After the roads were plowed, some of the compacted ice/snow fell into the road. I accidentally drove over the pile and it busted up beneath my vehicle. My vehicle drove fine the rest of the day. The next morning I start the vehicle and began to drive and it starts making a loud clicking noise when I accelerate. The noise is NOT present in "Park" or "Neutral"; only when I put it into gear, and grows louder as I accelerate. This is an Automatic Transmission and when the gear shifts the noise gets quieter but soon grows louder as I continue to accelerate.
I stopped the vehicle after I heard this noise and checked underneath. I found a frozen slab of ice in between the skid plate and my front driveshaft. I broke it free but the vehicle still makes the noise. I'm afraid where the ice had froze against the driveshaft when I started the vehicle the next day that it may have damage my driveshaft and/or transmission, I'm not sure! The noise seems loudest near the very front of the driveshaft just below the actual engine.
Monday, March 11th, 2013 AT 6:44 PM