What’s involved in an inspection for a grinding noise while shifting?

During this inspection, a mechanic will identify the source of the grinding noise. Potential causes might lie in the clutch or transmission.
The mechanic can obtain a better picture of what’s going on inside your transmission by using a code reader/scanner and examining engine warning lights.
If the clutch is determined to be the source of the noise, the mechanic may opt to replace the clutch and flywheel. The transmission may also need fixing or replacing if the mechanic sees a problem with the gear synchronizers.

How do I know if I need this inspection?

If you hear grinding noise while shifting gear or if it feels like your car shakes in between gears, you should take your car in for an inspection.
Your car will also produce a grinding noise if you try to shift without engaging the clutch, so double-check that’s not the source of your problem before proceeding with an inspection.

How important is inspecting a grinding noise while shifting?

Any strange noises originating from your car’s clutch or transmission should be addressed by a mechanic right away.
Paying attention to warning lights and unexpected noises can help you avoid serious damage to your vehicle and save you money on repairs.

Tips for this inspection

You’re more likely to hear a grinding noise while shifting if you own a manual transmission vehicle.
You may hear this kind of noise if you try to shift the car without engaging the clutch, or if your clutch has gone bad and the gear synchronizers are worn out.
If you have an automatic transmission, you may hear a grinding noise if the gear changes have worn down over time and are not as smooth anymore.

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