Q: Front end locked up

asked by on

Hello yesterday as i was driving home i pulled into my apt and my tahoe front end locked up as if the brakes were catching but it was harder than the brakes. I gave it gas and it just slid so i put it in park and then reverse and it rolled back a little and i put it back into drive. While i started moving i noticed the car had a difficult time moving so i slowed down and it relesed and starting acting normal again. This moring it did the same thing but this time i heard a loud pop like metal on metal and it sounded like my 4 wheel drive disengaged. If this was the case why is my 4 wheel drive doing this and could it really lock up my front end that hard to keep my tires from turning. And how would i troubleshoot this issue.

My car has 187 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A couple of different things could cause the front end to lock up like this, though it is a rare sort of problem to occur:

  • the transfer case circuit has failed
  • driveshaft issue
  • ujoints
  • axles
  • locked-up brakes

The vehicle is not safe to drive until the problem is resolved. A qualified technician such as one from YourMechanic can diagnose this fault and perform any repairs required.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Front end locked up

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: codes p0101 and p0303 simultaneously

The code P0101 is for a problem with the MAF sensor and code P0303 is for a cylinder number 3 misfire. The first thing to check is to make sure there is no vacuum leaks or leaks between the MAF...

Q: My temperature gauge rises then goes back down.

This can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know, the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning...

Q: Cannot remove rollover valve cable line on the gas tank

Hi there. The rollover valve may have a quick disconnect fuel line or it may have a crimped on fuel line. Either remove the fuel line to the rollover valve or pop out the rollover valve with a large flat...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...