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How Long Does Transmission Fluid Last?
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The Most Common Error Codes for Transmission Problems
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3 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Gear Shifter
The gear shifter allows the vehicle to be put into different gears on a manual transmission. In an automatic transmission, the gear shifter is known as a gear selector. The gear shifter is...

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Car will not move
Hello, thank you for writing in. While these issues are frustrating, it is best to take this kind of diagnosis step by step. The most common cause of these symptoms is low transmission fluid. The automatic transmission relies on the...
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no signigicant power in take off
Hello, thank you for writing in. The automatic transmission starts in first gear always. Considering the age of the vehicle, there are a large number of components that can be contributing to your symptoms. Start with the simplest fixes. When...
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My son has a 1994 mustang that was turned from a manual to an auto trans before he bought it. It seems to be stuck in gear. Goes
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first step is to see if you can manually switch the transmission into a gear where the gear selector connects to the outside of the transmission. If you cannot, there is an interior...
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All my gears work but drive and 3rd gear
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely experiencing issues with the transmission. The first step to take is having the vehicle scanned for diagnostic codes, and use them to help point you in the right direction. If...
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2003 trailblazer car starts but wouldn't move when I put it in drive or reverse yesterday. This morning it drove fine.
Hello, thank you for writing in. Typically no response from the transmission is a sign of a failed hydraulics. This is most commonly caused by low transmission fluid, a clog or hydraulic valve issue, or transmission failure. You will want...
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Taurus won't engage any gears the column will still move through gears Fluid looks fine problem happened out of blue
Hello, thank you for writing in. Start by tightening up the linkage. You can even make adjustments to the linkage to compensate for wear. The transmission pan should be taken off and inspected. If there are any signs of mechanical...
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Hello, I have a 2002 Honda Accord and whenever I go to put it in gear there's a loud grinding sound and the car won't move at all.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The symptoms you are having are due to transmission issues. To start, you need to check your transmission fluid level. Low levels of this hydraulic fluid will cause issues with the transmission shifting into...
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My vehicle 2000 grand caravan. Wont shift into 2nd gear i have low when put in 3rd to try coming up through the gears it wont shif
Hello, thank you for writing in. When having issues shifting, the first thing you want to do is check the level of your transmission fluid. The hydraulic fluid is what allows the gears to be changed, and it is a...
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Why are all "PRNDS" selected
Hello, thank you for writing in. When all of your gear indicator lights illuminate, it typically means that there has been an issue detected with the transmission. You are going to want to start by scanning the vehicle for diagnostic...
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2002 chevy Tahoe Transmission Mystery
Hello, thank you for writing in. The transmission utilizes a planetary gear set to obtain different gears when you select them on your shifter. The planetary gear set may have become stripped or broken and it will need to be...
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transmission not engaging correctly
Hello, thank you for writing in. Considering the age of the vehicle, the transmission may need to be serviced. This would include a fluid and filter change. During that process it can be inspected for signs of wear and obvious...
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Shift lever wont go in park or other gears
Hello, thank you for writing in. It is possible the shifter cable or its related components are damaged. They are typically visible from the bottom of the transmission. It should not be hard to inspect that area if you can...
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Pulsing sound coming from engine of 98 buick century ?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be stalling once in gear for several reasons. To start, check the level and condition of your transmission fluid. Low or dirty fluid will cause issues with the pressure, and can...
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My gear when in park doesn't allow ME ro take my key out I have to push up real hard to take out the key..
Hello, thank you for writing in. We need to determine if the key is getting stuck in the ignition cylinder, or if the shifter is not registering as being in park. First, make sure nothing is stuck in the way...
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my car only moves when I release clutch fuly after enganing gear
Hello, thank you for writing in. The clutch needs to be inspected and likely needs to be replaced. With that being said, further inspection and testing needs to be done first. You want to inspect your pressure plate as well....
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My 2004 mitsubishi dalmante will start but wont go into gear
Hello, thank you for writing in. Transmissions tend to show these types of issues when the transmission fluid is low, contaminated, or burnt. You should start with checking and changing the fluid first. From there look into transmission solenoids, the...
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dodge avenger 2010: The shift lever moves to all gears, but the car won't move. The dashboard says it is still in park.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having one of several issues, but this is a common problem with your make and model. To begin, the shifter is connected to a cable right beneath the shifter knob...
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Convertible top won't go up
Hello, thank you for writing in. Due to the fact the convertible top's motors make no noise when they are triggered, they are likely not receiving any power. The most likely reason for this is a short that is only...
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My automatic transmission wont shift gears. It is stuck in neutral
Hello, thank you for writing in. If you cannot physically move the shifter passed neutral and into drive, then there is likely more stuck in the way. You will want to keep digging until you have removed all of the...
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Hi! What can cause the engine to shut off occasionally when shifting from reverse to drive in an automatic transmission? This has
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several things you can check, luckily if you are mechanically inclined at all you can check quite a few at home. To begin, make sure your idle air control valve and throttle...

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