completely stopped yesterday. I am trying to figure out what is wrong with it so i not buy and fix something that is not needed. So I havent tried anything. Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the Mechanic to know before I connect you? I regularly check all my fluids and there is no leaks i checked my front and rear differentials to make sure they were good on gear oil and they were fine also.

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Hi, I'm Greg (Indy-Tech). Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with your reply ASAP. Rgds Greg. Sorry to hear you are having a problem with your Vehicle, I will do my best to assist you with this issue. A live optional phone call will be automatically offered by JustAnswer, But I can not do calls at the moment we can carry on with text? It may take a moment for me to get back to you as I may have to look up information about your concern, So I really appreciate your patience. Do you have your VIN number handy for me so I can look up your vehicle? If no Vin? then all I need is Make, model, and engine size. May I ask who I have the pleasure of chatting with? Regards Greg.

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Thank you Brenda give me a few minutes to check up on your vin# Greg

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Brenda with the shifter in Neutral and the Parking brake off can you push the vehicle forwards Greg

It moves a little bit then a popping sound and i havent pushed it past that
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Brenda check under the Suzuki that the driveshaft has not broken a U joint?

Ok i can do that as soon as i get to my car i am renting a uhaul and trailer to tow it back home
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Okay good luck and be safe out there on the road. Get back to me when you are ready . Greg

Thank you and i will message as soon as i get my car home
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Okay sounds Good. Greg

Hello its Brenda i got my car home i checked the u joint and not broke. I was able to creep my car up onto the car trailer but it seemed like every 2 complete wheel revolutions the rear end would clank bad and my rear tires would kinda like jump
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Sounds like it's still in gear.what does the clutch feel like

Its super easy to push in but i was able to shift it into reverse to drive it backwards and then shifted it back into first gear.Last weekend when i notice there was a problem when i was driving it from 1st gear to 4th gear it sounded like i was downshifting even though i was in a higher gear.
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But now its impossible to drive, what happens if you have the clutch pressed full down can you roll the car forward smoothly
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Okay if you press the clutch down and it will roll freely then the transmission is the problem it's stuck in a gear. Greg

Oh god and thats expensive to have fixed...When i went to pick up my car earlier i was able to put it in reverse and back it up wasnt able to go fast and it did make the very loud clunking sound from the rear end
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Looks like you found your problem the rear differential has failed on you . Lift the rear ended wheels of the ground and make safe with stand axles and check where the drive shaft goes to the differential for play have some one spin the wheels and see where the play is but now sound surely to be the rear differential. Keep me posted. Rgds Greg

Thank you very much
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My goal is to provide you with excellent service and hope I’ve provided the information you were seeking. If you need more help, please let me know so l can continue to assist you, simply reply back if you require additional information and I will be happy to help with any follow up questions. I'm not happy until you are. No added cost for getting back to me. Kindest regards Greg

Thank you very much. Now i just have to figure out if the cost to fix is going to be worth it.
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Depending on what has failed will confirm if worth it or not? Greg

I went out and put the rear end on jack stands and there was play where the drive shaft bolts to the differential and spun the tires and all the noise is coming from right inside the differential.
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Remove the right side wheel and check the Parking brake shoes might only be a problem with the brakes first check this also check the right side and if both sides are ok the problem with tbd differential. Greg

Okay, thanksWill do that right now
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Okay sounds Good. Greg

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