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I was driving 40 mph and I heard something that sounded like a bolt hitting the street from off of my car and a loud sound was coming from under the front end of my 2002 dodge neon. When my car is rolling the sound continues without even accelerating. When I accelerate, the noise gets even louder. Sounds like a plane is about to take off or like something is about to blow up. I pulled over to the side of the road and looks underneath the vehicle and I don't see anything hanging down that would drag onto the street. I need help finding out what's wrong. When I sit the car in park while it's running I do not hear the noise. When I rev on the gas peddle while it's in park, I don't hear the noise either. But once the car starts moving forward or in reverse I hear it. What is the problem? Please help.

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Hi, the problem is either a wheel bearing or driveshaft joint. You will need a mechanic to repair the car, as these repairs require experience and special tools. To verify the problem, you can get under the front of the car and grab the half-shafts--there is one on each side going to the middle of the wheel hub. Pull the shaft up/down or side to side. There should be no movement at all. If there is movement, you are holding the bad shaft. A mechanic can tell if the problem is with the shaft itself or the bearing in the hub. Please let me know if you have more questions, and thanks for using FixYa.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011

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    Jeff Turcotte Mar 17, 2011

    Sorry, but I didn't mention one other possible cause is a loose transmission mount. If a bolt came loose from the transmission mount or motor mount, it is also possible to get this kind of noise.

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    Jeff Turcotte Mar 17, 2011

    While under the car, check to see if those half-shafts are rubbing on something as they turn. If they are rubbing, something has come loose and is now out of place. Without seeing the car, it is hard to guess what it might be.

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