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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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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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Getting harder to shift into first gear. Car sometimes shutters when accelerating in first.
This may suggest the transmission synchros may be wearing out. Your transmission has small gear synchronizer rings that help to move the transmission in and out of the various gears. When these begin to wear out, you may notice it...
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Can a car put on the park transmission, without pulling the hand break, roll down on a hill after being left for sometime?
Hello, thank you for writing in. Assuming the vehicle is an automatic because you had it in park, you should be concerned about the transmission. This is a classic sign of failure, and you will want to have it looked...
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My gear shift cable may be broken but my car won't. What could be the issue?
Hello, thank you for writing in. Without the vacuum supply from the engine, the brakes become hard to press. The vehicle is designed not to start when it is in gear. This is a safety measure ensuring the vehicle is...
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I have a 07 Saturn ion 2 and my car it won't move all gears work but it just want take off I need help please
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first assumption we make when the vehicle does not move while in gear, is that the transmission fluid is low. Start by checking the level and the condition of the fluid. If it...
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On highway,didn't know 4 hi was stuck on, weird smell, looked like gear oil or oil was leaking pretty good, seemed to stop in 2wd
Hello, thank you for writing in. Your vehicle is typically rear wheel drive, when you have it in 4-Hi then you are telling the front wheels to engage with the transmission. The fluid is then pressurized and the gears mesh...
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CAR WIL NOT MOVE WHEN IN GEAR
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first place to start is to check the level of the transmission fluid. If the level is low, then the hydraulically controlled transmission will not reach the pressure it needs to perform. With...
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Will a bad front ring gear stop 4x4 from working?
Your 4WD will work until the pinion gear cracks or breaks due to the odd wear of the ring gear that has 4 broken teeth. First, recommend that you drain the fluid and fish out any broken metal and debris...
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Car accelerates very slow when it hits 20 mph and neutral shift on dash starts to blink.
Either the transmission has thrust bearings or bushings that are worn causing the internal parts to go out of balance or there is an issue with the fluid is low causing the gears to slip. If the fluid is full...
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2004 chevy silverado 2500hd dies when put in gear after the engine warms up
Hello, thank you for writing in. Unfortunately, there are a large number of components that can contribute to this issue. The first thing you will want to do, regardless of a check engine light being present or not, is to...
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I have 02 ford fusion. And the transmission wont go in gear when its hot. But when first turned in it will.. What will be my prob.
Hi there. Sometimes this type of problem is caused by internal transmission issues. It can be as minor as the transmission fluid being 'dirty' or the hydraulic lines being clogged with debris; requiring transmission fluid to be flushed and the...
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When recently parking, I selected reverse gear on a manual car and It moved backwards and all of a sudden it started to make noise.
Hi there. It sounds like the reverse input gear has ground off and now the high gear which is for direct drive of overdrive is engaged. I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help...

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