Automatic Transmissions That Won’t Shift Gears

Transmission Cutaway

Transmission Cutaway

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.

506 responses to “Automatic Transmissions That Won’t Shift Gears”

  1. jaymee Yamanoha says:

    hi just recently this afternoon my car wouldn’t start at all. Everything was completely dead, so my uncle jumpstarted it, and it was charged, but then it wouldn’t shift out from park. It only worked one time when i had some guys come check it out, but when they left it was stuck in park again. I really don’t know what to do. is it the battery, because everything else is fine, but the air conditioning wont turn on, and the gears are not changing.

    • admin says:

      This sounds like that you have something electrical going on. It could be a bad battery or alternator but I would have to see the vehicle to determine the exact cause. Let me know how we can help.

  2. Paul says:

    Hi, so my Hyundai Accent (2002) starts and initially runs well, until I start to steadily press on the gas pedal. It shifts into the initial gear but then just stays that way. As I press on the gas pedal the RPMs go up but there is no shift into the next gear. Any way to fix that?

    • admin says:

      From what you are saying it appears that the transmission needs to be rebuilt. I would need to see the vehicle to make a final determination.


  3. Michael says:

    i have a problem with my 1998 mercedes benz ml 320 in the mornings when its cold my transmission wont change gear automatic but it changes gear manually. but when its not cold it changes gear automatically fine. what could be the problem?

    • admin says:

      Your transmission could have an internal bypass leak that could cause a no shift when its cold. The only way to determine is for us to see the car and make sure its not an electrical problem.

  4. Michael says:

    so its not the transmission?

  5. lorena says:

    I have a kia Sorrento 2005. SUV. From going on reverse the car stopped and does not turn on ,.and shifts don’t work it looks they are loose …where ever shift I put the car won’t start. What’s wring with it?

  6. Shay says:

    Hi. I had replaced my tranny pan on my car and the gasket for it was broken in two areas. We had used silicone to try seal it and now my car is having a hard time shifting gears, could the broken gasket be the problem?

  7. Shay says:

    Hello again, so we just changed the gasket. It still won’t shift. How do you know if the transmission pump needs to be replaced?

  8. Stacey says:

    I have a VK commodore and recently it has started to not want to change into second gear unless I’m going extremely slow or it wont change at all and will just shoot over 3000rpm and I’ve topped up my fluids and the problem is still going what should I do??

  9. Elgin Wright says:

    I own a 1999 Acura TL I went to start my car this morning to go to work the car started perfectly like normal but when I put the car in gear for drive or reverse the car remained very still but the engine was running fine it showed that the car was in gear on the dash board but the car wouldn’t move also the check engine light was on as well with the SRS light what ever that means? Do anyone have any idea what it could be.

    • admin says:

      It appears that your transmission needs to be rebuilt. As much as I want to tell you exactly what is wrong no one can accurately diagnose over a blog until I have looked at the vehicle.

    • admin says:

      It sounds like something broke in your transmission. You need to have an expert check it out. It also could be the shifter cable broke and it is not engaging into gear.

  10. Felicia says:

    Everything is very open with a really clear clarification
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  11. nichole says:

    Hi I have a 2001 pontiac bonneville automatic. It starts just fine but it won’t always shift and the rpms just go up unless u shift it manually and it sometimes kills when I put it in reverse. What could it be?

  12. Bertha says:

    Hi my Nissian xterra worked perfectly fine this morning when i leaving to go to school this morning. But as soon as i got to school and tried to park the car it it was still in drive mode. and when i tried to put it back the drive shift it was reversing. so put it back on park ..weird cause my mom said its probably the transmission

  13. Ashley says:

    I have a 2003 trailblazer I was going down the road and my car wouldn’t shift into 2nd I thought I had knocked it out of gear but did not. I managed to make it to a empty lot. It was making a loud wining noise. Checked the fluid and it was low once I filled it up I tried to drive it home at 1st it still didn’t want to shift but eventually I was able to get up to 45 mph. And the noise went away. When I put it in park the noise started again and went back away. Do you think filling the fluid fixed it or did I mess up my transmission?

    • admin says:

      It appears you will need a transmission rebuild. It sounds like 2nd gear is out and it is trying to shift from 1st to 3rd.

  14. Maggie Ripley says:

    Hi I have a 2005 Ford Taurus. I went in and got a diagnostic from Ford services and they said it seems that my 2nd gear has gone out. Can I drive without a second gear?

    • admin says:

      If you keep driving the vehicle you will have more damage in the future and will cost more to repair. The price to rebuild will be cheaper now than in the future.

  15. Jennifer Jones says:

    I was going to turn into a parking space today and had to back up and when I went to put it in drive it would not go forward the engine was running but would not move it would work in reverse but not going forward I have a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire and it is automatic

    • admin says:

      It sounds as if something internally broke or the shift cable broke. You will need to have a transmission specialist look at your transmission,

  16. DeSean Brooks says:

    I have a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP and my car can shift in all gears but won’t drive forward using the automatic transmission but it will drive using the manual. Please help me.

    • admin says:

      It appears the forward or direct drum is damaged or forward clutches are bad and will need to most likely need to be rebuilt. You need to have a transmission specialist look at it to determine the damage.

  17. Shaulee says:

    Hello! I have a 2001 Cadillac SLS. Today I drove my car to Walmart and everything was fine. Drove it almost to my house and all of a sudden when I stopped at a stop sign and then tried to go again the car seemed to have a hard time going. I pushed the gas pedal and it would only go three mph. After 10-15 seconds it would jerk and then drive fine. My check oil level light has been on. Could a low oil level cause this? Thank you.

    • admin says:

      There are several things that could cause this. Everything from an electronic problem, motor issue, catalytic converter stopping up, or transmission problem. I would have the fluid checked and then have an expert look at the issue.

  18. Sandy says:

    I was driving off the interstate, down an off ramp, and felt a little something in my car, nothing I hoped. Anyways while turning onto the street, I notice my car was not getting out of 2nd. It finally did only after I got it to 40 rpms. What could this be?

    • admin says:

      This could be an electrical problem or an internal problem. This needs to be looked at before it can be diagnosed.

  19. Karma Heaton says:

    My husband changed the transmission fluid himself in our 04 Kia sorento now the car drives in drive, WON’T reverse, neutral wants to roll forward but doesn’t drive in neutral. And 1st and 2nd are ok. I just really want it to reverse, we nicknamed it “onedirection” cute but I’d really like it more if it went more than one direction please help! Thank you

  20. Forrest says:

    I have a ’92 Volvo 240 that (when it is cold) Will not shift out of first gear. At first I could coax it with giving it some gas and forcing it to shift, but over time shifting got more difficult. before it would’ve shifted in ten or so minutes of driving, but now I can drive it for miles with no change.However, if I let it run and warm up, it USUALLY shifts fine, but I’m starting to worry that it’s going to leave me stranded soon. What could be wrong and how much could it cost to fix?

    • admin says:

      It will probably need to be rebuilt. It sounds like you have a internal problem either with a cracked drum or bad clutches. The cost will depend which transmission you have and who works on the car.

  21. libs. says:

    I have an automatic 1995 mazda 3 with a rebuilt engine. When I’m going up a hill the car will get to 3-4 rmps before it gets to 30 mph. Smoke comes out of the exhaust every once in a while. It jumps when you first put it in drive and sometimes it doesn’t want to shift from first to second gear. What could be the problem? Help please?!

  22. deborah evans says:

    Gm I have a Suzuki grand viteria 2007. The car will start up but when put in drive, reverse or any gear it shuts off. Pl help

    • admin says:

      The torque converter is locked up and will need to be rebuilt. Please have someone check this out to confirm my diagnoses.

  23. victor olague says:

    i have a 2002 bmw 325i and it will shift gears but extremely late and i can tell the machine is forced also when im at a complete stop the rpm begin to move up and down and can shakes what should i do, i will me tion it was running low on oil for some time not sure if thats relevant

  24. Jake says:

    Hey I’m not sure if you can help but I’m puzzled, I have a 93 holden commodore it won’t change gears as its meant to it gets high revs,

  25. Greg says:

    I have a 2008 pontiac grand prix and my car won’t move and drive but can go in reverse and move in 1 gear. What could the problem be?

  26. Jam says:

    Hi, my car can drive forward but won’t reverse, I checked fluid and added more in there, but still won’t reverse, I noticed some leaks, could that be the problem? It’s a VW…

    • admin says:

      It will be in the valve body or something broke in the transmission. I would have someone look at the valve body first to rule that out.

      • Ivelisse says:

        I have the same exact problem and my car is also a VW. I’ve taken it to be repaired twice and spent a lot of money on hopes of fixing it, however, it still does not work. When it won’t go into reverse, I have to turn the car off and turn it back on, then I can move it into reverse. At this point, I’m just shocked that no one has been able to identify the problem. Do you know what it is most likely?

        • admin says:

          This is an electrical problem most likely. Have someone check out the computer and wiring to determine what is going on.

      • Ivelisse says:

        Oh, and there are time when Drive will stay stuck in first gear. 2011 VW CC Sport

  27. Funke says:

    Hi. My mercedez ML320 2002 automatic transmission won’t shift from parking unless I press something in the hole below the last gear. It initially does it once a while but now it won’t shift at all without pressing since yesterday!

  28. markita says:

    My husband replaced an automatic transmission in a 2011 Kia sorento AWD. We drove it down the driveway then it would not move no matter what gear it is in. The only thing that responds is when it is in park.

    • admin says:

      If he didn’t get the torque converter stabbed properly the pump gears probably broke. Will need to pull and change the pump and pump gears and anything else that may have been damaged.

  29. jessie says:

    I have a 2000 jeep grand cherokee laredo. We were driving and it was lugging…all the sudden it doesn’t seem to catch gears. It will shift but you don’t feel it shift and it won’t move…the check engine light is on and the engine is running fine…it just won’t move once its put into gear…i don’t even think it is shifting inside…any suggestions?

    • admin says:

      It appears that you may need a rebuild. Either something broke internally or the torque converter failed.

  30. allen says:

    I have a Chevorlet caprice and i just got the rear end replaced but transmission will not shift into second gear. What do i need to do?

  31. Renee says:

    Hello, I have a 1998 Chrysler Sebring. Recently, the car has been having problems shifting into 2nd, and then into 3rd, but ONLY if I push the gas pedal too hard. If I ease the pedal down very slowly, it will shift both times, and then it is fine. Which stinks when I have to pull out onto a main street into 45 mph traffic and stay at 20 mph until it shifts into 2nd then 3rd…when it does not shift and the rpms go up to the 4 and I’m only doing 40mph, I pull off shut the car off wait 20 seconds, restart it and go again. I’ve had someone tell me I need a timing sensor, and someone else tell me that makes no sense it is the torque converter. Any ideas? I have a feeling by previous replies on here, it’s going to need a rebuilt tranny 🙁 Expensive…all work on this car is expensive due to the way the engine is situated in it 🙁 It’s sideways and from what a previous mechanic told me, everything is hard to get to in there.

    • admin says:

      I am not aware what a timing switch is and don’t believe it is the torque converter. We would need to check it out and see if it is an electrical problem or an internal problem.

  32. Larry says:

    My 2003 town and country wont shift from first to second gear and my fluids are full? can you give me some feed back.

  33. Missy says:

    I have am 04 Acura TL, when i first drive it, it drives wonderful, switches gears and all, but after a few minutes of me driving it, it gets to where it doesnt want to change gears. It usually gets stuck at 4rpms. What could it be? i changed the Transmission fluid and filter in it hoping that was the problem, but i dont think it is.

    • admin says:

      It sounds like you may have a cross leak internal and when the ATF heats up and becomes thinner something is holding pressure. I also could be the torque converter coming apart or internal damage.

  34. cth says:

    I was driving my 1994 ford f150 automatic truck this morning and all of a sudden my truck wouldnt go from 1st to 2nd gear. Could this be a bad transmission. I had to pull over and now the truck is parked.

    • admin says:

      This could be a bad transmission but could also be an electrical issue or a computer not commanding 3rd gear. I would need to see the truck to determine the cause.

  35. Kim says:

    I have a 2010 ford focus and I am having the issue that my car will not shift randomly. It has happened 3 times now and seems that if I am driving, the wrench light will come on and then my car will not shift. If I pull over and come to a stop and turn my car off and then turn it back on it will run normally. My warranty recently expired and I am not sure what this could possibly be besides my transmission. I have 90000 miles on it and am wondering if you would have any advise on what this could be. The RPM’s do not go up, it will just not go.

    • admin says:

      This could be an electrical problem. What you need to do is when the light comes on drive straight to a transmission specialist and have them scan for a code and then they may be able to tell you what is going on.

  36. Kim says:

    Thank you!!!

  37. Kim says:

    Thank you!

  38. Xavier says:

    Hey, my car worked perfectly yesterday but this morning, I went out to start it and nothing happened. I noticd when I looked under the good that it wasn’t in park because it rolled but I know I put it in park last night. Would that be the transmission?

  39. SHAY says:

    My 2004 Mitsubishi Diamante won’t shift gears. It’s like I’m stuck in neutral, can’t move forward or backwards. Could that be a throttle cable?

  40. Mónica Woodlief says:

    My car acts like the battery is dead I want to move it so my son help me with jumping cables but the gear is lock I can’t get to change gear from park to neutral to push the car, press the clutch deep and nothing.

    • admin says:

      There should be a manual release for shifter. You usually have to put the key into a slot to release the shifter.

  41. israel tamoria says:

    my car nissan altima 2009 engine starts and running and on drive but will not move.

  42. Samantha says:

    Hello, my 04 trailblazer will not go past 25-35 mph in D. I can get up to the speed, but if I take my foot off of the pedal and try to accelerate again my RPMs just go up and I start losing speed. Once I come to a stop I can then accelerate again, but it will only let me get up to 25-35 mph. The codes that came up in the computer were my 02 sensor and timing sensor. I fixed the timing sensor, and I fixed the 02 sensor about a month ago. I’m not sure whats going on I was doing research and thought it might have gone into safe/limp mode? What do you professionals think? Im a single mom of 4 and cant just go around fixing the whole dang truck, but I need it, its my everyday rider. Any help is appreciated!! Thank you!

    • Samantha says:

      My 04 trailblazer, runs perfect in Reverse, 2nd, and 1st too. ^^^^^^^^^^ Just not in Drive or 3rd. Only can go 25-35

    • admin says:

      Since you made the fix on what the computer was telling you my guess is you will need to rebuild the transmission

  43. Dale Zeigler says:

    My 2003 Acura automatic transmission, shifts hard into park, but, then car won’t start. Have to use the shift interlock to get into neutral to start car. Could this be a transmission problem?

  44. melissa says:

    Hi. My car bucks when going into reverse and drive but more in drive, violently. I have a 2000 Jimmy but got in last December so idk when things were last done to it. Fluid is fine but what can I do or ask someone to look at? Thanks!

  45. damian stone says:

    My Pontiac grand Prix 2000 gtp supercharged won’t drive when I put it In drive but will reverse just fine. So to drive it I have to shift it gear by gear.

    • admin says:

      It sounds like you have a cracked forward or direct drum and is not able to build up enough pressure to automatically shift. More than likely you will need a rebuild.

  46. Justin says:

    My 2000 nissan maxima won’t shift out of first gear. I can only get up to 40 mph

    • admin says:

      It sounds like your transmission needs to be rebuilt. Check with a professional to do diagnostics to determine.

  47. angel davis says:

    Hey I have a 06 impala and today my car will only drive in 1 and 2 when check I had no transmission fluid so If I put some in there will my car be all right out my transmission is about to go out .thanks

  48. Tee says:

    I have a 2003 pontiac Aztek. My car starts up just fine, but when I put the car in any gear, the car just sits there and will not move. It just passed a smog two months ago, and I had an older guy do a tune up on it and that’s when the car started messing up. Then the tranny’s dipstick tube busted, and I was driving it like that for two weeks, and got that replaced as well as a tranny flush, got a new filter and new oil. Now my car just turns on and won’t go anywhere. The transmission sounds good. Is there any other problem that can cause the car not to move?

    • admin says:

      First I would never flush a older higher mile transmission because of this issue. Many times when you power flush a transmission you move all of the debris from the pan and it is sent throughout the transmission which can cause many problems. Secondly it appears that your transmission has gone out and will require a rebuild. This conclusion is before I have seen the car and performed any diagnostics but there are not any other things that can cause a non move issue unless one of the front axles is broken.

  49. Tee says:

    Thank you.

  50. Emily says:


    I have been frantically calling all over to different mechanic shops. I have a 1997 GMC Jimmy 4 WD 4.3l engine. It does not shift into 3rd or 4th gear. The fastest it will go is about 30 mph. I have two different shops telling me they need to take out the transmission to diagnose it, which I get, but that costs a certain price. I just want to know if you think it will be a lot of things wrong with it (for a rebuild) or maybe not that much considering it goes into first and second gear. If I have them take it out to look at it then they give me a huge estimate, I am out the money for them to take it out. Please help!

  51. keke says:

    Hi i have a 2007 chevy malibu my car will reverse just fine but when i put it in drive it will not go help me with this matter so i can see where to go from there

    • admin says:

      It appears either your direct drum is cracked or the clutches are worn out. More than likely you will need to rebuild the trans. Always remember to have a qualified professional diagnose before rebuilding.

  52. Jasmine says:

    I have a 01 grand prix GTP and drove it all day and drove fine no problems got home husband got in it to go to work and it put it in reverse then drive and it would not go anywhere all gears work but Drive and 3 rd plz help me

    • Jasmine says:

      Hi again i had some friends tell me it could be the sensors or linkage Plz tell me its something simple cuz I really cant afford a new or even rebuild trans

  53. Derek says:

    Hello I have a Chrysler 300 2005 rwd. My car has been sitting for a year and a half when I drive the car won’t shift out of 1st gear. Could it be my solenoid valve?

  54. justin says:

    2002 mitsubishi diamante ls v6 with the F4A51 trans motor shuts off when u put it in any gear. U can Rev the engine up a little and then put it in gear and it will take off once u get moving it changes fine I. Hep check TCC solonord and power leaving the PCM and its not telling THE TCC to lock up but tgr torque converter is still staying locked up please help ASAP

    • admin says:

      This is a common problem with torque converters. My opinion is you need to rebuild the transmission due to the trash that the converter spreads throughout the transmission. Some people will sometimes just change the converter but that can be problematic due to the trash.

  55. Zee Bilal says:

    I have a 2007 automatic transmission chrysler pacifica. Recently, it just wouldn’t go into park one night when I got home. I wasn’t having any problems on the way home. Then the next day I discovered it would go into reverse, but the engine took a lot of power for it to reverse very slowly. Now it will park, but shifts gear very slowly when I drive. What is going on? Could it be transmission fluid, or a shifter cable?

    • admin says:

      Probably not. Someone needs to perform some diagnostics on the van to see if it is an internal problem or possibly a solenoid block that has gone bad.

  56. Kelly says:

    My 2007 automatic Mini Cooper would not switch gears on the way home tonight. Also, some of the warning lights were flashing on and off (like there was a short in a fuse), and the speed odometer and heat gage monitor needles were bouncing all over the place. What could this be? Where do I start?
    Thanks for your help.

  57. Bryan says:

    I have a vw polo vivo DSG/automatic transmision, when hot it rolls back when put in drive but drives well when cold

    • admin says:

      If I remember correctly the DSG trans is a manual trans that shifts automatically. I would have to see the vehicle before telling you what is wrong.

  58. Miguel Morán says:

    Hi i hAve a 2006 ford Milan it won’t go on drive but low gear and than manual to drive and the car runs fine makes all the gears without a problem could it be solenoid or body valve ?

  59. Miguel Morán says:

    ThAnk you

  60. casey says:

    My car will not shift from first to second if I put it in drive from park. But If I put it in reverse first then drive. It shifts normal

  61. Kathy Harris says:

    I have a ’77 CJ7 with a 383 Stroker and a turbo 400. I was driving and had been on the road for about 20 miles. I stopped and then got back in it and started back down the road. A couple of miles down the road, it was like it jumped out of drive and into neutral. It revved up but wouldn’t go. I pulled off the road. I put it through all gears. I can feel it go into reverse and I can feel it go into 1st. I can’t feel it shift to drive or 2nd. However, it just revs like it is in neutral. When I put it in park it makes a little grinding noise. Fluid is full. I changed the fluid and filter about 200 miles ago, too.

  62. Kristen says:

    Hello, my son drives a 1998 Mercury Tracer with only 56k miles. The car will not go from park to drive?

  63. Everett says:

    Hi, so I have a 2000 ford mustang that’s having some shifting problems it runs and shifts fine until I hit about 40 mph I believe it’s not shifting into 3rd gear because once you hit that spot the engine will rev up loud but won’t go any faster reminds me of how a car acts when revved when in neutral I’ve already replaced the filter and replaced the fluid any other thoughts?

    • admin says:

      It appears that 3rd gear is burnt up and will not engage since the clutches won’t grab. This will require a full rebuild.

  64. linda says:


    Lately when I accelerate I can not feel my 2006 Taurus shifting. Car has 85,000 miles on it.

  65. Mike says:


    I have a 2002 Toyota Previa it drives in D,2 and L but, doesn’t seem to change up as revs increase. It won’t select reverse either. It did show a P0755 OBD 2 code also. Any help would be great.

    Thank you.

  66. veronica says:

    I have a chrysler 300 2006. This morning I turned my car on, no weird noises or anything wrong, I went to reverse and my gears wouldn’t budge. There’s no lights on indicating there’s a problem. What could it be?

    • admin says:

      It appears your transmission or cv axle has broken. You need to have a specialist look and diagnose your car.

  67. Dawn says:

    I have a 04 Pontiac Montana. It gets stuck in first gear after it has been in reverse. If I drive very gently it will eventually go into second and then drive fine after, until I have to put it in reverse again. Is it safe to drive?Thanks

    • admin says:

      I can’t determine if it is safe or not until I see it. You need to get it to a professional to determine what’s wrong.

  68. Belinda says:

    Hi I have a 2007 pontiac grand prix and it will not accelerate on D, 3, or 2 but it does accelerate on 1 no faster than 5 mph and it will reverse. Can u tell me what my problem is and if its a small matter that can be fixed or if I need to replace my transmission?

  69. ben says:

    I’m looking to buy a car for pretty cheap. One of the cars I’m looking at apparently won’t go anywhere in drive (automatic transmission). It only works in 1st and 2nd gear. So I’m thinking the tranny is toast or will be soon. Is there anyway it’s a smaller problem? Maybe one that’s not too hard to fix or too expensive. Any ideas?

  70. julieta says:

    hi i have a 2007 fprdexplorer sport trac and it wont move from parking and was leaking oil im not sure if its from trans. or the motor what can i do or whats the problem

  71. Tyrone King says:

    I have a 2011 Nissan Pathfinder. I started pulling out of my garage in reverse and realized I left something in the house, so I pulled back in to the garage to run into the house for a quick second. I backed out of my driveway again, but then I could not move the gear into drive. The furthest the gear would go was into neutral. So now my car is stuck in the driveway. Please help.

  72. Sharon says:

    Hello. I have a 2000 Lincoln Navigator that won’t shift gears. It first started out not wanting to stay in park. Now I have to put it in neutral to start. This morning as I arrived for work, it won’t go into park at all, it only goes to 1 or 2 and I am unable to get my keys out. So it is still in drive with the parking brake on. What do you think may be the problem?

  73. Chris says:

    2000 ford mustang. First time I get it out I can put it in drive no problem. But then any subsequent attempts after parking I have to shift into second before I can put it in to drive while still stopped. It is an automatic transmission. Any opinions?

  74. Jose says:

    I have a cadillac sts 2005. It’s starts up all fine. Sounds like normal but it won’t shift into any gear. I was just using it yesterday and it just happened. What do you think it might be? Thanks.

    • admin says:

      If the shifter won’t move it could be in the shifter or a brake switch not allowing the shifter to move. If the car won’t move after shifting into gear then it’s most likely going to need a rebuild. That is a sign that the torque converter went out or the pump is damaged. See your local professional.

  75. Kasey says:

    I bought a 2000 Saturn LS1 some time last year and the car had already been sitting for 2 years. I just got it road worthy again and the power steering was acting up but that just needed a fluid top-up and bleed. Now the car runs it just refuses to shift at all. I have already changed out the filter and oil and to no avail. Please help I don’t know what to do at this point.

    • Kasey says:

      It should also be noted that there was a bad electrical short in the system that I “assumed” had been cured.

      • admin says:

        There are not too many reasons for a no shift. One is that something is broken and will not allow it to shift and /or the computer is not commanding the shift.

    • admin says:

      It sounds like you will need a rebuild. You will need to have an expert look at it.

  76. Dawn says:

    I have a 2007 Ford Freestyle Automatic car won’t change gears RPM’s get pretty high. Would only do it sporadically
    This week it has been everyday IF I run more than one errand. Fluids are full has 120,000 . Is the transmission going bad? Very hot in CA 100 + every day past couple of weeks

  77. aleisha says:

    My 2003 Mazda 6 sometimes acts like it doesn’t want to go while driving so i take me foot off the gas for a second than it goes as normal.or sometimes it rev up while drying than goes back to normal. It is an automatic but has the manual option. was wondering if it was a good idea for a 12 hr road trip

    • admin says:

      It is an automatic transmission whether you are in the manual shift or automatic shift. I would not head off on a 12 hour drive with these conditions but rather have a person that knows these transmission liik at it.

  78. Lizzie Simpson says:


    • admin says:

      If you are describing that the shifter wont go into drive the problem could be in the shifter or shifter cable. If you are describing that when you put it into gear and it wont move in drive you could have internal damage especially if you ran with low fluid levels. You will need to have an expert look at your vehicle.

  79. Daniel says:

    Hey I have a 1997 Mitsubishi eclipse I just put the new engine in and got ready to pull out of the garage and put it in drive but all it does is rev in any gear I put it in it revs doesn’t move or anything it doesn’t even stay still when in park I never had any transmission issues before changing out the engine’s and everything was re coneakded so what could be causing that? ?

    • admin says:

      It appears when someone bolted up the tranny and torque convertor was not installed properly and it broke the pump gears and potentially damaged the pump.

  80. brandon says:

    hey my chevy Silveroado will take off and drive fine in all gears. but once it gets warmed up it wont take off in any gear we check the tranny level and it pretty high could this be my problem or something else??

    • admin says:

      High level is a sign the pump is going bad. There is probably a lot of metal in the pan stopping up the filter then it will stop moving.

  81. JP says:

    I have a 98 Ford F150 automatic transmission. Lately it goes all the way up to 3000 rpm’s before it changes into second gear. Do you think this is most definitely a transmission problem? I also recently noticed my muffler is cracked could this be causing the problem?

  82. Adam says:

    I have a automatic 1999 Camaro z28 it will Not shift correctly unless I do it manually which is only 1st and 2nd otherwise it just revs up and shifts by its self sometimes most of the time itll just rev up, any ideas to what it might be?

    • admin says:

      It probably needs to be rebuilt

      • Pierre says:

        Hi I’m having the same issue as above. It drives just fine if I drive it from first second and then into drive. The only reason I don’t feel it needs to be rebuilt is because I Had the vehicle doing this since it had only 20k miles and its a daily drive now at 80,000. it was parked for a very long time prior to me aquiring it at 20k miles. Its a Kia Sephia year 2000. If you have any Idea what I can do to resolve this issue it would be great. Do you think it could be the shift solenoid or the transmission range censor?

  83. stuart says:

    My Malibu 2000 starts up ok but when I go to shift out of park while pressing on the brake it shuts off. I have to do this several times before I get to shift it into drive or reverse without it shutting off. What causes this and would a faulty egr valve exacerbate the problem.

    • admin says:

      It appears your torque converter is not unlocking land killing the engine. Either a solenoid or rebuild is usually what will correct it.

  84. Steven says:

    Guy at work has a 97 jeep yj, 4 cyl. Auto. Had transfer case replaced, don’t know why. No car only moves from one low then can shift to drive and is fine, but the process has to be done everytime he comes to a stop. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

  85. steven says:

    I have an 04 accent (automatic). When I turn my car on and drive it shifts fine. After a few mins of driving it won’t shift gears or down shift to first. I pull off the road turn my car off for 10 sec and turn it on and its shifts fine again for a few mins. It does this every time after turning my car on and off. Is it a mechanical or electrical issue.

    • admin says:

      It sounds like an electrical problem. The computer is seeing a problem and puts the car into limp mode. Once you cycle the key it deletes the code until the computer sees the problem.

  86. steven says:

    What part or parts would need to be replace for the electrical problem

  87. stuart says:

    why does my car shut off when I engage the brake and shift out of park would a faulty egr valve cause this problem.

  88. lulama says:

    I drive auris 1.6 when I’m driving it just stop turn to neutral and shows dash sign and when I switched off and start again after few minutes it goes

  89. steven says:

    I have an 04 accent (automatic). When I turn my car on and drive it shifts fine. After a few mins of driving it won’t shift gears or down shift to first. I pull off the road turn my car off for 10 sec and turn it on and its shifts fine again for a few mins. It does this every time after turning my car on and off. If electrical what part or parts to replace

  90. kristy says:

    I have a 03 automatic dodge neon with high mileage. My dad just fixed the transmission 2 months ago and now the car won’t shift out of first gear

  91. Steve says:

    My 2006 Toyota Sienna ran fine on Friday, wouldn’t start on Saturday. Neighbor gave me a boost, but couldn’t rev more than 1000rmp and couldn’t shift out of park. Any ideas?

  92. Michell Plawin says:

    Hello, I have a 2001 VW Jetta. A red thermostat light popped on and also the gears will not shift. It seems to not catch first gear. It goes in reverse perfectly fine, but only goes in drive when the idle hits 30 mph or higher. What could the problem be?

    • admin says:

      I would first change the thermostat and see if that will help the shifting. It may be a fail safe issue so you don’t burn the transmission or you may have already burnt it up.

  93. Gazi says:

    Hi,I have Colorado 3.0 TD automatic gearbox, I shift to reverse but the car move slowly even i accelerate,also the car doesn’t shift from 3 to 4 gear.Could you help me

  94. Gazi says:

    Does the throtle cable give those problems ?

  95. Nick says:

    I have a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer AWD. When I get up to about 35-40 mph, it does not shift gears and then the rpms just go up. I have to put it in neutral and then back into D to engage, but it will keep doing that. Also, I hear a high pitch whine the whole time. I appreciate any help.

    • admin says:

      It sounds like your OD clutches are worn out and possibly the torque converter is coming apart. You will most likely need a rebuild.

  96. Andrew says:

    Just bought a 79 oldsmobile toronado. 350 v8. Unexpectedly drove over some pretty rough terrain while driving from Palm Springs to vegas. Once I got on I15 it wouldn’t switch into gear. 76000 miles on the car. Transmission fluid appears to be good. Please help.

  97. quita says:

    My car seem like it’s stuck in second geat i put it on the machinend it read p0700 it go in drive and reverse

  98. Luis says:

    Hi I have a 2000 Dodge Durango 5.9 4X4. It will not shift in any gears at all. the RPM’s was going all the way on the freeway and right after truck died(only day this ever happened was not an ongoing problem). Flushed tranny fluid no smell or no shavings. Could it be anything else besides the Tranny?

    • admin says:

      I don’t believe in flushing due to the fact that pressure can cause more problems than just a pan drop and filter change. It appears it will need a rebuild.

  99. Amanda says:

    I have a 1994 cadillac sls an it goes into drive and goes but won’t shift to higher gears.. Help!!:/

    • admin says:

      It sounds like the transmission needs to be rebuilt. If it is a Northstar engine the cost will be high. Don’t be surprised when someone tells you the cost to rebuild.

  100. stephanie says:

    I have a 2005 Chevy impala 3.8 l and today all of a sudden I backed out n reverse then went forward everything was fine but I drove bout two miles n my car wouldn’t go forward. So I put transmission fluid in. Then I could only drive in second gear. But not in drive.. what do u think it is?

    • admin says:

      If you drove the vehicle with low fluid level long enough you may have damaged the transmission or you have another problem that has caused the transmission to go into limp mode. Someone will need to determine the damage.

  101. aldo says:

    i just bought my car like 3 days ago 1996 bmw 328i i took it into the shop to get an oil change. and when i left the shop i was driving it and it didnt catch gear i could shift to drive but it wouldnt do automatic shifting on its on. did the mechanic do something wrong i read a mechanic once emptied the transmission fluid and put oil in there as a newbie mistake and also i noticed the mechanic broke an air hose could thatt be it

  102. Manny says:

    I have a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport. It will not shift into drive unless I hold my foot on the gas or give it a few hard revs to the floor. I put it in drive and it sits there but if I press the gas to the floor about 4-5 times, it will violently jerk into gear, then drive fine. Sometimes after driving I don’t have to press the gas as many times for it to jump into gear. Reverse works fine but it is the same for D, 2, and 1.

    • admin says:

      You will either need a valve body or the transmission will need to be rebuilt. You need to get a complete diagnostic procedure to confirm this.

  103. Tyler says:

    Hi! I have a 2001 Dodge Neon. For the past couple of days, I’ve been noticing that 1st and 3rd gears have been inconsistent in catching during my morning drive to work, but start working just fine as the day goes on. Today on my way to work, I found that I couldn’t get my car to shift to 1st or 3rd at all. Only 2nd, 4th and 5th. Before this week, my car hasn’t ever given me these problems.

    • admin says:

      I believe you have a band in the transmission that is probably going bad and slowly has worn out making it hard to catch 1st and 3rd. Have someone perform a diagnostic because it also could be in the valve body or in an internal drum.

  104. michael says:

    MY 2002 gmc seirra 1500 will only operate in 1st and 2nd gear, when I put it in drive it slips and when I put it in 1st it will shift up to 2nd. If I start out in drive it slips, but when I step on it it shifts down to 2nd. I hope I dont need a new transmision

    • admin says:

      You most likely need to have yours rebuilt. It appears that your 3rd and 4th gear clutches are worn out. Take it to a professional to be completely diagnosed.

  105. Hello I am very considered about my GMC envoy 2005. My car will not go in to drive or gear 3 it will only drive in gear 2 and 1. I park my car in the same place everyday no sign of anything leaking there was no smells I had transmission fluid what can’t it be

  106. lisa says:

    Hi i have a 1998 dodge caravan. it was running fine then my husband changed the fuses cuz they were all burnt out. i left yo go to the store and the car won’t shift from first to second gear it is an automatic transmission. the services engine light is on and it doesnt over heat, the fluid is full. what could the problem be?

  107. pablo says:

    I have a 2000 lincoln navigator put in a new transmission also a new oil pan gasket when I did the oil change on it I noticed what looked like shine silver particles that do not feel like metal now my lincoln will shut off when I switch it into any gear what couldn’t be going on

    • admin says:

      It sounds like your torque converter is not working properly and not unlocking. It also could be that when the trans was installed it wasn’t stabbed properly and the pump gears were damaged.

  108. pablo says:

    Also when I tried to turn it on I heard a loud pop sound and the lincoln navigator started to shake

  109. thennakoon says:

    I have 1996 Toyota CR41 vehicle. when it is beginning
    to driven more or less 1/2Km there isn’t shift up from 2nd to 3rd.but after that distance it works ordinary.

  110. carla lewis says:

    I have a 2004 Trail Blazer automatic and it will crank fine but when trying to put it in gear it wont catch. It feels like its stripped.

  111. Candice says:

    I have a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe, has 99,000 miles 3.5L. After changing the alternator (alternator did die and drained my battery, the shop recharged the battery) now it seems be stuck in 3rd gear and doe not wont to shift (it is a automatic). Fuilds are good, transmission was flushed between 50-60,000 miles.

  112. Chantel says:

    Hi, I have a 2001 Hyundai xg350, and it won’t shift any higher then third. Also when it goes into lower gears the car jumps, everything else works fine it just doesn’t want to hear up or down properly. What could this be?

  113. Pablo says:

    Hello it’s me again with the Lincoln navigator today I had to move the car for parking reasons I tried to start it and shift it into gears many times it kind of jerked forwards then it would shutt of but then it finally moved It ran for about a block then just began to jerk forwards again to fix the torque converter would I have to take the whole transmission down also is it the tourque converter or the tuorque converter solenoid

  114. Jason says:

    I have a 2007 ford f150 and changed the trans filter and fluid. When you are driving around 50 mph it starts jerking and down shifting on its own. What could be the problem?

    • admin says:

      Someone needs to look at your truck. It could be an engine miss or a transmission problem and needs diagnostics performed.

  115. Corey says:

    I have a 97 automatic Sebring convertible and it drives and everythingbut when shifting to 2nd or 3rd(?) gear and it jerks at the same time after those gears its driving normal.what is the issue??

  116. Jacob says:

    So my jeep recently got bigger tires and I think that could be the part of the problem, but my transmission now doesn’t shift gears until 4 to 5 rpms. What’s the problem?

    • admin says:

      Have someone diagnose the problem. It could be a speed sensor or other electrical issue. Sometimes larger tires can also damage transmissions because ratios are being changed.

  117. cody says:

    I have a 2000 sunfire 2.2l, when i put the car into reverse it wants to but doesnt go, then i put the car in drive the rmps just rise no shifting, when i put it in 1 or 2 it works like its suspose to i dont know wht the problem is

  118. senen says:

    i have a problem with my 1999 chevy tahoe.. first happened while going around 75 mph i noticed the car felt a little shaky nd the engine started making a sound like it wanted to turn off so i let go of the gas nd tried to accelerate again nd it wouldnt so i pulled over to the side of the freeway and the cars power steering went out going around 5-10 mph with the ignition still on. when i came to a complete stop i turned the ignition off and on again ,the car started working again. still happends now everytime im hitting the 70 mph area i have no clue what it could be any help?

  119. daniel franklin says:

    I have a 1965 Chevy truck with a shift kit in the 350 auto transmission,lateley it will not shift into second gear but I can move it to third without a problem

  120. dj says:

    My mom’s 2004 Nissan quest mini van made a loud “popping” noise and then just stopped. She said it won’t move is like she is in neutral. What could that be ?

  121. David Mitchell says:

    2006 Nissan Pathfinder, goes through all gears fine. No shudder or jerking. However, once I stop, vehicle has not downshifted and is still in drive. If I retart engine it goes through all gears fine again until next stop. On the other hand, if I put the car in 3rd it goes through the gears up to 3rd and after stopping, it has downshifted properly and pulls away from stop normally.

  122. koolchris75 says:

    My 2007 Chrysler 300C just had transmission work done on it where they fixed all the leak issues. It’s been about two weeks driving it and now it won’t go into gear. What do you think it is and is it a easy fix?

  123. Nichole says:

    Hi. I was going to buy a 2002 v6 front wheel drive van off this guy he said he just had the transmission replaced in it but when you put it in any gear even rev it sounds like it’s in neutral you give it the gas the rpm’s goes up then after a few sec’s it’ll kinda jerk then take you know what it could be or if it would cost a lot to fix..thank you..

    • admin says:

      First thing I do not know what make and model you are looking for so giving you an answer is impossible. Second it could be anything from a solenoid pack or internal damage. The owner should take it back to who worked on it.

  124. Kaitilyn Furister says:

    Hi, so recently, my boyfriend and I did an oil change on my car. After this oil change, my car started to act funny. If I am at a stop light, stop sign or just even trying to get out of a parking space, it won’t even go into gear at all. It is like it is stuck in neutral. After a while it finally goes, but it really doesn’t seem like it wants to. It is an automatic 1998 Chevy Prism and I have never had any problems with it before… I don’t know why it is doing this, but just today I was almost hit by another car because of it. It is a 3.8 liter and it was only at 2.5 liters when the oil stick said it was above full. Do I need to drain oil or does it sound like it is something else?

  125. Frank says:

    I have a 2005 chevy trailblazer . I am able to shift from park to reverse, neutral and drive, but the car does not move. What may be the problem?

  126. Richard berry says:

    I have a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica that just started out going in 2nd or 3rd gear and won’t change while driving. When moving my shifter from park to reverse it shifts hard same thing with moving it to drive..

  127. Terra Leeper says:

    Hi my can broke down the other day and the tie truck driver hooked it up to some coffee reader thing (check engine light came on) it said it was a solenoid issue. We changed the solenoid pack, but the car still won’t shift gears. It goes in reverse and drive fine but won’t shift. What do you think it could be? Please don’t say transmission rebuild…lol

    • admin says:

      Sorry but if the solenoid pack was changed it probably affected something in the transmission and may now need to be rebuilt.

  128. tyler says:

    Hi,I have a 98 f150. My truck has been sitting for a few months. It cranks up just fine,but that’s it. I shift it into gear and reverse and it acts like its in neutral. I added some transmission fluid in in,waited a few minutes and it worked,a month later without driving it,my dipstick was dry for transmission fluid and the same problem accured. Can you give me any advise,thank you.

  129. John Mask says:

    I have a 97 Ford explorer sport. the transmission when I put it in drive it will be fine till I get to about 30 then it revs up to 4 rpms I messed around trying ti get it to go into gear it would but then it will rev high again. I put it in neutral and back to drive while going down the road I can feel it going in gear then it pops back out again I had to drive in 2 all the way home everything else works fine. should I trade the car in for another or fix the transmission what’s cheaper

  130. scott says:

    I have a 1994 Ford Thunderbird V8 non turbo with an automatic transmission. My problem is very intermittent. At lower speeds, the car may not exceed 3000 rpm. I assume this is the shift point from 2nd to drive. It has happened twice after being driven below 40mph for 30+ minutes (engine was normal operating temperature) and once when the engine was cold. One time I noticed my engine temp creeping above normal and I could smell burning friction plates as I was trying to safely get off the road.
    All 3 times, I turned off the car, restarted the engine and it ran fine (including a frustrated torture run at 90mph in 2nd gear with a top of 130mph trying to get it to fail again – it ran and shifted beautifully). Transmission fluid is clean and not burned.
    Any chance this is a clogged filter, bad modulator valve, or some computer control?
    Thanks for your advice in advance!

  131. jaime says:

    Hi, I was driving my 2005 Honda pilot and suddenly after slowing down when I tried to accelerate it made a whirring noise and felt like it had no power, it made the loud noise in drive, reverse, neutral and it wouldn’t go into park. It would make louder noise when placed in park. It sounded as if it wouldn’t go into place.

  132. kyduff says:

    I have 2000 grand caravan 3.8L. When I put it into gear u can hear and feel it switch and want to go but it almost feels like the brakes are on (they are not I check). This goes for all heard. If I shut it off and start it up it will go into gear and go a few feet then stop. At one point after starting and restarting a bunch of times I was able to drive it home backwards and it ran fine(I was in my neighborhhood and didn’t get far) but that was the last time it moved in reverse. U can still feel like it wants to go into R but it won’t go (same thing as D it feels likbe it is being stopped) but when it goes a few feet after shutting it off and restarting it, it feels like it is running right for that brief moment. The fluid level is good but probably could use a fluid change as it is brown and only been done once and has 175k miles on it but it doesn’t smell burnt or black. Could this be anything other than tranny is shot? Tks for your anticipated suggestions

  133. Ian Gibson says:

    2006 Mustang GT automatic
    No reverse or drive…It’ll catch in drive but you really have to floor it to get any movement.
    Only 1st through 3rd if shifted “manually”
    No leaking of fluids that I could see.

  134. yannick says:

    Hi mate,

    I’m having an issue with my commodore 94 berlina. In the morning it wont move when I accelerate but after a few minutes it goes alright then sll good through out the day. The transmission fluid level is ok, even got it flush last week and no leaks. Any idea whats happening?

    Thanks you the help,


    • admin says:

      First I do not believe in flushing transmissions. second, I am not familiar with your car or the transmission but it sounds like you may have the first signs of transmission problems. Have someone check it out.

  135. Tyler six says:

    Hello I’ve recently bought a acura tl 3.2 year 2000 with 115k miles on it and for the first 2 weeks she ran like a beauty cold ac and everything. Recently the ac stopped working one random night and then a couple days after I was on the freeway driving and it shut off. I coasted off the freeway and then waited for a bit and it started back up. I made it a couple miles before it did the same. I managed to get it off the freeway on the side of a service Nissan dealer. Car was completely dead the next morning so I jumped it up and still wouldn’t start right before the third switch to start it would just click. I did the old trick of hitting the starter with my hammer and it started right up. After doing so I let it run idle in park but when I went to put it in reverse nothing happened just rpm went up. I have no checked tranny fluid yet, or put any new inside. Lmk if you can help, thanks.

  136. robert says:

    Ive got a 06 dodge ram. My rpms run low and it feels like it doesn’t want to change gears. And today it started to shake and fill like it was going to die.

  137. Paul farias says:

    My 2004 Mazda 6 turns on and runs but when I get on the highway or it runs and gets hot it doesn’t want to shift. What could it be?

  138. zach says:

    Hi my 97 mercury sable will not start. The engine won’t crank and it is stuck in park. What should I do?

  139. Rachel says:

    We are looking at buying a 2001 Ford Escape with only 103000 miles on it. The owner has stated that the car has a transmission issue. The car will not shift automatically through first and second gear and has to be shifted manually with the gear shift through all of the lower gears. I realize that it could be anything from something small to a full rebuild. He’s only asking $1500 for the vehicle. Can you tell me what types of issues that would cause these symptoms?

  140. innocent says:

    I have got a mazda etude 1995 model ,it only goes up to second gear only and fails to go to the others above second.

  141. Jessica says:

    I have a 2010 Chevy Cobalt automatic. About a month ago the car stopped shifting past second gear. So we replaced tranny and changed fluids but the car still isn’t shifting past second what else could cause this?

    • admin says:

      I would start electrical diagnoses. The computer may not be commanding the shift for some reason or another, wiring, computer problem or other electrical fault.

  142. JessicaV says:

    I have a 2004 Altima 2.5 automatic. I’ve got my transmission replaced over a year ago, and I’m having problems with it again. It grabs the 1st and 2nd gear but for some reason its not shifting to the 3rd or 4th. I’ve taken it to a mechanic and told me it not my transmission that is my car’s computer. I just want to know what else I can do?

    • admin says:

      It very well could be your computer. If the computer is not commanding to shift into 3rd and 4th. You may be able to re-flash the computer or you may need a new computer. The dealer would be able to tell you.

  143. Denise says:

    Hi. I have a 5 month old 2014 Dodge Journey 4cyl automatic. First thing in the morning it will not shift into 3rd and runs at about 3000-3500 RPMs. After about 7 minutes driving it stops acting up. Service advisor said he never heard of it. The temps are in the hihh 40s to low 50s when it happens. Did not notice it this summer. Thoughts?

  144. joe says:

    I have a 1988 Chevy Beretta gt and it will shift into 1st and 2n but will act like it’s in neutral when it hits 3rd but if I floor it. It caches and takes off what could be.the problem?

    • admin says:

      It sounds like your 3rd gear clutches are burnt or you have a crack in a drum. You will probably need to have the transmission rebuilt.

  145. Bobby says:

    Here is my thoughts, I’m wondering if the linkage inside the tranny broke and threw it in reverse causing the loud pop and explains why it is stuck in park now. If this is the case would there be internal damage due to the loud pop noise.

  146. Kayla says:

    hi, my 1994 dodge dakota will not shift gears. on the dash or in the transmission. it was lent to a friend during the snow fall we had last year and they got it stuck. they apparently spent about an hour shifting back and forth between drive and reverse. now nothing will shift. it starts and runs but it wont shift out of park, what could this be, and how do i repair it?

    • admin says:

      It sounds like you will the transmission needs to be rebuilt. One thing you need to check first is if the computer is commanding the gears.

  147. Robert says:

    I have a 89 Chevy truck. Just had the transmission rebuilt and I put it back in. But it will not shift from gear to gear. Not even manually. The truck came with a 700r4 and I put a turbo 350 in. Could I be over looking a vacuum line? Or should I have bought a new torque converter? I have had this exact transmission in my truck already.

    • admin says:

      You should always install a new torque converter on a rebuild. You may try to pull the governor and see if it is stuck.

  148. Samantha says:

    I have a 2000 VW Jetta. Automatic with 140,000 miles. The transmission has been shifting kind of rough into 1st and 2nd gears and now last night, I got about 1 mile from home and it shifted REALLY hard into 2nd and then wouldn’t go faster than 10 mph. Still goes into Park/Reverse and 1st gear but that’s it. Do I need a new tranny or is it possibly something else? My husband thinks possibly some kind of sensor? The check engine and ABS light have been on since we bought it about a month ago and it was flooded before due to a faulty sun roof.

    • admin says:

      It sounds like you had a valve body or solenoid problem at first but it appears that something broke in the transmission because it was shifting hard. Have someone check it out to determine what exactly is going on.

  149. Todd Grossman says:

    My trany all of a sudden will only go in to D,N,R but must play with shift lever. I had problems before w/neutral safety switch. Can shift gears under truck. Now no R only N and D can’t even put lever into P position. Could it b cable? Any suggestions? Thanks.

  150. Allan says:

    I have 2004 Nissan Pulsar automatic transmission, here’s my problem. My car wont go into 2nd gear after I put into Neutral for about 10 sec. I put my car in neutral when I was waiting in the parking lot but when I start driving the gear seems to be stuck in the 1st gear. So I restarted my car and it works fine again,but everytime I put it in neutral for about 10 sec and resumed driving,the gear will get stuck again on the 1st gear. Hope you can help me.Thanks

    • admin says:

      It sounds like you have an electrical problem. Possibly the computer, wiring or solenoid. You need to have it checked out and diagnosed to determine what is going on.

  151. Jay says:

    I drive a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer and my brother was trying to put it in park and he did so without applying the brake and now it makes a weird noise, what could be the problem?

    • admin says:

      If he was moving when he went to park it is possible he stripped out one of the drums or damaged a sprag in the transmission. Have the noise diagnosed to determine what is going on.

  152. Gretchen says:

    I have a 2006 Sonata automatic 4 cyl. I was leaving my house and the car wouldn’t start, I jumped it, started and drove fine for 15 minutes. Turned it off and 20 minutes later it acted like it didn’t want to start but did. When I was turning right from a stop it was really slow shifting to 2nd, I took my foot off the gas and let the car roll for a minute then very slowly pressed the gas and it shifted, it happened one other time in the 15 minute drive home. Any ideas?

  153. Joy says:

    Just recently my vehicle has started having trouble locking into drive from park when it has been parked on an incline with the front elevated and the rear declined. Also, after driving for a while and the car reaches just over the half way notch on the thermostat it hard shifts. What could be the problem?

  154. CathyM says:

    I have a 2008 Nissan Rogue. My troubles are specifically when I am in traffic and there is a lot of “stop” and “go” over a short period of time. The “D” on my dashboard when my car is in Drive disappears, and my car goes through a stalling period before slowly accelerating. The “D” is no longer displayed on my dashboard and it takes awhile for my car to shift out of first gear. Do you think this is a computer problem or transmission issue?

  155. rebekah says:

    Hi, I have a 2006 hyundia sante fe and i wanted to know what could my problem be with my car because when i go to crank it up it slowly starts as if the battery is dying. also when i put my car in drive instead it goes to gear 1 and stays in that gear and my car is an automatic transmission.

  156. nissan altima 3.5 2006 says:

    I can shift through all gears but my car won’t go over 2000 rpms iI don’t shift it will jerk through. Its standard trans.

  157. Cheyenne goins says:

    I have a 1998 honda civic coupe here recently when I drive it it hesitates going into fourth gear and sometimes when It does get in gear it pushes itself back out to third gear I’ve checked all the fluids I have a feeling it’s stuck in first second and third gear and sometimes goes to fourth when it wants too. I’m a girl and have no idea what to do its my only transportation.

    • admin says:

      If this is a standard it has something to do with the shift rails or an internal failure. If it is an automatic either you have and electrical issue such as computer or an internal transmission problem.

  158. TK says:

    Hi, my Saturn 2002 SC1 Coupe has been acting weird for the last couple of weeks. My thermostat gauge has been going all over the place which it mainly switches between cool and normal. Also my car was spilling antifreeze everywhere which only happened 2 times so I decided to get my thermostat replaced thinking it would solve the problem but it didn’t since my gague still went crazy. So the other day I took my car to O’Reilly’s for electrical testing which when it was finished that it didn’t say anything about my gague but that my third gear wasn’t available. I don’t know what’s really wrong with my car and I thought I may need my coolant sensor replaced for my gague but I don’t know why my car isn’t recognizing my third gear. Do you know what’s the matter and how much it would cost to fix?

    • admin says:

      It sounds like you maybe driving your car in second gear and getting the car hot. Unless you have a leak coolant usually only comes out when hot. You also could have a bolwn head gasket if you got it hot enough. I would have to look at it before I could make a god diagnoses.

  159. alfred rios says:

    Hello I have a 1998 Ford F150 and my transmission won’t shift into gear , only with some force then it starts to grab. Any idea in what can it be ? And how can I fix it??

  160. Mariano Morell says:

    1997 z28 , the transmission runs good 0-to 20 mph gears shift nice , however next after 20 mph the rpms rev up and car does not go fast. took it to a mechanic and was told both coolant fans are shot and need to be replace and that is the reason my transmission is not running properly , could that possibly happen, since i dont want to spend 400 dollars replacing the cooling fan motors and still have to spend money on transmission

    • admin says:

      It is possible that the fans are making the transmission heat up and failing. The cooling fans do need to be replaced regardless if the transmission needs to be rebuilt or you will overheat the engine.

  161. Chris says:

    I was driving down the road in my 2005 auto mercury sable and turned onto a street from a stop sign,and when I put my foot on the gas to keep going it just revved up and acted like it was in neutral..I pulled over and put it in park and then tried to put it back into drive and it just revs..Reverse and first gear and drive does not work but neutral and park do..Whatever happened,happened while I was driving it..I checked fluids and I’ve never had any problems with my transmission before..please help!

    • admin says:

      It sounds like something broke internal to the transmission such as the pump or torque converter failed. You will most likely need to rebuild your transmission.

  162. Ali says:

    I have 2005 automatic dodge neon with 85k miles on it . Last night driving home from work it’s starred to jerk, seems like it wasn’t shifting gears. As soon I got of the highway I pulled it on side and put it on park and then again tried, but now it’s not shifting gears at all rpm goes up it’s ho back but not forward. Oh and I noticed pink fluid under the car while I parked at side of the road. What could be it?

    • admin says:

      It sounds like you developed a leak and leaked all of the transmission fluid out or enough that the car won’t move. You may have run low enough to need a rebuild.

  163. V. Robinson says:

    I have a 2001 Mazda 626 that was parked for 2 days and when I started it won’t change gears. It appears to be stuck in park. I can shift the gears (automatic) but nothing happens. car doesn’t move in any gear. I cannot even push it in neutral. Fluids are full and clear. No prior problems or changes in how it drives.

  164. Leah says:

    Hi. I have a 94 camry V6 that Ive been told has “morning sickness” where its sluggish to shift into gear the first time I start it in the mornings. Today after start up it wouldn’t kick into gear at all (ie shifts though the gears but just revs – no takeoff!) , it took about 5mins before it finally went into gear (usually it takes bout 20sec). The transmission fluid is ok – put a little more in just in case, but its still playing up. Any ideas???

    • admin says:

      It appears that you have a crack in a drum and it is not building up enough pressure to engage or the computer is not telling the transmission to go into gear. Most likely is the transmission needs to be rebuilt because of internal damage.

  165. c burke says:

    i have a 2008 hyundai tucson and i was driving today and i heard a huge slam or drop or something and my car won’t reverse anymore, my check engine light came on and it won’t accellarate like it did before. is this fixable it came out of nowhere.

  166. Ashley Nichole Livings says:

    i had my tranny rebuilt and i drove it for a while now it want go anywhere in drive im still have warrenty abd when i brought it back man told me he cant keep the warrenty because it was low on oil but i know it wasnt because my husband had change it 3 days before i brought it back

    • admin says:

      There is not much I can do to help this problem. You may want to check and see if the filter fell out and is laying on the bottom of the pan.

  167. Andre says:

    I have a 1999 Chrysler Concorde Lxi. 3.2 V-6 engine. Recently, I received a code P1780(not sure if that was exactly it Auto Zone read it to me), indicating a problem shifting from 2nd to 4th. My tranny is electronic. I am being told, change the governor pressure sensor, drop the pan, give it a flush, a tuneup, change the filter, etc but I am clueless. Do I need a new tranny? Can this one be saved? Shoot me straight! Please!

    • admin says:

      That transmission is a A606 and has a solenoid pack not individual pressure solonoids. Dropping the pan and changing the fluid and filter is not a bad idea because you will be able to see the contents and if there is a lot of metal and particulate it may be time for a rebuild. depending on the particular code it could be a solenoid pack but because of the age it may need a rebuild. As it is with the medical profession you may want to search out for a second opinion.

  168. Yvonne says:

    Hi: I have a 2000 Grand Caravan Sport 3.3L Engine. Original owner, practically rebuilt the van with the exception of the transmission. Recently had some brake issues where the drums calipers and everything was being applied while the van was being driven. Got that fixed, however not too long after, the van started acting funny by revving high and not properly going into gear when its shifted. Could this be the transmission or could it be a shift cable / gear box problem? I just tried to park it and the shifter was giving me some problems going into gear so I turned it off and restarted and then it went into reverse.

    • admin says:

      This could be an electrical problem. I would have a scan of the computer to see if you have a speed sensor or a problem with the solenoid block before condeming the transmission. If you had trouble shifting the shifter it could be in the brake switch, cable or shifter itself.

  169. Mariah says:

    I have a 2006 chevrolet impala and my transmission is acting up but I can still Drive It just in 1st and 2nd gear..when i got It checked It said my transmission fluid was do i Cuz this problem si i can Drive in regular drive

    • admin says:

      More than likely you need a trans rebuild. The longer you drive it will do other damage and cost you more to rebuild. I would get a complete diagnostic to get a final conclusion.

  170. damon says:

    Hey, so I have a 95 Nissan pathfinder, it sat for a half year or more till I bought it. They transmission shifted fine threw all gears. Than I had to replace the timing belt, now its not wanting to upshift from 2nd gear. What should I do?

    • admin says:

      I would need to run diagnostic to determine what is exactly wrong. You will need to identify if the computer is commanding the computer to shift.

  171. abdul rahman says:

    i have a 91′ 2500 automatic suburban,it drives fine but when im on the highway and the car goes to the 4th gear,it suddenly drops to the 3rd or 2nd gear and the rev goes too high
    what could be the problem and how to solve it?

  172. rick says:

    I have a Honda civic and i was leaving school and as i stepped on gas it wont move. The gears are shifting ok but it wont move. I waited a while then tried to start it and it did but after stepping on the brake peddle and then the gas peddle it will only holla but wont move. Pls advice

  173. Kizzy says:

    I have a 2005 dodge neon sxt automatic. I was driving and my car started acting funny like my rpm was going up my car just wasnt moving as fast. And then it was like all my transmission fluid ran out. And I put me in and it ran right out. Everyone keeps telling me it’s my transmission line any suggestions?

    • admin says:

      I would need to see where the leak is to determine what the proplem is. Have someone determine if its a line or other leak.

  174. Sandy mobley says:

    Hi I have a 1993 Chevy k1500 auto 4×4. Recently started having issues with the transmission. When cold it shifts fine 1st-D. After it warms up on take offs it’s feels like it’ is taking off in 2nd gear and overdrive doesn’t seem to work either. Could this be a filter an new fluid problem? It is full of fluid to the fill line and no leaks.

  175. Krystal says:

    Hello, I have a 2003 Chevy Suburban, transmission was rebuilt a little less than 5 months ago. Third gear was out as well as reverse. Recently its been shifting really hard at 35 MPH, the RPMs jump up even with steady pressure on the gas pedal. It stays in high gear, sounds like its in overdrive, but its not. I have to let off the gas and let it find the gear, sometimes it takes a few tries. The CEL stays on and occasionally blinks. The only error code I’m getting is my O2 sensors. I just changed the oil but not the filter, I know I know what was the point of not changing the filter, I’m on my own and not very strong lol. I couldn’t get it off :/ any ideas on what it may be?

    • admin says:

      Hopefully you have a warranty on the rebuild. I would take it back to them for at least a diagnoses. It sounds like it is electrical solenoid or bad wire or bad connection.

  176. adrian says:

    My 1991 Lincoln continental is all electrical and it has electrical issues with odometer, heater fans, defroster, and stereo. (Just adding that if it may have any affect on my actual question. My transmission shifts from 1st to 2nd fairly roughy it hits high rpms for a few seconds then if I let off the gas and then re accelerate it will usually shift. Any ideas?

    • admin says:

      You need to repair the electrical issue repaired first to determine if that is what’s affecting the tranny. It is very possible that the electrical problem is your problem.

  177. Alex says:

    Hi i have a 2001 silverado i was having shifting problems and was told i was in need of a new tranny(automatic) so got it done and after 2 months of runnin fine i have the same problem again altho this time the truck even turned off and just shifts from 1 to 2 and stays there help please

    • admin says:

      To determine what the problem I would need to see the vehicle. If you had it rebuilt 2 months ago I would expect you have a warranty that should take care of the problem.

  178. Alex says:

    Yes i have warranty I got the transmission new from a mechanic shop thats why it sounds weird for a new transmission to have the same problem thinking that may not be the problem at all

  179. Standre Moss says:

    Good day I have a 2000 Taurus when Im accelerating and approach 40 it feels as if the car downshifts and it revs over 3k but if Im accelerating and floor it id be able to make it to about 65 until it happened

  180. I have a 2001 mitsubishi diamante ls.When i shifi the car from park to drive,the light to let me know what gear i was in would blink constantly from drive to neutral.I changed the a\t fail safe relay.Now,the light has stopped blinking,but the car pauses before it takes off in either drive or reverse.Can you tell me the problem?

  181. melinda says:

    I have a 07 Chrysler Pacifica. I have had the fuel pumps replaced twice in it. That cost me $2000. Now all of the sudden it wont go into drive but will reverse and neutral. It kills the motor when it goes into drive. They thought it was the torque converter but when they pulled the transmission pan down there were metal flakes in it. Would it be better to just get rid of this. They think that I may need a whole new transmission in it because the clutches are wore down?

    • admin says:

      It does sound like the torque converter. It will need to be rebuilt due to the material that is through out the transmission.

  182. Firdaus says:

    Hi, i owned a Mazda 2 Sedan, first of all, i drive my car normally, and then i slowed it down (the car still drive though about below 5km/h), then i put it on Neutral gear, rev it up and quickly changed into Drive gear, when i change into D gear, there’s something bang sound, it comes from left side of the car( Right Hand Drive car by the way), first of all i thought the tyre nut threads were shattered, but when i checked them, it’s still fine!?* i drove the car to the home below 1.5k rpm, i don’t know what’s the problem, but i wish it wasn’t the gearbox problem! do you know what’s the problem? replay ASAP

  183. towncarmuscle60 says:


  184. Steve says:

    Have a Holden camira 1986. The automatic goes first slowly changes to second( too long I believe) then wont go into drive until the revs are high and sometimes u need to back of accelerator a bit for it to engage then quickly accelerate again.

  185. Andy says:

    I just bought a 91 chevy the guy I got it from said it made a pop and then wouldn’t shift it has 181000 miles on it and I went don’t and started it starts and runs great put it in to drive nothing same with all the other gears but when I went to put it in to four wheel drive started to grind could it be the tourque converter or the transfer case or do I just need to gets other automatic tranny

  186. Renae says:

    My boyfriend was having trans problems where it was shifting weird. I suggested that he change his trans fluid and filter. So he took it some where to get changed and now it’s worse. It won’t even shift into second gear. What else could be the problem?

    • admin says:

      You need to determine if there is Amy electrical codes or if he is having a computer problem. More than likely he will need to get a rebuild on his trans.

  187. Maggie says:

    We have a 05 Jetta GLI, we took it for a transmission service at AAMCO. They didn’t suspect any issues. We have to let it warm up for about 20 minutes, otherwise it doesn’t shift while we’re driving about 35-40mph. It’s not necessarily overheating but I feel like engine is being overworked (I don’t know if the last makes sense).

    • admin says:

      It sounds like you have some type of cross leak which looses the amount of pressure it takes to engage into gear or to shift. If the trans is not working properly you could be over working the motor. If this started after the service I would have them tell you why.

  188. Silbano says:

    So I’m running a turbo 350 trans with a 305 engine. I’m having a problem with the transmission not wanting to shift out 1st. I’ve checked the governor everything seems fine I made adjustments to the air modulator still no luck also adjusted the tv cable is it a internal problem please help

  189. Silbano says:

    How can I tell if the modulator is stuck? Thank you

  190. Eric says:

    Hi yes I have a 1994 f150 has the straight six. It won’t shift up or down in any gear. I drive it daily shifting up the column each beat. If I start out in second it moves and revs hi and I have power then it lags down and crawls.

    • admin says:

      It appears you will need a transmission rebuild. It sounds like the clutches are worn out and you may have a cracked drum not allowing the internal pressures you need to shift.

  191. omar says:

    i have a 2005 Chevy cavalier. It starts fine but when i try to put it in drive or reverse the gears wont lock. I move the shift up or down but no matter on what shift its in the car stays in park and doesn’t move.what can cause this and how can i diagnose the problem?

    • admin says:

      It sounds like the shift cable is broken or has come off the transmission. Have someone pop the cable off the transmission and see if you can manually shift it. This will require 2 people the perform this test.

  192. Joe says:

    My tranny just had the pan gasket changed now it’s making a weird noise once in awhile and it wnt shift into third gear. But wen I put in it neutral then back in drive it shifts. Can this mean my tranny is bad it’s a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 with 140,000 miles the tranny was just put in about 6 months ago it’s got 120,000 on the tranny can it be Sotin minor

  193. mick says:

    hi i have a 2001 chrysler neon shifts fine when in drive.. but will not hold gears when putting in 2 or 3 on the auto shift… when in drive doing 100kph when putting back into 3rd nothing happends doesnt even attempt to change… thanks

    • admin says:

      It sounds like you will need to have the transmission rebuilt. Have someone check for trouble codes to make sure its not an electronic problem.

  194. Tania says:

    Hi,I have 1998 Chevy Cavalier it shifts fine into 1st, 3rd, and 5th but when i try to put it into 2nd, 4th or reverse the gears won’t lock, it just revs up. The cables are fine, we manually checked it. what can be wrong with it?

    • admin says:

      What your are describing sounds like it is a standard transmission. You may have a bent shift fork keeping it from making the shift. More than likely you will need to have the transmission rebuilt to repair this problem.

  195. adsey says:

    Hi I have a BMW 323i e36 automatic, i seem to have a problem with my car changing down into first gear as I come to a stop, so from accelerating from stop I’m in 2nd not first and causing me to have low rpms making me very slow to take off which has nearly got me in Bad situations where I’m not taking off fast enough around a round about and almost being collected by some hoon, what could be the problem there

  196. Hannah says:

    Hi, if I have a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe, It shifts fine except when it goes from 3rd to 4th, it doesn’t shift, it maxes out at 3rd and the RPMs go too high. What could be wrong/fix it?

  197. tom says:

    A friend has a 2000 chevy silverado. The brake lines rusted and broke and they were replaced but possibly hooked up wrong so no brakes at all now. But for some reason now the truck is in neutral in order to towed but now it’s stuck in neutral. A local mechanic said it’s because the brakes are bad. Any suggestions ?

  198. Brandon says:

    Okay so I need some help please. I have a 2002 Chevy s10 zr2 4.3 L I just changed my rear diff fluid and tranny fluid and filter. The problem. After all the fluids changed I took it for a ride about 20 miles performed like a brand new vehicle. Well this morning I go to drive to work and the truck would not shift out of 1st gear I checked the fluid level while hot it was low checked for leaks no leaks filled with fluid drove it went into 2nd gear but would not shift out of 2nd now checked fluid again low on dip stick added more fluid drove still will not shift out of 2nd drove home checked fluid now it is high. I have no clue what is going on can anyone please help me?

  199. James says:

    I have a 05 Trailblazer that at first when I would accelerate would make a whining noise, and recently when I was slowing down and then again accelerated my rpm went up and now from stop it has to go up to 20mph and let off the pedal and then it will kick into gear, the oil was always full and clean but changed anyway,i thought it was the filter, its just that first gear and still making whining noise,what do you think?

    • admin says:

      The whining noise is usually the torque converter going out. This will cause many different problems because it has trash in valve body because the torque converter is coming apart inside. You will probably need a transmission rebuild.

  200. Natasha says:

    I drove my car as usual today. When I got home, I put the car in park, but when I took my foot off brake, it began to roll. I looked at the indicator and realized that it was actually in neutral, but the gear shift is in park. I out the emergency brake to keep it from rolling, and it will not shift ot of the park position. I drive a 2008 dodge caliber. What could be the problem?

  201. Shelly says:

    I have a 2008 volkswagen touareg, everytime I start my car drive about a mile then I start hearing beeping sounds and red words (Stop Running Gear Fault)appear on my panel screen then a pic of a red vehicle with up and down arrows in the middle stays lit on dash. Do u know what it means? STOP RUNNING GEAR FAULT!

  202. Pehenryjr says:

    ’05 Chevy Uplander: when I shift it into Drive it just revs as though it were in Neutral. I can shift into 1st and it drives. When the RPM is high enough I cans switch it to 2nd and again the same to 3rd. I then am able to switch to Drive and after that it will switch gears by itself as long as I stay above 1st gear speed. If go to slow I stop getting power and the engine revs like neutral then I start over. The car also goes into Reverse without a problem. Thanks for the help

    • admin says:

      It sounds like you have a drum internal that is cracked and trans is not building up enough pressure to shift properly of the sun shell is broken. You will need to have the trans rebuilt.

  203. Garrett says:

    I have a 97 chevy silverado pickup and i accidentally put it in park moving about 10 mph and when i put it in reverse it barely backs up but i shut the key off and started the truck and put it into reverse again and it backed up just fine. I also took it down the road and it was shifting from 1st to 3rd and it would just slip terribly from low to high and before i got back home it would stay in second gear and the engine would just rev when i hit the gas hard and i could only go under 40 mph. what could this be?

  204. Garrett says:

    now the transmission wont shift into any of the gears and it makes a loud noise and it struggles to get any takeoff. I think the transmission pump might be shredded and know good. what do you think it is?

    • admin says:

      It may have stripped the sun shell out when you put it into park while still moving. You will need to rebuild the transmission.

  205. Darius says:

    I have 97 dodge ram 1500 and when I accelerate my truck struggles to go Into 2nd gear , so I kinda ease off the gas and it eventually goes Into 2nd gear or sometimes when it shifts into 2nd it’s shifts back Into 1st gear , I poured a whole bottle of transmission fluid in there about 3 weeks ago and it’s still doing it. What should I do ?

    • admin says:

      You need to scan to see if the governor pressure solenoid and switch are working properly. If these are bad it can give you poor shifts. You may also have other problems.

  206. Susan says:

    I have a 2003 Volkswagen Gti 1.8t with an automatic transmission. Car starts good and it changes from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gear good, but when It gets to 3rd gear it won’t shift to 4th or 5th . I tried it on manual too to see if it would change gears but it still stays stuck on 3rd .

    • admin says:

      If there are no solenoids codes my guess is that you have lost 4th gear. You will need to get someone to diagnose the problem.

  207. Robyn Dickson says:

    We have a 2001 chevy blazer that my husband just replaced the rear axel. He put it all back together, took it for a drive. Went in reverse and forward. The next morning my daughter went to take it to school and it wouldn’t move. She let it warm up. She tried reverse and nothing, then tried forward and nothing. My hisband came home and put some trany fluid in it. Hoping that was the problem. But it still didn’t move until he put it in four hi a knob d then four low. Then he put it in reverse and it drove fine. Same thing happened this morning. In order for my daughter to get it unstuck she had to put it in 4 low. Then took it out and it worked. Do you know whats going on?

  208. Diana says:

    I have a 2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 180,000 miles. stopped at a traffic light light turned green and car will not move. Engine still running, revs fine tires do not turn. Car will not shift into park unless turned off, makes a grinding sound. No banging, noise or shifting difficulties previously. No fluid leaking, with car running transmission fluid is good. How do I self diagnose transmission without a scan tool? Is this an electrical issue?

    • admin says:

      Is it an automatic or standard?

      • Diana says:

        It is an automatic? I thought it may be a sensor. Already replaced the crankshaft positioning sensor that was recalled on the 2.5 liter engine (but not my 3.5 )last year when car was shutting off while driving, nearly got killed. No lights on either, I have a scan tool Actron but no codes are coming up, I thought there was a way to do a self diagnosis for maybe a transmission issue but I can not find it for my car (non O/D). Thanks for any help.

  209. Hugo says:

    Hi, i have a 2006 lancer es. A weel ago the check engine fired up. Took it to the mechanic and he told me the code that the scanner showed was the “PRND12L sensor”. He said it might be because new fluod was placed in the gearbox. Today I was drove tomwork and the check engine came back. When I came back home I parked for a while turned it of and when I turned it on again and switched to drive it would shift the engine revs up but nothing. I moved down to “3” and it worked fine switched back to “D” and the car moves. I tried switching to the other gears and everything is Ok but if I go from “P” “R” or “N” to drive it wont shift until I switch to 3, 2 or low.

  210. Garrett says:

    I am the one with the 97 silverado i wanted to mention that i was messing with the transmission on saturday. I started the truck and i put at least a half a quart of transmission fluid into tha transmission, but theres something funny about it. when the truck starts it seems to go through all the gears just fine, but when the truck runs oh and by the way took it around for a little drive, the transmission struggles a little but when it starts getting warm it eventually does not shift at all just testing the gears in park.

  211. Garrett says:

    I also wanted to mention that when i was messing with the transmission saturday that when the transmission would run so long and not shift at all i would shut the key off and turn the truck back on it would shift through reverse and into over drive just fine. could this be the sunshell gear or the vacuum line or could it be something else?

  212. James says:

    I have a 2006 nissan xterra and when i start driving my car takes a long time to shift gears. I was told it was my transmission, but I recently got a new one installed, and I’m still having the same problem. Do anyone have any ideas of what the problem may be?

  213. Maz says:

    My car is missing when it goes above 40 miles and keeps missing until it hits 60 miles speed and it runs properly after that. same thing happen when it slows down and gives a big shock whenever it goes below 40 miles speed. i am not sure if it is transmission problem or something else. Do you have any idea of what the problem may be?

  214. Trenta says:

    Hi, I have VW polo 2003, Automatic Transmission. The car has a hard time shifting into first gear when cold (after resting for about a day) it feels like when the clutch is not released in a manual transmission.

    When I start the car in the morning, the revs go up for a while and the car doesn’t shift, If I wait for the car to heat up (about 3-4 minutes) it starts to engage the 1st gear slowly, like I’m releasing the clutch bit by bit, if I hit the gas hard, it engages abruptly and continues working fine. Then it doesn’t have that problem for the rest of the day.

    Weirdly, if I start the car in the morning and shift into “D” in the first 3 seconds, it engages fine and continues working without problem.

    What could that be? Thanks.

    • admin says:

      I would need to check it out but you could have a problem internal to the transmission or it could be an electrical issue.

  215. CDP says:

    I have a 2007 GMC Acadia. The car starts just fine, but I cannot shift it out of park. When I press the brake and attempt to shift, I hear a click and it never shifts.

    • admin says:

      It could be the brake switch or the shifter. The brake switch activates the solenoid that unlocks the shifter or something broke in the shifter itself.

  216. nick says:

    I have a 98 s10 automatic transmission and it has me stun it will go into 2nd and 3rd easy but if it go to shift to 1st or 4th it will go in that gear for about a second and sgift back to 2nd from first or 3rd from 4th doesn’t make since to me but if anyone could have a solution to this problem it’s very appricitave

  217. MAURO says:

    Hello, I own a 2002 dodge dakota. When i first start off, no problems, gears shift like its supposed to.Then, when starting after a red light, the gear wont shift into second gear unless i pull over, put in park, and start over again, the gears shift. Is this the beginning transmission failure?

  218. daniel says:

    My 2006 chevy impala wont run on drive or 3rd gear. Reverse, 1 and 2nd gear work fine. I checked the transmission oil and it was low I filled it up and Drive and 3rd still wont get it.

    • admin says:

      It sounds like you may have been too low on transmission fluid and you burnt 3rd and 4th gear up. This sounds like a internal problem and will need to be rebuilt.

  219. Glenda says:

    I own a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with auto transmission, and just yesterday (first snow fall) I put it in 4 x 4 and was driving okay. I then went to gear down and it was really hard to shift. And the same happened when I tried to put it into park. I never had any problems shifting gears or parking before, in 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive. Once it was out of 4 x 4 it was working properly again.
    I did notice a while ago that when I am travelling down hill that it takes a bit for it to shift into drive and get a little bit of a jerk(When it is in charge of the shifting). Any help would be greatly appreciated as I live 4 hours away from the nearest Nissan dealer, transmission or 4 x 4 shop. Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Unfortunately I think you will need to see a professional for this. You may have a problem in the transfer case or the linkage. You could also have an issue with the front differential that is causing this issue.

  220. Jacque says:

    HI, I have a 2004 Chevy trailblazer la ext and it takes forever to warm up ,so when I drive it,it sounds loud and drives rough and eats gas like crazy! Also,sometimes it’s slow and hesitates to switch gears. What could this be?

    • admin says:

      This could be engine related and/or a transmission problem. Someone will need to perform a diagnostic to determine the problem.

  221. JAMES says:

    Hello I have 2006 pt cruiser for about a week the automatic shifting was tight and the button on the Shifter button keeps getting stuck. Were you have to mess with it so it will go in and then the car got stuck in. 3rd gear and was shifting freely I took out the console and the shifter housing. And the shifter cable I am guessing was not attached to the shifter (spindle. Metal cylinder shape piece) so i put the cable with the metal washer looking piece on the end of it back on the cylinder and it shifted. Through the gears but was still tight and wouldn’t go in park. So I can start it and drive the. Car but only starts in neutral

  222. Will says:

    Hello. I have a 96 Subaru Legacy Outback. Just recently, when going up any kind of incline (even one that’s barely noticeable), it won’t shift out of second gear. The RPMs will go up, but it will sputter and stay at about 40 miles an hour and won’t shift. If I manually shift it to second it doesn’t sputter anymore. Then after the hill, it’s normal again. Any ideas? Thanks.

  223. Thomas ray says:

    Hi. I own a Nissan altima automatic transmission. It shifts badly from 1to 2 to 3 and won’t shift to 4th. It’s slow to shift. Our car has a bad 4th cilinder that works badly or not at all. Will that keep it from shifting or could it be a trans problem only.

  224. Tucker says:

    Hi, I have a 2001 Honda manual transmission, is it true that if I’m experiencing shift issues that it has something to do with the clutch?

  225. Rose says:

    Hello, I have a 2003 nissan sentra automatic. I recently changed the transmission fluid but why does it appear that as I drive regularly, i could be at a stop and when its time to go, i then push the gas but the gears doesn’t shift on time or it could be reving where the rpm goes high. What could that mean?

    • admin says:

      It may not be full of fluid. Make sure to check fluid with engine running and in park. When you first fill it you must shift through the gears and re-check. Try this.

  226. Daniem says:


    I have a Hundai Santafe 2002. Today I noticed that my Switch dose not turn at all and my gear shiftier (selector) dose not move from park.(my car is automatic). since my Car has a remote starter I am able to start the car meaning that there is no problem with the battery (I jut changed the battery a month ago)!As I said, when I put the key in my switch it dose not move at all! Any help really appreciated!

  227. Mike says:


    I have a 2009 saturn aura, when I take off there is a delay in shifting, when I’m in 2nd gear sometimes it don’t wanna shift unless I throw it in N then back to drive. Last night I tried to reverse out of my drive way and it goes no where. When I put it in reverse it feels like it wants to go but just revs up.

  228. Maxdag says:

    I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero limited, the Neutral Light is blinking when the car is in Drive, 1st & 2nd gears. The gears are not shifting when I try to drive it. It stays in drive at all times. What could be the problem and how can it be fixed?

  229. Maly says:

    Hello!! I have a automatic ’98 Plymouth, the car starts fine but when I switch to reverse the car does not go, I can only drive forward, I don’t understand bcz The mechanic just did the tune-up and they also change the harmonic balancer bcz something was broken and the car was liking like nuts..well the car was totally fine back and forward now what could b the problem that the car does not switch to reverse

    • admin says:

      This is a transmission problem. Make sure all of the electrical wires are plugged in correctly and if they are it will be in the transmission.

  230. Jason says:

    I have a 92 Chevy Lumina 3.1 auto trans. When I come to stops (i.e. red lights, stop signs) sometimes 1st gear won’t initiate. I have to switch the gear stick to neutral then back to drive to get the car moving again. What could the problem be?

  231. Jesse says:

    I have a 2001 Honda Civic with a automatic transmission and recently I was driving and while my car shifted into 3rd gear I continued to press the gas and the car acted as if in neutral(engine reved up as if in neutral.) I put it in reverse and it did allow me to drive it into a parking lot. I tried moving the car the next day and it would only shift into 1st gear going into 2nd would only cause it to act as if neutral again. I took it to shop where I had it checked and they quoted me for a new transmission because they said mine needed to be rebuilt. The cost was too much so I decided on not doing the work and since I live close by to shop I chose to drive it home in 1st gear. But as I drove home it began to shift, and after driving it for a day it seems to shift fine. What’s going on? Can anyone help because I don’t know what’s going on or what to believe? If your transmission go out does it come back?

    • admin says:

      Normally what you described is a rebuild situation but it could have been a stuck valve in the valve body or a sensor that gets shorted out intermittingly.

  232. Nathanusn says:

    Hello I have a 2004 Nissan pathfinder automatic. The transmission doesn’t seem to be shifting into gear above 25mph. When I get above 25 the engine just continuously revs up without shifting into gear. I’ve put transmission fluid in it and have measured it after cycling through the gears with no changes. I’m not sure where to go from here. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  233. Joe says:

    Hi, I have an 07 Mercury Mountaineer. It shifts fine reverse through 3rd when it gets to 4th it just revs. Could this be a solenoid block?

  234. admin says:

    Someone needs to do a complete diagnostic. It sounds like a transmission problem.

  235. One sad man... says:

    I have a 97 4.6 GT Ford Mustang with a 4R70W, I need to replace my tranny and I’m low one money. What I need to know is, can I put a 4R70W tranny from a 2000 f150 or 2001 expediton in my stang? She’s a lowrider and I miss touching her throttle. Please help.

    • admin says:

      Yes except for the length. I do not remember but you will either have to shorten or lengthen the drive shaft. I believe the mustang trans is longer than the truck.

  236. Rosetta Wright says:

    Hi there I have a Nissan PRAIRIE joy 1995 when I start my car for the first time after it had been sitting over night or after along day at work, I can shift my car in to reverse and it reverses fine and I can put it into drive but If I don’t let my car run for a good 5 – 10 min before trying to drive off it take a long time changing from 1st to 2nd gear, once it has done so it is fine for the rest of the day until it is parked up for a long time I notice in one of you other answers to some one have problems with some thing similar when there car is cold that you mentioned electrical wondering if that could be the same with mine as I am having other electrical problems

    • admin says:

      It could be electrical but it sounds more like a hydrolic problem. You need to have someone perform a diagnostic to determine the problem.

  237. Bernie says:

    hey i have a 2005 dodge ram laramie and my truck was runing good today in the morning when all of a sudden my truck began to speed down. I turned it off and re started it. it began to drive it again but when i reached 40mph it started to speed down again. i had to stop once more to turn it off and restart it. i decided to drive at 30 mph and it did not turn off but i felt resistance when i tried to accelerate. do you have any idea what it could be?

    • admin says:

      It could be several things like transmission or catalytic converter. Someone needs to diagnose to determine which direction to look.

  238. Christina says:

    Every once in a while over the past few months, my car has had trouble switching into drive. It works fine in reverse, but sometimes when I switch it into drive, there’s about a 30 second delay. Recently it has been getting worse…. it took maybe 4 mins when I was at school the other day, and then today I had to turn the engine off and back on before it would work. Also, sometimes while I am speeding up, my car jerks forward (I’m assuming as it’s switching gears). I have a 2 hour drive home tomorrow, and I was wondering if it is safe to use my car (I’ll have my dad fix it when I get back).

    • admin says:

      As with anything it could leave you stranded but could be OK. It is up to you or not or have someone diagnose before you go.

  239. dugan says:

    My ram 1500 automatic shifted fine on my way out to town today then on the way back it didn’t want to shift in 3rd . 1st and 2nd was smooth then third didn’t change till it reved real high then smooth on into 4th just wondering if I’m looking at a rebuild or something else

  240. daniel says:

    My 2001 Jeep grand Cherokee 4.7l gets stuck in second to last gear and it has started since it’s been cold…what’s the problem? Transmission fluid is full

  241. Dave says:

    I have a 2001 BMW 525i with 168000 mi. Recently purchased it and noticed slipping in 2nd and 4th occasionally..and an occasional thrust forward in low gears. Due to recent rain storms, I had drove it into large puddles of water, when this happened, the car went into safe mode and began to smoke, I drove it 35 miles or so, then the car no longer responded to the accelerator, however the car shifts into reverse. What do you think it might be?

    • admin says:

      It appears you may have more than one problem from your description. First the trans slipping is probably due to age and worn clutches. Not responding to the throttle sounds electrical maybe you shorted something out.

  242. richard says:

    my fathers toyota autmomatic liteace is stuck one gear and it changes to gear to only by chances..

    can someone please help me out so we could use it specially these days where my relatives are coming over for christmas and we badly need this van

    • admin says:

      You need to have someone diagnose to see if it is electrical problem or an internal problem. My guess is that it needs to be rebuilt.

  243. Walter says:

    I replaced the transmission range sensor on my 03 ford taurus and it still will not go into gear (reverse, drive, etc). Shifter linkage cable checks out fine on the floor shifter and at the transmission.

    • admin says:

      Is the reason you changed the range sensor was it had a code referring back to the sensor? One issue is they have to be adjusted identical how the one that came off or it won’t read correctly. If this doesn’t work you will probably need a rebuild.

  244. cledus snow says:

    I have a 2001 Saturn ls and when I drive e it for about 30 mins its fine until I come to a complete stop but when I pull back out it want shift out of second gear until it cools down but when I changed the filter and my fluids in my transmission drove it home just fine til next morning it only pull out slow so for a min then catxhed up speed so I got to my location parked it now when o got in it I put it in every gear all it want to do is go forward even if its in reverse or neutral what shall I do

  245. Annette says:

    I have a 1988 Gmc Sierra SLE 5.7 liter rwd pickup. I know it has some years on it, but i have babied the transmission by keeping it flushed when dirty and keeping lucas in it too. Have had no problems with the trans at all until a couple of weeks ago, the truck seemed “louder” when I was driving it. Then two days ago,it something seemed to get stuck and the truck would not accelerate above 25 mph for a couple of miles ( I always drive it in OD, which I think is fourth gear). Then it just came “unstuck” whatever was holding the truck back, and it ran fine. Has run fine all day today as I drove to various transmission shops to have it checked. Two said, after a test drive, there is nothing wrong with it. Maybe you should change the fluid, and I agreed it looked dirty. Third tranny man who drove it today said I don’t have fourth gear, said it won’t shift into fourth. First second and third seem to be okay. He suggested pulling some parts out and cleaning them off for $350, or a rebuilt trans for $1050. Drained (and did not flush) the trans fluid, filthy dirty, more so than usual. No shavings in the pan, watched him drop the pan and pour the fluid into a large steel sink. Nothing there but dirty fluid. Put it back together and I drove off. Next trans man test drove it, said, runs great you have taken good care of it but, since it won’t go into fourth, you need to rebuild it, $1200. I just can’t believe it needs to be rebuilt. Is there something else that could be causing it to not go into fourth? I just drove it for 30 minutes and accelerated slowly. Got it to go into od (fourth gear) a couple of times, other times it did not. Can my transmission be saved without a rebuild? Maybe a solonoid, or cable, or something. Please help. This transmission is 25 years old, with great parts. CAn it be saved? (without a rebuild).

    • admin says:

      My answer would be it more than likely needs to be rebuilt. No matter how well you take care of a transmission it is designed to wear out eventually. It sounds like the clutches are wearing out in 4th gear.

  246. Mike says:


    I have a 2002 Toyota Previa it won’t shift into reverse from park but, will after going into drive. What could cause this please?

    Many thanks – Mike

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