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I turn on my Cobalt, put it in gear, release the brake and the car will not move.
I was coming home from the movies, pulled into my parking spot and heard a loud sound. Kinda just thought I had ran over a stick and it dragged across the bottom. We sat there talking for a bit then I was going to move my car to shine my lights on something. I reversed, switch back to drive and started moving forward then everything froze. I pressed the gas but nothing would happen and pressed the brake until it would barely let me press it down enough to put the car back in park. I then restarted my car and we were able to move but it kept making a loud almost metal like popping sound under the front is where it sounded like. I pulled out, got out and look under the car but there was nothing there. So I didn't run over anything. I went around the block and every time I'd turn it'd make that loud popping sound. Got back, parked the car and gave up for the night since it was like 3am. The next day I contacted a friend and we took it out for a drive with no problems except the front driver side tire seemed to be whistling. No popping noises though, no having to restart the car to get it to move.
The second time this happened I started my car, put it in reverse, released the break and nothing. Pressing the gas wouldn't even make the engine louder. Third times the same thing and that popping noise has never returned.
However if I restart the car it all works just fine both times. Whats causing this? It's happened three times now...
Also when driving down the road my drivers side front tire seems to squeak sometimes when turning, but mostly just a whistle. And what was that Loud popping noises??!
 

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that's weird. Did pushing the gas not make the engine rev in ALL occurences? if so I think something's wrong with the gas pedal system. If not, then it's most likely the auto transmission taking a crap...

how old is the car? how many km's? what year, etc?
 

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I'm pretty sure it never made the engine rev, I'm asking my friend now if she remembers. I wouldn't say thats it though cause usually when my cars in reverse and I let go of the brake it'll start backing up, however when it does this lock up thing, it doesn't move at all. I'm going to run out to it to get the details so I'll be right back with that.

Alright its a Cobalt LS Coupe, 2005. 644,000 miles. 4 speed auto trans. My friend doesn't remember it reving either.

Another friend said it might be falsely locking itself up thinking it's rolling away even though my foot was on the brake the whole time...? So confused.

Oh I remembered something else, not only did the brakes barely let me push them but the steering wheel refused to turn no matter how hard I tried. I didn't think to try this the second or third time it happened though so I don't know if that always happens or not.
 

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Seems like a total loss of power, are you sure that the car was running when you had put it in reverse (rpm are higher than 0, should be in the 700 - 1000 when idling)? If the car had been running, but suddenly get a loss of power, your dashlights would stay lit,except engine would be off.
 

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This...is all very, very strange.

It almost sounds like the culmination of a bunch of different issues all at once...hmmm...
 

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I'm pretty sure it never made the engine rev, I'm asking my friend now if she remembers. I wouldn't say thats it though cause usually when my cars in reverse and I let go of the brake it'll start backing up, however when it does this lock up thing, it doesn't move at all. I'm going to run out to it to get the details so I'll be right back with that.

Alright its a Cobalt LS Coupe, 2005. 644,000 miles. 4 speed auto trans. My friend doesn't remember it reving either.

Another friend said it might be falsely locking itself up thinking it's rolling away even though my foot was on the brake the whole time...? So confused.

Oh I remembered something else, not only did the brakes barely let me push them but the steering wheel refused to turn no matter how hard I tried. I didn't think to try this the second or third time it happened though so I don't know if that always happens or not.
lol okay first off I think you mean 64,000miles? (644,000miles would be epic though)

Also, I have a strong suspicion that when this happens, you are accidentally put your car in "accessory" and not actually turning it on. This is when you turn your keys all the way without cranking it. This sounds EXACTLY like what you have done. Because the power steering is not on, your brakes are locked/hard, and the engine doesn't rev...but your interior lights and gauge cluster go on, am I right? If so, I think you're not turning your engine on properly...make sure the engine revs high after you crank the key all the way in the ignition.
 

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No I can hear the engine come on. And the first time it happened I was moving the car, but when I moved from reverse back to drive it wouldn't move or rev no more. I could release the brake and just sit there.
The headlights and engine both were running, the engine never stopped it just doesn't rev...
It happens randomly and not every time so I can't exactly test it very easily..
(and yes 64,400 lol evil typos)

The power steering fail recall thing? Yes I did get that replaced.

Oh and BboyTaktix I tried that if just by some rare case I had gone crazy but the engine light is on when you do it so I would of noticed that since I was looking all over for a cause lol. And it wasn't that the power steering wasn't on, I dont think seeing how two of us where trying to move the steering wheel and it would not budge.
 

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I mean, the not moving parts sounds like a fried torque converter, but the fact it doesn't rev up would not agree with that, since a toasted converter would lead to the engine just revving up fast as hell.
 

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Could it be some kind of fuse problem? Although I never heard of such thing...the maintenance section says something about only turning the tires one direction and it won't let you turn them left...I think I was able to turn the steering wheel all the way right and thats when the steering wheel locked up. But that's just a guess I can't really remember that night. It just don't make sense at why it would stop moving just cause I shifted back into drive and stop reving.
 

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it honestly sounds like you locked your steering wheel, as if the car were off...doubt it is a fuse problem, could be some kind of steering column or ignition problem, because it sounds like the car is starting, but it is acting as if it was off or as if the key was in the accessory position.
 
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