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Loud noise started occuring after driving down snowy mountains in 2nd gear of automatic. Now, especially when driving at slow speeds there is a very loud sound coming from car--almost seems like it is being over-revved or something...

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Hi I'm Peter, You may need to get to a transmission shop this sounds like the clutch pack may have been on it's last leg and the extra strain of having to remain in 2nd for that long under strenuous conditions may have just pushed them to their limit. If you want you can pull the transmission dipstick and smell the oil to see if it is a dark color with a burnt smell. One test you can perform yourself but you need to be careful and make sure no one is in front of the car is to put your foot on the BRAKE and hold it down . Put the car in gear and WHILE you HOLD THE BRAKE DOWN push the gas pedal to rev it up the engine should raise a little in RPMS and you should feel the car trying to go BUT if you hear the engine rev up and the car not really wanting to go then you do have some worn clutch packs. If you wish to go further you could pull the transmission oil pan ( have a good VERY clean catch pan under so when the oil comes out and you dump the contents in the catch pan you can examine it for fibrous and/or metal particles. You will always see bits of very fine particle of metal not much but a little. If there is a significant amount then it looks like your in for a transmission rebuild or replace what ever you prefer or is called for. I hope this helps, I wouldn't keep driving this vehicle until I tested it and if you do you could risk further damage, a possible accident, or just being stranded and having to call a tow truck. If after you do the test I suggested you feel it is indeed a transmission problem it would be in your best interest to call what ever shop you may want to use and see what their policy is. Some shops will have it towed there and just add it to your bill then again I know of shops that will have it towed their and not charge you for the tow if they do the work. Good luck,

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    Carrie W Apr 16, 2014

    Really appreciate your time in helping me Peter! Thanks so much:)!



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