Q: Stalling when put into reverse

asked by on

Car cuts off when I change gears and makes noises when I accelerate. My car sounds like something is flapping under it. It starts right up but stops when I put it in reverse. When it is in reverse and it finally keeps running, it jerks like it wants to cut off. It whines when I'm idle and sometimes sounds like it's scraping when I let off the brake.

My car has 41035 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. From what you describe it appears that your vehicle may be experiencing more than one issue. If your car is stopping or stalling when put into reverse then that could be a sign of an issue with the transmission or engine management system. If the check engine light is on a A whine at idle could be a sign of an issue with the belts, or perhaps with one of the accessory bearings. A scraping noise when you let off the gas is commonly caused by worn brakes. Usually a scraping sound is an indicator that the brakes have worn excessively thin and may require replacement. If the vehicle is still under warranty I would recommend taking it to a dealership for diagnosis and service, or if not, having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to diagnose the cause of your stalling](https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/car-is-stalling-inspection) and jerking.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Stalling when put into reverse

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

Q: Change check transmission fluid

Hello there. The Nissan Versa and many newer vehicles do not come equipped with transmission dipsticks. The owner's manual (which comes with the car) should have details for how the CVT transmission fluid is checked, as this is a service...

Q: 2003 Kia Rio, drove fine on the way to work. When I went to turn it on after work, it started shaking and making a bad clicking cr

Hi Jesse. Sometimes when an engine is running fine one minute, then starts to shake and vibrate, it's caused by a vacuum leak. The clicking noise could also be a serpentine belt that is starting to wear out as well,...

Q: Fuel injector and tank cleaning 2015 Ford Focus

Hi there - unless there was an incidence of sabotage (sugar in the fuel tank or similar), suggesting you clean your fuel tank and injectors seems a rather odd and unnecessary request for a nearly new vehicle. Unless there is...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.