I hit a small bump, next thing I know the car wouldn't drive, it kept running but was like the driveshaft came disconnected, was making weird noise when gave gas as if driveshaft was just spinning..


Asked by May 04, 2015 at 09:19 PM about the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Iv been told it's the flywheel but it's
an automatic transmission. Would it
go like that while driving if it was the
flywheel /flexplate and are they the

5 Answers


The only thing they share is where they mount, a flywheel is for standard transmissions, it is a large heavy piece of metal that the clutch applies itself too in order to transfer engine power to the transmission, a flex plate is a light piece of stamped steel that the torque converter is bolted too for the automatic transmission. Flex plates do break so it is not uncommon but they usually start making noise before they let go.

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Agree with TS answer all so,may need to check the cv axel,s all so,if one pops loose the car want go.


Btw once I shut it off it wouldn't start back up???


If the flex plate did indeed come apart it wouldn't. If the starter did manage to engage the ring gear it would most likely jamb up then it won't turn either.

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Bob Beaman

Most likely a broken flexplate. Very slim chance that it could be a broken crankshaft that let go at the rear main journal, but that is a long shot and you would likely have an oil leak.

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