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Car will start but will not go into drive or reverse. It revs up just fine, transmission was not slipping. Rear tire was covered in fluid.
Hello. I would need to know what kind of vehicle this is to be able to help you with specifics. From what you are explaining though it sounds like a transmission failure. When there is a transmission problem the vehicle...
Should I replace some fluids in my car if it was parked during a flood?
You should have all the fluids checked to make sure water did not get into any component. If it did, then you should immediately have the fluid changed. If water did not get into anything, there's no need to change...
Will my transmission be ok after driving without differential oil?
Anytime you run a component without the proper lubrication, you run the risk of damaging the component. Once you install the correct amount of lubricant and drive it, you will find out in short order if running it without lube...
Clutch lost all hydraulic pressure after difficulty engaging gears while using the clutch.
Hello. This situation is usually a failure of either the clutch master or slave cylinder - they simply wear out. If you have any clutch fluid on the drivers side front carpet, the failure is the clutch master cylinder. If...
1st and 2nd I lost 3rd and 4th actually goes into neutral in 3rd and 4th
I don't think it has to do with your speedometer. The speedometer cable that goes to your speedometer has a sensor on the opposite side but the sensor isn't big enough to cause damage to your transmission. I would check...
Clutch vs. Master/Slave Cylinder?
This sounds like you have a problem with the clutch. The clutch is slipping causing the rpm to rev high and the car to not move. The clutch disc can be slipping due to it being worn or fluid getting...
Radiator issue
As far as safety goes, you should be just fine. As far as damage to your vehicle, I would not recommend driving your vehicle without coolant in it. If your radiator is only slightly cracked, it may be ok to...
My transmission smells like a burnt cake
Hello, thank you for writing in. It sounds like the engine and transmission have either gotten pretty hot or it is possible that the transmission cooler was leaking into the cooling system. If the coolant and transmission fluid both smelled...
Is the squealing noise in my car caused by the power steering fluid or the power steering pump?
As you may know, your car's power steering pump is operated by a belt driven pump that hydraulically assists with your steering. When this pump is low on fluid or subjected to an abnormally excessive load, this may cause the...
Steering wheel hard to turn
Most people don't know this but your steering and your brake booster have a lot to do with each other. Often times if you pump the brakes while trying to turn you will experience stiffness. If this is the problem...
Brake fluid was recently bled/flushed and the brakes still feel like they are grinding
Good question and thank you for the details. I want going to go through some things you may want to check and hopefully save you some money. If you come across a problem in any of the areas you will...
Power stearing is whining
Hello, the noise could be from air in the system, low power steering pump fluid levels, or internal pump damage. Air in a hydraulic system can create this sound. To remove air that is trapped try this: First check...
Master/Slave Cylinder
If you have fluid leaking on the floor then this is from the clutch master cylinder leaking past its seals. I would recommend replacing the clutch master cylinder and the clutch slave cylinder as a set since the master cylinder...
Noticed a small spot on my driveway, I think I may have a tiny oil leak. Is it still ok to drive?
Hi there. A couple of small spots is sure sign that something is leaking. What color are the spots? If they are dark they could be engine oil, if red they could be transmission fluid. A leak is something that...
Car shakes when at 40mph i added some trans fluid because it was missing some and thats when it started shaking
Hi there. The most common cause of this is a tire balance issue. I would typically start by checking the balance of the tires to see how they are. I would inspect the tires at the same time as a...
Transmission cooler leak was trying to get it home it cut off an now it won't start it acts like it needs a jump what do I need to
Your problem scenario sounds like at least 2 problems that appear to be interacting to look like one big mess. First off, there is the transmission cooler leak, which will drive up transmission fluid temperature (what's left) to the point...
Mercedes ml320 2001 only go in reverse we checked the fluid its fine it all of a sudden start doing this with no indication of tra
Hello. When this occurs all of a sudden I would usually start by checking the transmission control module for codes. This would let me know if there are any foreseen electrical issues. If there are no codes then the fluid...
Power steering
Hello. This can be caused by a few different parts in the steering system. Most of the time it is caused by either a failing rack and pinion or a bad ball joint, tie rod, or a bad strut mount....
Can I use any synthetic transmission fluid on my car ?
Hello. It is not recommended to use this type of transmission fluid in your car. With the way that vehicles are built and tested today it is important that you use the recommended fluid from the manufacturer. These fluids have...
recently driving home and went around a corner and my steering became like manual steering..... was out of fluid then replaced ..e
Hello there, you have a few faults going on with your 2003 Mazda Protege5. If there was no power steering fluid in the system than there is a leak somewhere causing the lack of fluid. Putting power steering fluid into...

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