Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: When pulling off, it feels like the rear end is dragging

asked by on

Whenever I drive my vehicle for at least 2 hours and decide to break. I get back in and start it up and when I pull off, it feels like it's dragging in the rear. Sometimes I feel heat coming from the wheel area, but no smoke. I have had the brakes and hub checked and was told that everything was fine.

My car has 215000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

If a wheel bearing in the hub was defective enough to cause drag, you would hear a tremendous amount of noise from the failed bearing. Wheels might also drag due to misalignment or failure of the brakes to retract. Misalignment can sometimes be inferred by looking at the wear pattern on the tires. If the wear pattern is "normal," you can probably rule out misalignment (a certified technician could help you assess tread wear patterns). You can determine if the brakes are dragging by jacking up each corner of the car and checking to see if the wheel turns freely after you depress and release the brake pedal. Also, if you had a serious dragging issue, you would see a large reduction in fuel economy. So, you can measure your fuel economy and if it is within the government test rating for your vehicle, there is probably nothing dragging. It is also possible that you are mistaking a performance problem with the engine or transmission for wheel drag, in which case you can schedule an inspection with a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, in order to diagnose your acceleration problem.

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. When pulling off, it feels like the rear end is dragging

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 starts fine every time then instantly begins dying although it tries to keep running and rev back up. Dies in less than 10 sec

There are a number of things that may cause the vehicle to stall while driving. This can happen for any number of reasons such as fuel supply issues such as a bad fuel pump, vacuum leaks, electrical faults or various...

Q: My car pulls to the driver's side when braking, i've fitted new pads and a new caliper on the passenger side but no difference.

Hello, and thank you for writing in. There are several reasons why your vehicle may pull to one side or the other while braking. The first thing to consider is a warped rotor or faulty brake pads. When you replace...

Q: Ignition broke off

I believe the ignition lock cylinder is an integrated, non serviceable component in the steering column. The entire column may have to be replaced. I recommend having a qualified technician, like one from YourMechanic, take a look at it and...

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.