Automatic Transmissions That Won’t Shift Gears
Let’s face it, transmissions can be tricky. It’s a very complex piece of machinery with more than enough components to keep an experienced mechanic busy for hours on end. Although it can seem overwhelming there are some simple signs you can look for if you think your automatic transmission is not working properly.
The automatic transmission does all the work that the driver would normally do in a car with a manual transmission. They shift up and down and rest the engine when in neutral. So what happens when the transmission won’t shift gears? Modern day cars have several computerized components under the hood that aid the transmission and improves performance, but it also opens more possibilities that could lead to problems.
A problem a lot of drivers experience is their cars won’t shift from first to second gear. That could lead to number of different problems, overheating being one of them. If you think there is a problem with your transmission then the first thing you should always do is check your transmission fluid levels.
Tip: Check your owner’s manual if you’re unsure how to check your vehicle’s transmission fluid levels.
Low fluid levels can lead to several performance issues including not being able to shift from first to second gear. If it’s low, check for puddles around where the car is parked for extended periods of time to see if you have a leak. If no leak is suspected, refill the transmission fluid and test it out.
This solves a lot of transmission problems but if you still can’t shift then you may need to look at your throttle cables. A faulty throttle cable that has too much slack can prevent proper shifting, or shifting at all for that matter.
Note: Older cars that aren’t computerized may have problems with the throttle cables. Cars that don’t have throttle cables have a vacuum modulator and an adjustment could do the trick.
If all else fails then you should take it in to an automotive shop for a diagnostic test. It’s possible the problem has advanced and a computerized diagnostic test is required to pinpoint the problem and its location.
At 2J’s Automotive we give your car a free diagnostic test, valued at $80, and help you with whatever situation you’re going through. Bring your car in and let the professionals get your car in working order so you can drive safely and have peace of mind on the road.
Contact us at 817-232-9866 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.