Grinding Noise in Reverse

passat
volkswagen

#1

My 1.8 Turbo runs great, but when I am backing uphill (standard 5 speed trans), it makes a grinding noise. Is my tranny bad?! Or what is this? Never have a problem with any of the other gears…


#2

Is the car new to you or is it a new problem with your old car? Have you checked the level and condition of the transmission fluid?

Personally, if it is just a noise I would simply avoid going backwards uphill. All transmissions make a different sound in reverse. Not really a grind but it does not sound the same as the forward gears.


#3

It is relatively new to me (within the last 3 months). I will check the fluid.

It is different than other reverse noises I have heard, way more obnoxious. I avoid backing up hill if at all possible!

Thank you


#4

You don’t say what year or mileage, or make and model. I guess it’s an Audi? How steep is this hill?
A grinding noise in the reverse gear is not a death sentence for the standard tranny. It’s probably means nothing for the reverse gear.
Most likely the car has a failing drive joint. These parts are easy and cheap to repair, and are designed and meant to fail before anything else.


#5

2003 VW Passat, 87k miles. The steeper the hill, the louder the grinding. Thanks for the input and glad to hear that certain parts are designed to fail…


#6

With a failing drive joint would there be any other “symptoms”?