Q: Loud grinding and thumping

asked by on

I'm hearing some mechanical-sounding thumping and grinding sounds from the front of my car. When I make hard turns, the sounds are the worst. Plus, the Electronic Stability Program light is on. Does this mean that my brakes could lock?

Hello. It is possible that your axle is worn out, but it is unusual for an axle to grind. What is more likely is that the right front caliper is locking up, or that a wheel bearing has gone bad.

I would recommend that you have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, come to your home or business and complete a brakes, steering and suspension inspection completed.

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. Loud grinding and thumping

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: Car shaking on and off when going 40mph+

Hi Jose. Thanks for the question tonight. There are a few possible sources of the vibration and noise you're hearing and feeling on the CTS. The most common component that can cause all of these symptoms would be a wheel...

Q: Why why does the check engine light come on but runs fine until it gets to 2500 RPMs then it stutters

Hi there. It is possible that you could have a bad camshaft or crankshaft position sensor. These sensors keep track of the timing of the engine and send signals to the vehicles PCM. If one of these sensors fails, the...

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

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...