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Gear takes a while to change from reverse to drive
Hello. You don't specify the mileage on your Focus, but the symptoms suggest low internal hydraulic pressure in the transmission (despite the recent fluid and filter change), or a weak forward clutch pack. If you would like to have this...
Transmission doesn't shift, gets stuck in fail safe mode.
Depending on the circumstances, it may in fact be in "fail-safe" mode. When this happens you will normally also have a Check Engine Light on which will usually cause fault codes to be registered in the ECU. When the vehicle...
Oil change due, now car is bouncing and shaking
Hello. The oil change should not cause the car to bounce or shake. This may be unrelated to the oil change and may be a sign of a more serious problem and should be looked at by a qualified mechanic...
My car accelerates very slowly - do I have turbo failure?
Hi there. From the description you have given, there could be a few reasons for the lack of turbocharger and lack of power. It could be the turbocharger has failed and requires replacement. With no unusual noises, it could be...
My truck selectively shifts hard
Hi there. From the description you provided, it seems you have more than one thing going on with your vehicle. The hard shifting, and the starting off in second and then jumping into first as you accelerate, could be a...
How complicated should changing manual transmission oil be?
Hi there. On many of the older Toyotas, changing manual or automatic transmission fluid wasn't very complicated. The autos had a dipstick and the manuals used a specification of when new gear oil starts flowing out of the fill port...
My car's gear won't shift. Only neutral works. I just changed the transmission fluid.
Hello and thank you for your question. When you changed your transmission fluid, you need to ask yourself what the color of the fluid was when it drained out. If the fluid was very dark or black, then when putting...
Car won't shift into 1st gear.
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. From what you've described, you'll need to check the adjustment of the cable. The cable may be too short, not letting the transmission engage 1st gear. If you need a diagnosis with your shifting...
My car jerks while shifting gears. Will a transmission flush help with this problem?
Hello - some would say not to flush the transmission at this mileage point, for fear of stirring up debris and clogging shift valves. On the other hand, changing the fluid and filter may improve gear engagement (slow as you...
Car won't crank or start with ignition - Audi A3
Hi there. From the description you have given, the problem of your vehicle not cranking with the key and gear indicator (P) flashing. This leads me to believe, there is a problem with the transmission position sensor. Not recognizing the...
My transmission is shifting hard and won't shift until I stop the car
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. There may be a problem with the governor or VSS (Vehicle Speed Sensor) that is causing the transmission not to shift again until the vehicle comes to a stop. The pump pressure could...
My car has a high idle when in park and doesn't shift properly
Hi there. Cold idle can be as high as 1500 RPM, but should lower to around 750 RPM for this vehicle once warmed up. This could be an air leak into the intake area of the engine; an auditory check...
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...
Clutch pedal is staying down and doesn't disengage the transmission
The first thing to do is to check the clutch master cylinder to see if the cylinder is full and ensure that the cap vent is not blocked. If the fluid is full then check the clutch hydraulic system to...
My car just stopped one day and it doesnt move at all and wont lock into gear
Hey there. The first thing to check is the transmission fluid level. All of the shift activity on this gearbox utilizes hydraulic pressure under solenoid control. Another possibility is a failed pump drive (from the torque convertor). If this is...
Does not shift properly
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Sounds like the synchros inside the transmission are going out. The synchros keep the gears locked together when driving and also allow a driver to shift the gear when the clutch is disengaged. Try...
Car keeps popping out of first gear.
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. What is wrong with your vehicle is the transmission shifter detent springs are worn and making the gear shifter not stay locked in. The detent springs are located in the top of the transmission...
I have a 99 Yukon when I put it in reverse it goes forward. It has only done it twice
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Make sure the linkage on the side of trans moves along with the shifter cable as the cable moves. If that's okay, then drop pan and check the linkage to manual valve...
Clutch problem in i20 Magna-Opt Diesel
Hi there, thanks for writing in. Actually, you should only be shifting gears with the clutch pedal fully to the floor. However, there may still be some air in the clutch hydraulic line, and the clutch needs additional bleeding. It...
Car idles when shifted into any gear when foot is removed from clutch
Hi there. This sounds like you have a failed clutch disc or pressure plate. The clutch disc provides the frictional surface for the flywheel and pressure plate to grab and move the vehicle. The input shaft of the transmission is...

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