Q: Car doesn't move when in gear 2007 Ford Focus

asked by on March 10, 2017

Car will go into gear but won't move.

My car has 1000000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hello - there are several possibilities here: first, perhaps the shifter cable(s) have broken, or detached themselves from the shifter or transmission, and you’re not really in gear (hope for this - this is the least expensive to fix. Second - a spider gear or shaft in the differential portion of the transaxle may have broken, creating a break in the "power path" to the wheels (might well be grinding or metallic knocking noises from under the hood). Third - the cluch disc may have come apart, which would also create noise. Fourth - a shaft, gear or bearing in the transaxle may have failed - also causing noise. I recommend a transmission inspection performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, and give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

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