Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Grinding noise from differential

asked by on

There is a grinding noise coming from the differential area when I'm on the highway.

It sound like your differential may be failing. There are many bearings and gears in the differential that may be damaged. A technician can use a stethoscope to pinpoint where the noise is coming from and determine if it is in fact the differential. I would recommend having a technician come out and inspect the noise that you are hearing and drain the fluid and locate any metal shavings. If metal shavings are found the differential probably needs rebuilt or replaced.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Grinding noise from differential

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: Misfires on cylinder 3

Hello. Instead of only replacing the coils between cylinders 2 and 3, I think you should replace all of the coils with new coils, if you haven’t done so yet. The results of your compression test show that you have...

Q: What could be causing to heat to only come out of the defrost vent?

Air is directed to the floor, dash vents, and defroster by vacuum controlled blend doors behind the dash. When you select where you want air flow on the heater control head, vacuum is directed to different vacuum connections to move...

Q: Car sounding weird after engine fire

I wouldn't recommend driving the vehicle until you have the car checked by a professional. Engine fires can be caused for many different reasons, and leave damage to several components of the car. With all of these issues, I would...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
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.
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.