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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Support Bearing
Common signs include unusual noises and shuddering during acceleration.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Crankshaft Harmonic Balancer
Common signs include engine vibration, misaligned timing marks, and a separated harmonic balancer.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Kickdown Cable
If you feel that your car's transmission is shifting roughly, too fast, or too slow, you may need to replace the kickdown cable.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Transmission Oil Pressure Switch
Common signs include the vehicle entering "limp" mode, having difficulty shifting, and its engine RPM being higher than it should be.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Transmission Speed Sensor
Common signs include harsh or improper shifting, cruise control not working, and the Check Engine Light coming on.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Universal Joint (U-Joint)
Common signs include a squeaking noise, clunking sound when shifting, vibrations in the car, and transmission fluid leaking.
How Long Does a Kickdown Cable Last?
In order for a car to run smoothly, the engine and the transmission will have to work together. With all of the different components in the engine and transmission of a car,...
How Long Does a Shift Interlock Solenoid Last?
Modern transmissions are much more advanced than they were only a few decades ago, particularly automatic transmission. There are many new features and designs on the market, ranging from ‘slick’ shifting...
How Long Does a Shift Selector Cable Last?
When you put your gear selector in drive, you expect to be able to move forward. When you shift to reverse, you expect the car to back up. When everything’s working...
How Long Does a Throttle Body Last?
There are so many components involved in a vehicle running properly, but some of the main ones are rather basic in their role. The throttle body is one of those parts. This...
How to Decide Between Manual and Automatic Transmissions
There are a lot of decisions that have to be made when buying a new car. Everything from choosing a make, model, and trim level to deciding if upgrading the stereo...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Transmission Position Sensor (Switch)
Common signs include the car not starting or moving, transmission going into a different gear than selected, and the vehicle going into limp mode.
How Long Does a Transmission Position Sensor (Switch) Last?
All automatic transmission vehicles have a safety switch in place that only allows them to start if they are in park or neutral gars. The transmission position sensor, also called the...
How Long Does a Transmission Speed Sensor Last?
The transmission speed sensor measures the RPMs of the shaft of the transmission. While the engine is running, but not moving, then the input shaft of the transmission is not moving...
How to Know When Your Transmission Is Not Working
Most vehicles use some sort of transmission to transfer the power generated from the engine, into usable power that can turn the wheels. There are two common types of transmissions...
How to Replace Transmission Fluid
Whether you have a manual or an automatic transmission in your vehicle, the transmission fluid is one of the most overlooked fluids when it comes to maintenance. Forgetting to...
How to Double-Clutch Downshift a Manual Transmission Car
Learning how to double-clutch downshift on your cars manual transmission can optimize your acceleration, deceleration, and help maintain components.
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 to Replace a Transmission Oil Pressure Switch
A transmission oil pressure switch relays measurements from the pump. If the filter is clogged, this switch puts the transmission into limp mode.

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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...
Transmission issues, slips from second to fourth gear
I would start by being concerned about these wires that are spliced in. If there is another circuit that is spliced in there then it can be causing this. If there was no issue previously then it may not be...
My Expedition vibrates a lot when stopped at a slope
Hello and thank you for your question. This symptom is not related to the engine but rather the transmission. If you drive the vehicle around and the engine runs just fine, then either the engine oil is low, causing the...
Do I have a transmission oil cooler failure?
I would need to know what kind of vehicle this is to be able to tell you for sure what is going on. Though this can happen on many vehicles, most of the time it occurs on Nissan cars. If...
Every time I push the gas pedal, the car doesn't move fast
Hello. If the transmission is suddenly acting up like this and giving you this code then you may have gotten a defective transmission, or most of the time this is either related to the wiring or a control module problem....
The RPM is racing up and down when in park. Dashboard lights come on one at a time and then the car runs badly
Hi there. I understand your situation and concern. Fist we need the codes that are stored when the Check Engine Light comes on. Any diagnostic scan tool should be able to give us the codes that are set and give...
How do I properly install a transmission pan back on?
When installing the pan, the mating surfaces of the transmission and the pan should be clean, dry, and free of debris. To assure a good seal, I will usually use some brake cleaner, acetone, or any other type of solvent...
Transmission engine comparability
Hey there. As long as the engine you have currently bolted to the 700R4 is NOT a 4 cyl or V6, it should bolt up to the TH400. TH350s, TH400s (except those in a Jeep), and 700R4s (except as noted...
Missing transmission part
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. There could be a park neutral position (PNP) switch missing from the transmission. There could also be a gear inspection cover missing on the transmission. Look at what part of the transmission is...
Car will start but will not go into drive or reverse. It revs up just fine, transmission was not slipping. Rear tire was covered in fluid.
Hello. I would need to know what kind of vehicle this is to be able to help you with specifics. From what you are explaining though it sounds like a transmission failure. When there is a transmission problem the vehicle...
Transmission won't shift into park - 1988 Chevrolet S10
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. If your vehicle has a linkage, there should be an adjustment nut to adjust how long or short the linkage should be. Check for the nut and adjust the linkage to make the transmission...
My 1988 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has power in reverse but spits and sputters with hardly any power in drive.
Hello and thank you for your question. Sounds like the manual valve is out of adjustment and the transmission is applying the forward and reverse input clutch at the same time. This will cause the issue you are having. You...
Car does not move in forward gear, previously had a burning smell in car
From what you are explaining and from my experience with this vehicle it does sound like a transmission failure. It is common for the forward clutch back to fail all of a sudden, or for the forward clutch case to...
Car reads "Pressure Control Valve 3V". I believe it has to do with a solenoid.
Hello. I would need to know some more information about what you car is doing to be able to help with a diagnosis. If it is giving a pressure control code then most of the time this is caused by...
Car will not move after driving for 2 minutes
Hi there. From the description you have provided, there appears to be a problem with your vehicle's transmission. Your vehicle's lack of acceleration (engine revs without motion after 2 minutes) could be the transmission's fluid level being low. A low...
Sensor problem? Transmission overheating
Hi there. Your Focus has what is called a dual-clutch "automatic" transmission. Mechanically, it is a manual transmission with 2 clutches and servos, and other electronics used to handle the clutches and shifting such that it acts like a classic...
Does this transmission have a transmission filter that can or needs to be change at certain miles?
Most vehicles have an internal transmission filter that can be changed by removing the transmission pan. Some diesel trucks will have an external filter that can be changed just like an oil filter. The transmission filter is usually recommended to...
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...
My transmission is slipping
The transmission may have bad slipping clutches and flushing will not fix the problem. You should have a transmission diagnosis done instead to see if you have a leak and low fluid situation. To avoid any unnecessary repairs, a mobile...
my transmission keeps trying to slide off the transmission jack.
This should not hurt the exhast to do this. I would recommend asking for a helper if necessary to help you keep the transmission level. If the transmission falls, this can damage the transmission rather than the exhaust. If the...

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