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If your manual car has abnormal pedal feel, low or contaminated brake fluid, or any visible leaks, you may need to replace the clutch slave cylinder.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Shift Interlock Solenoid
The shift interlock solenoid needs to be replaced if the vehicle cannot shift out of park and the battery is not dead.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Transfer Case Output Shaft Seal
Common signs include difficulty shifting gears, grinding noises coming from underneath the vehicle, and jumping in and out of four-wheel drive.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Throttle Body
Common signs include dirt, grime, and carbon deposits on the inside of the housing, electrical problems, vacuum leaks, and a very poor or high idle.
How to Replace a Console Shift Indicator Bulb
Console shift indicator bulbs allow you to view your gears in the dark. This bulb can either last the life of the car or break unexpectedly.
How to Troubleshoot a Slipping Clutch
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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 Use Autostick
Autostick gives drivers with automatic transmissions the feel of a manual car. It allows the driver to upshift and downshift for extra control.
How a Hydraulic Clutch System Works
If your car transmission has a hydraulic clutch, chances are you’re wondering exactly how it works within your shifting system. Most clutches, especially on older vehicles, work by means of a cog system that...
How a Clutch Engages and Disengages
In your car transmission, the clutch is a device that works to engage and disengage the moving parts of your drive shaft. For purposes of this discussion, we’ll focus on manual transmissions....
How a Manual Transmission Works
A manual transmission helps a vehicle achieve a desired speed through the use of gears, a clutch, and a shifter. It works like this: when the driver wants to shift gears, he or she...
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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Your shift boot is an important part in your car that is attached to our gear stick. This is what you use to shift gears, and it works as a great way...

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My shifter won't go into park - 2002 Saturn SL1
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. The shift cable could be stretched causing the shifter not to go into park. Remove and replace the shift cable and recheck. The lock solenoid in the shifter housing may have failed...
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Can't get out of Park w/o manual release 2007 BMW 328
Hello - I would check your brake light switch and the fuse for the brake lights. If you have no brake lights, the brake switch has likely failed, preventing the shifter from leaving the Park position, without the manual override....
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Transmission fluid change
Usually the fluid in the transmission would not cause an issue such as this. I would recommend having your transmission inspected by a qualified professional to determine if any internal damage exists. This may involve tearing down the transmission in...
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No crank related to shifter cable?
If the cable has stretched, the position at the transmission, and the position shown on the shifter may not be the same. If possible, disconnect the cable at the transmission. Then shift the transmission to neutral by hand. Once this...
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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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My 75 vogue motorhome won't shift out of drive
Hi there. The transmission stuck in the drive position, may be the result of a broken or disconnected shift cable. There is a possibility, the manual position lever to manual valve has broken inside of the transmission. I recommend having...
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I put my car in park and turned it off, now the shifter won't move
From the description you have provided, it would appear to be a shifter and/or shift cable problem. A bad shift interlock solenoid may be preventing the shifter from moving. It could also be that the shifter or shift cable has...
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Shift to drive but goes to manual mode not automatic.
Hi there. Check the shifter to the transmission. The shifter solenoid is not working properly and needs replaced. Remove the shifter housing from the vehicle and you will see a solenoid in it. This is the shift interlock solenoid for...
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the car is stuck in first gear and wont shift
A certified mechanic from YourMechanic could perform a mobile no shift diagnostic right at your location in order to identify the cause. If, as you mention, the shift linkage feels loose there is a possibility of an easy to address...
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My car is hard to shift, could it be a problem with the shifter cable?
The shifter cable is either broken or there are clamps that are not connected to the frame of the vehicle. Check the shifter cable for any looseness and see if the cable is moving. If the cable is mounted correctly...
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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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Difficulty changing gear. Has become very stiff, mainly second gear and reverse. Only 30k miles 2009 Toyota Yaris
Hello - most likely one or both of your shifter cables needs to be replaced, because of lack of lubrication inside the cable. The colder weather highlights this problem (probably shifts better after you've driven a bit, right?). I would...
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Celica won't go into 2,4 gear. Owner said its a cable that is broke and needs to be replaced.
Hello. Yes, a broken, or loose shifter cable could cause the inability to catch 2nd and 4th gear. I would recommend having a pre-purchase car inspection completed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come...
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My shifter is broken and will not move out of park.
Hello there, many faults will cause your 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo shifter to be stuck in park. The most common fault is the brake switch, the brake switch locks the shifter until the car detects the brake pedal is pressed....
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Gear shift slips over to Manual Transmission without touching. I have to hold it to keep it in Automatic.
Hi there. All automatic transmissions require transmission fluid for them to work. In your engine compartment by the right side next to the radiator area, there is a box in front of the air filter housing. Remove that box and...
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Car stuck in Park - 2010 Honda Civic
Hello - the inability to get the transmission out of Park is likely a failure of the neutral safety switch, preventing the shifter interlock mechanism from releasing the shifter. I would recommend an inspection of the shifter components by a...
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Gear shifter not aligned correctly, stuck in gear 2001 Ford Ranger
Hello - whether for a manual or automatic transmission, your Ranger uses cable linkage between the shifter and the transmission. Over time, both the attachment points, the cables themselves, and the pivot bushings in the linkage become worn - sometimes...
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Acura Shift Lock Solenoid
Of course the shift lock is there for your safety. So anything you do to override it means you wont be protected from shifting into gear by accident. In that respect it may be better for you to push the...
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My gear selector is broken.
Depending on where and how badly the gear selector is broken, you may not have to replace the entire steering column to fix the selector fixed. The gear selector is sold separately . You will still have to gain access...
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Sifter floats from gear to gear and when letting out the clutch there is no response.
Hi there. Either the clutch has failed causing the transmission not to engage in any gear, or the transmission shifter plastic rings broke and will not engage the shifter. Check the clutch and make sure that it is moving when...

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