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I have a 97 Sebring Convertible JX from Florida. I live in Canada. It is a great car. I do have water in the back, but have found the reason. It has approx. 115K miles on it. I hit an open sewer drain over the winter and had a horrible hollow grinding noise, like I was dragging a tin can. Found this to be a broken axle separating from a bad bearing. Had them replaced last week. I also had the car going into limp mode every other day. Especially, if I was driving my husband to work 40 mins away. I was told my Tranny was fine and the only problem was the axle. Well, 3 days ago the limp mode started again. It seems to be just slamming into neutral and then sticking in 2nd gear. I should also say that we suspect we either have an oil leak or burning oil somewhere, but we don't know where. There is also an irregular knocking on the under carriage under my feet. This was ectremely loud when the axle on the passenger side broke, but it is quieter now but I can still feel it when I accellerate all the way through from 10kph-100kph. It does get a tad more noticable when 1. I am running close to 1/4 of a tank. 2. just before is slams into neutral and the car feels like I'm pulling something really heavy. This knock is driving me crazy because I can feel it in the floor and in my shifter. My hubby can also feel it slightly on the passenger side. Other problems include brand new squeaking brakes and the front end sounds like a rusty matress. Everytime I turn slowly, the bad spring sound is horrible! On warm days the spring sound and brakes are even worse!!!. I hope you can provide some answers. I have explained this to my mechanic and he has no idea what I am even talking about. He doesn't know where to look. I'm thinking it might be because the car is American and he's a Canadian mechanic. Oh and my engine light keeps coming on, stays for a day and then goes off until the next limp mode. The flash code indicator spit out 12, 45, 55 for the codes. While reading a repair manual, it said code 45 is transaxle. But my tranny was supposed to be perfect. Sorry for the long questions, I hope you can help me find the words to describ my problems better.

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Knocking/ dragging feeling/worse when turning feeling it on driver side is most likely a bad cv joint/axle/wheel bearing on that side. Usually accompanied by a 'clicking' sound when turning wheel at low speed. This will produce a code 45 due to the drag on the transmission. Hope that helps.

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