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Transmission problem. Car makes loud noise on 1st, 2nd and

Customer Question

Transmission problem.
Car makes loud noise on 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears but drives smoothly on 4th and 5th gears.
Please help
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

If the noise only happens in certain gears then there is a very good chance that the problem is bearing noise in the transmission. If it were tires, wheel bearings or a differential issue then it should be present in al gears, but depending on the characteristics road noise may drown it out some at higher speeds.

Can you describe the noise?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
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Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.

I'm unable to talk on the phone but can continue here as necessary.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
History about the car. 3 days ago, the car stopped on the road. It wouldn't move on drive or reverse, but on neutral, it tries to go. we pushed it to the side, I noticed that the transmission fluid was low. I put 2 quartz of fluid and let it run for few minutes. I was able to drive it on drive and it shifts without any problem but 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears make noise like vibrating. I took it to a mechanic the next day to have to fluid drained and put genuine Mitsubishi SPIII fluid.
Now I notice that it still vibrate on the gears I noted but it drives smoothly on 4th an 5th gears.
This morning when I checked the fluid I found out there is too much fluid. Can that be the problem?
The car is not leaking any fluid
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.

Is it chattering at shift points?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No it does not at shift point. It shifts just normally
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.

It's actually a noise that you're hearing rather than something that you feel?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
At first I thought it wast the transfer case and later I thought it was the differential but now I really think it is the transmission.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.

Can you describe the noise in detail?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I think I should say it drags on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears but just fine on 4th and 5th
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.

Your last post said that it was not something felt but something heard.

Are you hearing a noise, feeling something abnormal, or both?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
It's both. You feel it and you hear it too. Once the car switch to gear 4 then it goes away. Someone was driving it right now and he told me that it drags. He mentioned the torque converter and I was thinking about it too
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.

Please describe exactly what you are feeling and hearing. I am not there to be able to feel and here the issue in person so I can only rely on information posted to this page. Please include as much detail as possible.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Shuddering, grinding noise
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.

If there is a grinding noise and shudder coming from the transmission it indicates internal failure. If the transmission had disengaged while driving and the problem wasn't actually a broken CV joint (it wouldn't be intermittent), the initial problem was due to internal failure.