Q: My SUV is making a grinding noise

asked by on

Yesterday, I noticed that there is a slight grinding or metal on metal rubbing sound. The sound is not constant, it seems to happen when accelerating from a stop and/or low speed, and then it's gone. It does not get louder or change pitch with increased speed. I hear it around 25 MPH and that's all. I don't hear it when driving highway speeds. It seems to be coming from below the center console or dash area. I don't notice it if I drive and keep the car in only electric, and when I switch gears manually I don't really notice it either, which to me rules out transmission. I hear the sound in both Auto 4WD and 2WD. I have checked the transmission fluid and everything seems fine. My only thought right now are that it is either a hub bearing or something in the front differential. I haven't lifted it up the truck check the wheels yet. Any suggestions?

The noise may be coming from the transmission torque dampener. The transmission would need to be identified by the dealer as a failed part number on the transmission. If the number on the transmission match, then the transmission should be removed to replace the transmission dampener. The technical bulletin for you specific vehicle is: 09-07-30-001F.

If you want a second opinion on this, have a certified technician diagnose these symptoms firsthand in order to pinpoint the source of the noise.

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. My SUV is making a grinding noise

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: Q: ticking noise while accelerating

Hello. There are a few possibilities that could be causing the noise you are hearing. Some of the possible causes include: pieces of the catalytic converter could be rattling in the exhaust, broken baffles in the muffler, a loose flap...

Q: My emergency brake pedal is stuck in the up position.

Many common faults can cause your 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe's parking brake to get stuck in the "up" position. If the parking break will not apply, the brake cable could have failed, the parking brake lever could be faulty, or there...

Q: Q: Acceleration

Hello: Most acceleration issues that are accompanied by a sound are typically an indicator that a vacuum leak exists or that an exhaust leak exists. To know for certain, you'll need to have a professional mechanic complete an engine is...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...
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...