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I heard a loud pop, then the vehicle wont move in any gear.It then grinds when I try to put it in park.

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It sounds like you broke a Constant Velocity joint (CV Joint). The pop was probably the joint breaking. When you put it in gear it's just spinning. Think of one of your hands as the transmission. Hold a pencil that would be the CV Joint(s) and axle, and use the other hand to hold the other end of the pencil. That's the front hub (part that makes the wheel turn). So you have ...hand, pencil...hand = trans, axle... wheel. If you hold the pencil firmly with both hands, and spin the pencil with one, both hands still move.

If the pencil breaks...the one not spinning does nothing.

So...The transmission is trying to make the van go, but the cv joint is broken, so the wheels aren't spinning. When you put the van in park, the transmission doesn't know the vans not moving. Therefore it's making the same noise as if you put the van in park while driving. If you must start the van and put it in gear to see if the driver's or passenger's axle is just spinning. Shut the van off, wait a minute for the axle shaft to stop spinning, and then put it in park.

Posted on Mar 02, 2010

  • Drew Z
    Drew Z Mar 02, 2010

    It's not the end of the world. A fair to good mechanic can do it in a driveway in an hour to two hours depending on which side. If you need to get it towed. Anything over $100. Call AAA. Join for a year. For $100 you'll be a premium member, get towed up to 100 miles, five times in a year. Shop around for a used axle shaft they're not all that expensive. Hope that helps.

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