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Sudden noise, whining in 1st gear, reverse jerky

Sudden grinding noise on freeway. found no signs under car. grinding in 3rd and 4th only.25 miles later, near home, sound stops suddenly. now 1st gear whines and reverse is jerky.

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Sounds like your final drive pin in your differential broke causing the main spider pin to tear through the case.Catastropic damage.Check for severe fluid leak under car.If no signs of leaks,check dipstick for greyish blk colored fluid.If this is the case you will need to replace transaxle & flush trans cooler.hope this helps

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