First off, I did a little searching, but I couldn't find the exact problem I was having...
I have a 95 Prizm, 5sp, 179,000 miles.
I having some vibration problems when between 55-70, but I found out some things to do, like check the tire balance alignment, etc. to start. I just don't know if maybe my problem below is related to the vibrations...
The other day I left the lights on and the battery died (i know stupid me). I was parallell parked so I needed to push it back 10 feet so I could get jumped... and then I noticed this awful scraping sound which sounded like it was metal on metal. It also happend one other time that I pulled out of a parking lot from a cold start, I tried to make it go away by pushing on the brake, but that didn't seam to change the pitch of the sound, or make the sound go away. As I pulled away, the sound got higher and higher in pitch and eventually went away about 1/4 mile down the road.
Keep in mind that I don't really know how to work on cars minus some routine maintenance, brakes, oil, belts, etc.
What should I start to look at first, if it's not the brakes?
Thanks in advance.