Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car is making a grinding noise

asked by on

When I am driving, there is a weird grinding noise and it is braking strangely. The grinding noise happens at any time, not just when I am braking. When it happens, I will pull over and try to put the car in park but it won't go into gear. The car will shift into gear at all other times. The car's transmission has been rebuilt twice. I went to the shop that gave me the warranty and they can't figure it out. I went to another shop, thinking that it could be the tone rings, but they checked that out and that's fine. Another problem that I have noticed is that after the grinding noise stops, the traction control logo lights up. What could this be?

A: Hello. It sounds like you either have a spe...

Hello. It sounds like you either have a speed sensor that is not reading correctly or you may have a transmission or transfer case issue. If this is an all-wheel drive model, then it is more than likely the transfer case unit. These fail all of the time on this vehicle and make this noise.

If these are fine, then a scan tool needs to be installed to see what the sensors are reading to see if there are any issues with any of them. If you need to have it looked at, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose the grinding noise in person and point you towards the correct repairs.

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: How many rotors does a 2001 Honda Accord LX have?

This year of Honda Accord came equipped with either rear drum or rear disc brakes. Your vehicle would need to be inspected to see what it was equipped with.

Q: Water pump leaking and no pressure in the engine head

You did not mention if the engine was having any running issues other than the two lights coming on. Without knowing the codes that were stored and the actual problems causing the cylinder head to have no compression or coolant...

Q: Possible EVAP leak?

Hello! Typically an EVAP leak will not cause the engine to run the way you described or cause smoke to come from the tailpipe. However, an EVAP leak can cause the check engine light to come on and set a...

Related articles

How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
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.