Replaced both CV axles car still won’t move can shift the gears put in park made grinding noise automatic transmission

I was driving and heard a loud thump pulled over to see what was wrong I didn't see anything got back in car and put it in drive wouldn't move .CV axle broke had it towed home replaced both front CV axles but car still won't move I can shift the gears and when I put it in park it made a grinding noise I had the axles checked to make sure there in right and they are when the car is jacked up you can spin the tires by hand and have to stop the spinning by hand.

My car has 156000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi there. In most cases, when a CV axle breaks while the vehicle is in motion, additional damage will be done to transmission components or gear system components as well. The only way we can really help is to have a professional mechanic come to your location and complete a car will not move forward inspection, to see if they can inspect the vehicle at your location and determine what is causing this problem.

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Vehicle Will Not Move

Since the CV axles deliver engine power to the front wheels, If one of your CV axles has utterly and completely failed, the vehicle might not move at all.

If you suspect that your axles are about to break, bring your car in for service right away. Once broken completely, your car won`t move and, if they break while you`re driving, you could end up with a totaled car.
If you are referring to the front cv axles they can have a small amount of play in them. The inner joint can have a small amount of in and out movement as well as some up and down movement. It should not move at the outer joint. If it does then there may be a failure.
The play in the CV Axle joint causes the vibrations as the joint rotates thousands of times a minute. The rotation causes the joint to move inside the housing and bounce around accelerating the failure and causes the vibration you feel as your drive on the highway.
Constant velocity joints, commonly known as CV joints, are located at each end of the drive shaft. They connect the wheels to the axles as well as to the transmission. CV joints shift torque at a controlled speed to the wheels. They are also responsible for the up and down motions of the suspension system.
If a CV joint begins to fail while driving, your car will start to pull to one side as one wheel loses power. When the joint breaks completely its corresponding wheel will no longer turn and although the engine may still run, the car won`t move.
The Presence Of A Gap

If you take a quick look underneath your car, you can tell if you have a CV axle that isn`t seated correctly. The external CV joint is spaced a few inches from the transmission that connects to the axle by the back of the external CV joint. A properly seated axle would not exhibit this phenomenon.

Without two operational axles, your car won`t be going much of anywhere. They`re what transfers power to the wheels from the transmission (in a front-wheel-drive setup) or the differential (in a rear-wheel-drive system). If one of your axles is broken, do not drive the car. It`s not safe.
Wrong Axle, Bad Engineering

If the axle is too long, it can cause the CV or plunge joint to bottom out and damage the surfaces of the balls, bearings and races. If it`s too short, the axle could pull out of the plunge joint under certain conditions.

On a high-mileage vehicle with a bad CV joint or boot, it`s often a good idea to replace both shafts at the same time. Often, the right (passenger side) shaft fails first because right turns are at a sharper angle than left turns, and right turns are more common than left turns.
Experiencing a significant shudder when accelerating from low speed or a stopped position, it can be another sign of failing driveshaft components. A loose U-joint or bad center bearing within the driveshaft may cause the faltering acceleration.
Constant Velocity Joint Failure

When the CV joint fails, the axle will break, and the car won`t move. Matters can get worse if this happens while you are driving. That`s why you need to have your CV joint checked regularly. If you need CV joint repair, give our auto repair shop a call today!

Loud or Noisy Transmission

This is characterized by a high-pitched whining noise, a combination of whining and grinding noises, or a strange gurgling noise. Some of these sounds are worse than others, but all are an indication that your transaxle is malfunctioning.

Typically, on the inboard joint of a CV axle, you will be able to readily detect (feel) movement because the shaft into the transmission rides on a bushing that has some clearance. If the movement is “excessive”, that could mean the bushing is worn.
Transmission Range Sensor (TR)/ Transmission Position Sensor

The Transmission Range Sensor tells the PCM the position of the transmission shifter. The PCM uses this information to control which gears of the transmission to enable or disable.

Loose axle nuts can become a serious problem. When the axle nut is loose it allows the wheel bearing to shift back and forth which can cause damage and cause the wheel bearing to fail. When the axle nut is installed properly it is staked so it cannot come back off, though it could still become loose.
Clunking Noise

If the axle is the issue, the clunking sound you hear indicates your automobile`s inability to transfer the power and torque from the engine and transmission to the wheels to get them moving. It might be that the power/torque transfer stops at the broken axle.

Often, the right (passenger side) shaft fails first because right turns are at a sharper angle than left turns, and right turns are more common than left turns. Consequently, the right outer CV joint and boot are the first to go.
A CV axle can typically be expected to last for 80,000 to 100,000 miles under normal driving conditions. You`ll know when the axle is about to fail when you begin to hear a loud, rhythmic clicking noise coming from the front wheel as you turn. That noise is due to a lack of lubricant in one of the CV joints.
With the parking brake enabled, raise the front of the car. From here, you can check the axles at the point of their inner and outer joints. An immediate sign of concern is whether or not the CV boots are damaged or cracked. You might also see or feel a lot of grease.
The inner CV joints are actually called Plunge joints because the axle is allowed to plunge into it. The in and out movement has to be there as the suspension moves up and down the axle moves in and out of the joint. If it didn`t it would bind.
Driveshafts utilise Universal Joints (U-Joints) to connect it to other drivetrain system components, whereas a CV shaft utilises CV joints. CV Joints allow a vehicle to maintain speed while turning at a wider range of angles without causing an increase in friction.
Typically, passenger cars and light trucks have two axles with four wheels (one pair in the front and one pair in the rear). However, some larger trucks and vans may have more than two axles, so you would need to count the number of pairs of wheels to determine the number of axles.
You never want to add too much grease to a CV joint. The CV joint can get hot due to internal friction and heat transferred from the brakes and engine. The heat can cause the grease and air inside the joint to expand. The pressure can cause the boot to be forced off the body of the joint.

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Replaced both CV axles car still won’t move can shift the gears put in park made grinding noise automatic transmission
ANSWER : Hi there. In most cases, when a CV axle breaks while the vehicle is in motion, additional damage will be done to transmission components or gear system components as well. The only way we can really help is to have a professional mechanic come to your location and complete a car will not move forward inspection, to see if they can inspect the vehicle at your location and determine what is causing this problem.

I was driving had my car on gear and lost acceleration. I pushed the clutch in and put on gear but only grind but won’t move?
ANSWER : If the clutch lever, on the transmission, is functioning something has mechanically failed in the clutch and/or the transmission. If the clutch failed, and you heard gears grinding, as you tried to shift the transmission, some damage may have been done to the transmission. Even if just the clutch has failed, the engine and transmission will have to be separated to find the cause of the failure and worn out or broken parts will likely have to be replaced . To request an inspection, the recommended service is clutch system diagnostic. If you request that diagnostic, the responding certified mechanic will evaluate what you have and let you know of your repair options and costs. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Got both of my CV axles replace, and they replaced the U joint too. Drove it for a week and now it won’t move forward 1997 Honda Passport
ANSWER : Hi there – first thing to check is for proper transmission fluid level. Changing the CV joints/axles involves draining transmission fluid, and the technician may have simply not replaced the transmission fluid to the correct level. If fluid level is correct, this may be a transmision failure (forward clutches) – due to higher mileage. I would recommend a transmission inspection by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

Car won’t move. I can start the car but when I put the shifter in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, ect. The car will not move.
ANSWER : The transaxle is not engaging internally to the axle shafts inside the transaxle or you have one or both axle shafts disengaged from the transaxle. The fact that the speedometer moves when gear is engaged and clutch is released shows the speed sensor in the transaxle is getting turned.

You will need to have the vehicle raised and the axles inspected for broke or stripped shafts. If the axles do not have anything visually wrong with them then hold one wheel and try to turn the other wheel while transaxle is in gear, with engine off, to see if the wheels are locked together. When you spin one wheel the other wheel should turn in the opposite direction. If it does not then the problem is in the transaxle differential gears and the transaxle would need to be removed and disassembled to find the broken internal components.

If you need some assistance with this, consider YourMechanic, as one of our mobile technicians can come to your home or office to diagnose your acceleration issue and help make the necessary repairs to get you going again.

My car is a saturn vue 05. It starts will shift all gears. But it’s not moving when I put into gear. Even in natural it won’t move
ANSWER : Hi there. Let’s begin with the "N" position for the gear selector. That is neutral, or no direction meaning that the car does not move on its own power in that gear; only if you and possibly help from friends push the car. Do you actually feel the vehicle shift into a gear when the selector is placed in "D" or "R"? If not, this could an internal failure of the transmission; a clutch, band, etc.. no need to get into the technicalities of internal parts here. I would suggest having a qualified technician perform an inspection to avoid replacing unnecessary parts. Your Mechanic has several available technicians that can assist you with a car does not move inspection.

What does it mean when I put my car in gear and it won’t move and makes loud clicking noise 2006 Chevrolet Malibu
ANSWER : Hello – check the fluid level and quality (should be more pink than black, and not smelled burned). Check also the shifter cable – the inability to re-engage Park (which is a mechanical action) suggests the shifter is no longer connected to the transmission, or there is mechanical damage inside the transmission. The lack of forward or reverse motion may also be related to a broken shifter, or a failure of the transmission pressure pump. I recommend a transmission inspection performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, and give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

Car in park shifter will move through gears but wont shift through the gears its stuck in neutral have emergency brake on so it wont roll
ANSWER : From what you’ve described, it sounds like the shifter cable came off at the transmission or the shifter. I’d suggest checking the shift linkage on the transmission to see if the cable came off. This is due to the connector end bushing falling apart and not being able to hold the cable on any longer. Some cables have to be replaced as a whole and as with others the bushing can be replaced to fix the cable. I’d suggest contacting a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, who can come diagnose your shifting issue and make the necessary repairs to your vehicle. Good luck.

Suddenly cannot shift car into gear.
ANSWER : Hi there:

There could be multiple problems on your Saturn that are causing this problem you’re experiencing. If your clutch is worn it won’t allow you to put your car in gear. When you step on the clutch, the transmission disengages from the engine. This slows the insides of the transmission just enough to allow you to shift gears. When the clutch is worn, the slave cylinder doesn’t have enough travel to disengage the clutch from the engine, so it wont allow you to put it in gear. It’s also possible that you have broken a shift fork in the transmission. The shift forks are what actually move the slides inside the gear box to engage the gears when you move the shifter. The best way to determine exactly why you’re car won’t shift into gear is have a professional mobile mechanic complete a car is hard to shift inspection.