Q: Car bogging down in gear

asked by on October 19, 2016

When i start my car in park and in neutral and give it gas it's ok but wen i give it gas in drive or reverse it boggles down

My car has 175000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello and thank you for your question. There could be a problem with the brakes not releasing or the transmission torque converter could have failed. Check all of the brakes and make sure that they are adjusted and working properly. To test the torque converter, put the vehicle in an open area, put the parking brake on, and step on the service brakes to the floor. Put the transmission in drive and step on the accelerator pedal to the floor for 3 to 5 seconds. Monitor the RPM’s on the tachometer and write down the readings. If the readings are less than 2800 rpm, then the torque converter stator has broke and the torque converter needs replaced. If you need assistance with troubleshooting your transmission, then seek out a professional, like one from YourMechanic, diagnose the vehicle’s loss of power and advise you on repairs.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Car doesn't run right - 2005 Chevrolet Impala

Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. You will need the check the idle air control valve (IAC). It is located just under the throttle body where the throttle plate is. Unplug the harness and check the plug for any...

Car not starting

Hi, what happens when you turn the key? Batteries tend to wear out around the 5 year mark so if this is still the original battery it probably needs replacing. The best way to check the battery is to hook...

No power to cab or to fuse block

If you lost all power while driving and now have no power to anything then you need to check the main battery cables and alternator for voltage drop on the cables using a volt meter. This will tell you where...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford Fusion
Choosing Choosing a mid-size sedan for your family can be a tough call. There’s a lot of competition out there, including really popular models like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Among all those, though, the 2012 Ford Fusion really...
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...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford F-250
When When it comes to large, heavy-duty pickup trucks, the 2012 Ford F-250 only has two competitors – the Chevrolet Silverado HD and the Dodge Ram 2500/3500. Though the F-250 doesn’t outperform the Ram in the towing department, it certainly...