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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.
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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
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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...
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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 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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What could it be when the transmission won't engage in either gear
Hello, thank you for writing in. When dealing with an unresponsive automatic transmission, always start with checking the fluid level. If the fluid is not full, then you need to inspect for a leak, and repair that damage first. There...
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I put a 30 fuse in my cruise control slot instead of an 15 and now the d4 light is flashing
Hello, and thank you for writing in. A higher rated fuse will allow a higher amount of voltage through the circuit. This can confuse and do damage to the other electronics in the system. Start by going and getting the...
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3 speed floor shifter won't go in reverse internally and it looks good.
Hi there. Either the shifter has a bent fork or the synchronizer on the reverse drive is damaged causing the reverse gear to not engage. I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you...
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My transmission has only second gear.
Hi there. Either the transmission has multiple bent shifter forks on the top of the transmission or the transmission counter shaft has many broken teeth keeping the second gear only the active gear. I recommend seeking out a professional, such...
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Timing belt replacement: Cam gears are not lining up.
Hi there. You will have to remove the timing belt and turn the camshafts again to line them up to there marks. Now, one camshaft will stay in that position where the other one will be under spring tension. You...
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Car not moving in any gear
Hello, and thank you for writing in. Unfortunately this is a classic sign that the transmission has failed. They fail for various reasons including mechanical failures, pressure issues, or leaks. The transmission oil needs to be drained, and meanwhile you...
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the car dies when put in gear
Hello, thank you for writing in. Unfortunately this is one of the situations where the possible causes can be with a lot of different components. You may want to do some further testing on the intake air temperature sensor. There...
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Im having hard time puting my truck into parking gear. Plus if i step on gas paddle i van hear noise from the buttom of the car.
Hello, and thank you for writing in. There could be one of several issues going on. Typically this is a sign that the shift linkage is loose, the shifter is loose, or the mechanism attaching the shift linkage to the...
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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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