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I have a 2006 Mitsubishi Montero with a transmission or ABS

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I have a 2006 Mitsubishi Montero with a transmission or ABS problem. While driving at any speed, the cars slows and grinds as if the transmission is loaded by friction or the brakes have been applied. It may occur within a half hour of driving through a large puddle, when the system was immersed and ABS engaged. The problem normally goes away while driving but seems like a major problem. Over one year passed between the most recent occurrences with many miles driven in between. Brakes have been checked out and transmission has no problems. Any ideas?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I'm Chad. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question and I will be posting your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 1 year ago.

hey how are you

1-you will need a factory scanner or equivalent to run a diagnostic scan & retrieve fault codes from The ABS module

have you done that already , any fault codes retrieved ?

2- was a visual inspection done to the transmission any leaks ?

3- If the ABS sensor one or more malfunction , it will trigger the ABS system and lock up your brakes, i wonder if this what is happening

4- pull out the wheel and take all abs wheel sensors out and clean ,sometimes debris build up ,causes premature activation

5- is the ABS light on at this time .

6- has trans, brake fluid checked ?

Please let me know

Thank You

Chad Farhat

ASE Certified Technician

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Fluids have been checked. I don't recall whether ABS lights came on at this time.The loud grinding/growl sound occurs but the brakes may not be engaging, as the car doesn't immediately slow down. It sounds like the transmission is trying to engage a low-range gear, then finally 'clunks' and goes back to normal transmission operation and sounds. When I was young, my father had an old Willy's jeep. The sound of the Montero problem is similar to the old jeep in low-low range. Growling in low gear, probably not brake pads grinding.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 1 year ago.

yea don't sound like it ,you describing it more sounds more of transmission gear engagement issue .

if you had internal damage , it will be there constantly , does it sound like a gear not going and making grinding noise like having a bad syncro in old manual cars ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it may be a transmission engagement issue (lack of full engagement) but it occurs while driving at a constant speed. Maybe after the ABS system engaged a half hour earlier. May be a coincidence.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 1 year ago.

this a hard one , I would tear down and inspect the transmission ,

when fluid was changed was there any shaved metal in i t?

Please let me know

Thank You

Chad Farhat

ASE Certified Technician

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I guess I am forced to go to a Mitsubishi dealer to check this out. A non-dealer transmission shop may not have seen this occur. Can't find any recalls of this problem.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 1 year ago.

yes there is no recalls on it i doubled checked

I wish i can tell you exact answer on it , but not something that ran into it before on them ,so i dont want to guess

more inspection needed unfortunately


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks any way. Bye
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 1 year ago.

you welcome ,

good luck with it

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