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: 2006 Chevy Aveo CD player has error messages

In most cases, an error message means either the disc is scratched or player has an internal failure. From my past experience with CDs, I recall scratched CDs will read sometimes, but not all the time. I would try a...

Q: Q: Battery light on

Hello. If you continue to have a low voltage issue with the new alternator then there may be a circuit issue. Most of the time, if the alternator is good, it is the battery cables or there is an issue...

Q: Cannot shift out of park and the engine won't start

Hello. The shift interlock system keeps your car in park until you turn the key and step on the brake. It will not release the shifter until these two things occur. The first thing you need to do is...

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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.