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Transmission not shifting into reverse.
Hi there. If all of the other gears work and only the reverse gear does not work, then there could be a bent shift fork or the reverse input gear has chewed up the teeth. It is very common for...
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Transmission problem - 1974 Mercedes Benz 280
Hey there. Since you only seem to have the problem on a hill, then you may be very low on transmission fluid. When the car is put in reverse, it pumps fluid into a large servo to engage the reverse...
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Car struggles to go into the reverse gear and makes a clunking noise
Other consumers report the type of issue you have with various years and models of BMW but the reports are model specific. If you do a Google search ("difficulty getting reverse BMW "model, year") for your car, you can try...
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My car is jerking for an unknown reason
Hey there. This may be a sign of a failing transmission control module or low transmission fluid. The transmission control module (TCM) helps regulate fuel efficiency and power while storing information about the transmission system in its memory. A faulty...
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I put it in reverse and it went forward. I then put it in drive and it went in reverse. Why would this happen?
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Check the shifter cable to the transmission and make sure that the cable is hooked up correctly. What seems to be happening is either the shifter cable is not attached to the transmission correctly...
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I know nothing about transmissions
Unless you are hearing unusual noises in the forward gears, it is safe to drive the car to the repair shop. Be sure you get a credible diagnosis as well as a detailed, itemized estimate, and you should ask for...
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The car will not move when you shift it into Drive. It works fine when you shift it into Reverse.
Hello there. Like you mentioned, many different faults will cause your 2001 BMW 330i to not move when it is put in drive. The most common faults are faulty shift linkage, shift cable broken, torque converter, low transmission fluid, or...
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My car reverse has very low pressure as if it's not engaging properly
This may be a sign of a faulty transmission control solenoid. Modern automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission solenoid, which directs transmission fluid into...
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My car drives forward when it's in reverse - is this the transmission?
The linkage between the shifter and the transmission range selector may be binding or broken and not allowing a full range of movement at the transmission. The linkage connects to the transmission under the vehicle so it must be lifted...
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Why does my car go forward in reverse?
Hello, the automatic transmission has 3 systems; electronic, hydraulic, and mechanical. What describe could be an internal mechanical failure with transmission. There also could be a hydraulic failure internal with transmission creating only the forward gears circuit to operate. The...
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Why won't my car go in reverse?
Hello - hopefully the few days where the transmission was losing fluid badly did not damage anything. Causes of "no reverse" include: valve body wear, especially the pressure regulator valve, a loose nut on the transmission main shaft (causes an...
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My Volvo will not go in reverse after driving it home
If the transmission all of a sudden will not go into reverse, then check the shifter cable to see if the transmission is in alignment. To do this in the car, simply set the parking brake and put the transmission...
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I cannot move my car in reverse when on a hill, nothing happens when I press the gas pedal
The Nissan Rogue is equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission. They are known to experience issues such as not moving in any gear when the gas pedal is applied, even floored. It may be slipping due to internal issues with...
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My car starts, I can reverse but as soon as I put it in drive it shuts off
Hello. You may have a sticking torque converter lockup clutch, or sticky solenoid for this hydraulic actuator. This would account for the "idles in Reverse, but not in Drive". A locked up converter doesn't allow the engine to idle without...
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Car only goes in reverse
Hey there. This is something that is usually caused by low transmission fluid levels, a faulty transmission control module, or potentially burnt clutches inside the transmission. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose...
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Car will only drive in reverse or 2nd and 1st
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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I put my car in reverse and push the gas but my RPMs won't read
This may be a sign of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you may 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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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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Hesitation backing up
Hello. The symptoms you describe can commonly be caused by transmission issues as well as a variety of other issues. If the issue only appears to occur with reverse gear then it may be possible that there is an issue...
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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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