Transmission went out?

bmw

#1

Ok i’m new here but i’ll keep it simple. Driving around nyc ( we had crazy winter weather lately if that helps) car started making a clanking noise every so often from the hood. (note it was getting harder to steer i have awd) Pulled over, it looked fine, kept driving, all of a sudden few blocks later a LOUD metal clashing noise came from under the hood. Pulled over turned the car off. Now the car starts fine, but the car makes that noise everytime i shift to Forward/Reverse. Neutral is fine. Tranny went out? The car wont move


#2

I can’t see ur car from where I sit. Motor is spinning in neutral but relatively stable since no torque is being transmitted. So, it could be as simple as a broken motor mount allowing some part of motor to contact something? Have helper watch motor while you shift into gear


#3

Thanks, i’ll check it out. Do you think it can be the transmission fluid? I’ve seen a few posts about that online


#4

What kind of car, 2wheel, 4wheel or All wheel drive- how many miles, what year?


#5

It can’t hurt to check the transmission fluid, but I don’t think that is the answer. The clunking sound getting worse and the the big clunk are good clues. I suspect the CV joint(s) of one of the front axles has just completely failed.


#6

Concur w/ @UncleTurbo … a good bet is one of the CV joints has failed. That’s usually less $$$ than a transmission problem to fix, so cross your fingers it is a CV joint, not the transmission. OP could look under there with a flashlight, see if anything looks unusual about the drive shafts, comparing one side of the car to the other, or if one of the boots has split, is missing, etc.