I have a question - I really don't know much about cars, but have always had Toyotas last FOREVER. I purchased a Yaris Sedan, Manual Transmission about 7 months ago. I drive a lot and already have 24k miles on it. It got its first real test driving in the snow this week, and I noticed something that concerned me. When the car started to slip when I was braking, the brakes made a grinding noise that I could hear and feel in my foot holding the brake. Is this normal? I have never felt it before. It sounded like the noise you hear when you try to put your car in gear without putting the clutch down.
I was slightly concerned also because the transmission seems to be stiffer (shifting in and out of gear is more difficult) since it got colder. Are these normal occurrances? Should I get it checked out? Please help a concerned car idiot. Thanks!