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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.
The Mechanics of Cars: Simple Machines in Automobiles
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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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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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While driving, the gears downshift and the car will not go into reverse.
Hello, thanks for writing in. Your description suggests that the transmission linkage is not correctly aligned, or is not staying in a correctly aligned position, from the steering column to the transmission itself. This is all external to the transmission...
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The car 166,000 miles on it, but still runs like a top...
Hello, thanks for writing in. the torque converter is the likely failure here. The torque converter drives the pressure pump for the transmission (which provides the hydraulic pressure for gear engagement, shifting, etc.). The torque converter splines are notoriously weak...
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My car is taking off in second gear
Is the Check Engine Light on or could a fault code be stored in the computer? To see if there is a fault code stored in the computer without the presence of an illuminated Check Engine Light, the car will...
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Transmission goes into reverse but not drive.
This is likely a sign of low transmission fluid. I would recommend checking the fluid first to see if this does not fix your issue. If this does not solve the problem, this may be a faulty transmission control solenoid....
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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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Whine noise only, in cabin at 2000 rpms
Hi there. It appears you're chasing a lot of potential mechanical or electrical gremlins with your 1993 Honda Accord; which is rather typical with a car more than 20 years old. There could be multiple issues that are causing these...
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Hyundai - hard to put in gear and odd noise
Hello - I suspect the pilot bearing in your clutch assembly is seizing up. When you press the clutch pedal, this seized bearing tries to keep turning the input shaft to the transmission, even though the clutch has released that...
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Transmission gets often times gets stuck in 2nd gear. Why?
This is often times a sign of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a...
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My car does not drive - 2007 Honda Fit
Hello - this behavior is the power control module (PCM) telling you there is a problem with the automatic transmission. Check the transmission fluid first of course, and if low, only add Honda Z1 fluid. If the fluid is not...
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Transmission only has 1st gear
Hello. P0732 is the trouble code for an abnormal gear 2 shift ratio. If the vehicle's transmission computer detects that there is an issue with the gear ratio and timing of second gear, it will set off this code to...
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Should I change my transmission fluid?
This may be a sign of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission...

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