Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car making grinding noise

asked by on

Whenever I shift my car into first gear, the car doesn't go anywhere. The car just makes a grinding noise like the clutch is going out.

A: It sounds like your clutch is not releasing...

It sounds like your clutch is not releasing completely. Even though you are pushing the pedal in, the clutch disc is continuing to turn on the transmission input shaft. This could be caused by a number of transmission and clutch components. A defective slave/master cylinder or a worn clutch disc are two of the most likely items. A trained mechanic will be able to inspect the vehicle's grinding noise first to be certain what is causing the problem.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse running rich

It certainly can. My experience with those Mitsubishis is that they have a lot of problems with the fuel injectors when they get old. First, I would have a mechanic clean the fuel injectors. Sometimes, it’s that simple. Knowing...

Q: Stick shift not working

With the radio not working, the most likely cause of this is a wiring issue to the radio or a blown fuse. Since this car did not come with a manual transmission I am unsure exactly what is meant by...

Q: Car might have a transmission fluid leak

It's very possible that there was a failure within the automatic transmission on your vehicle. As you suspected, the first step would be to check the fluid level. If your fluid level is low, you can add some fluid to...

Related articles

How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.