Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car did not engage going forward, nor in reverse

asked by on

Our car had not been always engaging in reverse (an intermittent occurrence). This weekend we drove 225 miles. When we pulled into a parking garage and got the check-in ticket, the car did not engage going forward or reverse. I had to push the car out of the way of the line of traffic. When I got back in, the transmission started working again. Can you tell me the cause and a permanent fix for this problem. Thanks.

Hi we will be happy to help. The issue you are experiencing is likely due to a form of preventive maintenance that your vehicle needs. The maintenance that I’m referring to is the clutch actuator adjustment. Overtime, the clutch will become too far to make contact with the friction surface to change the gear. To adjust this, the technician must loosen the clutch actuator and move it out toward the driver side of the car.The actuator should be moved about 1/8 of an inch to the driver’s side of the vehicle then be retightened. I suggest you have a certified technician diagnose the issue with your car not moving. They will be able to perform this actuator adjustment as necessary, as this will likely resolve your problem. Good luck!

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 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!

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: Hey whats up peter, my name is Trayvon i wanted to get my mazda 6 fixed but dont know what all is wrong with the right tire can yo

Hey Treyvon. If the tire itself is stuck and won't roll forward or in reverse, then it is more than likely that the wheel bearing is damaged. Wheel bearings enable wheels on a car to spin freely and stay secured...

Q: Car struggle in low gears.

The transmission needs to be checked for a leak and the cause of the low fluid. This is why it will not work on a hill. The transmission needs more fluid for reverse and low gears and if it is...

Q: Hi. Ok my sisters vechicle just started to stall when put into any gear . When its in park it idles pretty good.

The stalling may be due to the intake manifold has a vacuum leak or the idle air control valve is defective and cannot compensate for the transmission load. Have the throttle body cleaned and idle air valve cleaned or replaced...

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 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.
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.