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Is it Safe to Drive With a Slipping Transmission?
The transmission converts the power from the engine into motion so the vehicle can move. Vehicles have either an automatic or manual transmission. A manual transmission must be put into gear with...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Clutch Cable
If your manual car's transmission is slipping out of gear or clutch pedal is hard or sinking to the floor, you may have to replace the clutch cable.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Shift Selector Cable
Common signs include the indicator not matching the gear and the vehicle not turning off, starting in another gear, or not going into gear at all.
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How to Figure Out the Gear Ratio of Your Car
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How to Drive a Manual Transmission Car Without Using the Clutch
Manual transmissions have a clutch that allows you to change gears when needed. There may come a time when your clutch fails while you're on the road.
How to Shift From First to Second Gear in a Manual Transmission Car
Shifting from first to second gear in a manual transmission requires accuracy and practice, as well as a feel for the car.
How to Replace Timing Gears
Timing gears control are connected to the crankshaft and the camshaft and how much fuel and air enter the cylinder to ensure your car runs smoothly.
How Long Does Transmission Fluid Last?
Transmission fluid lubricates all the moving parts of your car transmission, and in an automatic transmission, it also acts as a coolant and viscous fluid that delivers engine power to the transmission. What kind...
The 10 Transmission Problems to Never Ignore
There’s nothing quite like transmission problems to stress out the average car owner. They are, at best, inconvenient and, at worst, very expensive. Proper vehicle maintenance is the best way to prevent transmission...
The Most Common Error Codes for Transmission Problems
If your Check Engine Light has come on, there are a number of conditions that could be causing it. Many are related to the transmission. Your mechanic can perform a computer analysis that will reveal the problems that...
Understanding Main Gears Vs. Planetary Gears
Aspiring mechanics spend hours learning about how main gears and planetary gears work in a car transmission, so a full dissertation simply isn’t possible within this relatively brief article. If you’re curious...
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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If I replace the timing belt and all the components (including seals) how much is labor. Should I replace everything?
Billing question is sent to CS for the cost to replace the timing belt, components, and seals, on a 2004 Toyota Highlander.
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won't come out of 1st gear.
Hi there. Check the shifter cable to the transmission. The cable could have come off or broken off the transmission. Check the bolt to the transmission and the shifter cable and see if its loose. Replace the cable or tighten...
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Transmission shifter.
Hi there. From the description you have provided, it does sound life the shift selector cable is broken or disconnected. The shifter mechanism could be at fault. Proper diagnoses should be performed to avoid unnecessary repairs. I recommend having your...
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Transmission shifted very hard one night and has not done it again
Check the level of the transmission fluid. If the fluid and filter have never been changed that would be wise to do as preventive maintenance. Transmission fluid filters can get plugged and clean fluid will promote efficient and long lived...
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Okay, I have a '99 Dodge Ram 2500 w/8.0 V10. The timing chain needs to be replaced. Should I replace the gears also?
Hi there. When changing out the timing chains, it is recommended to replace all the sprockets. The sprockets are worn into the old chains and can cause the new chains to prematurely fail or stretch. You can use a tensioner...
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Manual transmission won't go into any gears.
Hi there. It is possible that the transmission may have gotten into the wrong gear at the wrong time and could have damaged that counter shaft or the main shaft in the transmission. First drain the oil from the transmission...
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Transmission will not go into gear when warmed up
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle may be experiencing some sort of potentially serious transmission issue. If the transmission was having issues prior to mixing in the additive it may be possible that doing so...
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Can I change gear ratio of my rearend if I also change the front
When it comes to a four wheel drive vehicle, it doesn't really matter what gears you use, as long as they match on the front and rear. So, if you wanted to switch to a 355 gear, that would be...
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Is there a quick fix to drive to a shop
YourMechanic does offer a mobile service to resolve the issue you are describing and during such service the Mechanic could also download the diagnostic trouble codes that have caused the check engine light to illuminate. Alternatively, you could review the...
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transmission question
If you're put the transmission in neutral but letting the clutch out causes the car to move forward, that means there is either something wrong with the gear shift linkage, that is the gear shift linkage is not actually putting...
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Won't run right and will no turn on.
Hi there. Check the fuel pressure on the fuel rail and make sure that there is pressure all the time when the key is turned on. If there is good pressure of 45 to 65 psi, then the fuel system...
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car won't go into gears 1-5 but will reverse whats the problem?
Hi there. The issue could be the shifter not working with the fork being bent on the shifter or the synchronizers are damaged and not allowing the gears to be obtained in any forward position. I recommend seeking out a...
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Putting transmission in reverse grinds gears but not when changing any of the forward gears.
Hi there. The issue could be either the shifter fork being bent or the reverse gear is burned up causing the transmission to grind when going in reverse. I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic,...
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My 2010 Chevrolet Equinox has a timing chain replaced and I was wondering if the timing gear was part of this.
Hello. If they replaced the timing chain to begin with then they should have also replace the timing chain gears and the tensioners at the same time. If they did not replace all of these parts when then installed the...
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There is a noise coming from the transmission.
Hi there. The noise could be coming from a clutch pack slipping with no frictions left causing a whining noise. The other thing that could cause the noise is the gears are worn and moving around too much. I recommend...
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Car doesn't have power in the lower gears.
The issue is the clutch is slipping. When the transmission is in second gear, the power train is in an in between gear ratio and will cause the vehicle to have a loss of power during acceleration. I recommend seeking...
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cant get into reverse while car is on.
If you are having to bleed the clutch hydraulic circuit repeatedly, you should have that inspected and repaired. Obviously, there is a leak that is admitting air. Once the clutch is functioning, the gear shift issue would be evaluated, if...
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Edelbrock 305 Monte Carlo sometimes it will go in gear. What's wrong?
Automatic Transmission If you have an automatic transmission, check the fluid level and make sure that its full. If the fluid is full, then check the shifter cable and make sure that it is connected properly and that it is...
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Permanently stuck in 4th gear after a flood.
Check the transmission shifter switch / sensor on the shifter of the transmission. It is possible that the shifter has been shorted out due to the water in the car. Check the transmission fluid to make sure that it is...
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Car won't go into gear or it will slowly go into gear but hesitates to pull.
Whether you have a manual transmission or an automatic transmission, if the rpm's are going up and the vehicle is not moving, then the clutch on the manual or the clutches in the automatic are slipping causing the vehicle to...

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