I drove my car over a hundred miles and the car drove gre...


I drove my car over a hundred miles and the car drove great. Then when I got to a traffic signal, stopped then tried to excelerate the car made a strange noise and it was a little difficult to get the car to pick up speed but even...

I drove my car over a hundred miles and the car drove great. Then when I got to a traffic signal, stopped then tried to excelerate the car made a strange noise and it was a little difficult to get the car to pick up speed but eventually it did. Got on the freeway and everything was great until I got off the exit and came to another stop light and when I had to exceletrate slowly so the car could shift gears and I got home. Never experienced this before. The next morning I started my car just fine put it in drive and the car wouldn’t move. Put it in reverse and the car still wouldn’t move. It felt like the car was in neutral. I also noticed some transmission fluid under the car which wasn’t there before. I have an automatic transmission Mechanic's Assistant: How many miles are on the car? Is it the original transmission? 180,000 Mechanic's Assistant: What is the make/model/year of your transmissions? Not sure, I bought it used Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far? 2001 Isuzu trooper Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the Mechanic to know before I connect you? I’m just trying to understand what it could be. Shifter linkage, low/bad trans fluid, torque converter, sensors or computers? Feels like it is in neutral

Automotive Expert
Hello, Welcome to Just Answer My name is \*\*\*\*\* \*\*\*\*\* I've been an automotive engineer since 1996 and together we're going to solve this issue. this sounds like your transmission may have sprung a leak and you've lost fluid, as the fluid is used to select gears and provide drive a low level will mean the transmission will slip and probably not change gears very well so I'd say the next step is to get under the car to try and locate the source of the leak as the next step and rectify it you could just add more fluid through the dipstick tube in the engine bay to get you going but unless the leak is very small this is more of a band-aid / get you home solution whilst you are under the car it would also be wise to check the condition of the electrical connections to the transmission, by disconnecting the plug , inspect both sides for bent or damaged pins and use some contact cleaner on both halves before refitting

Thanks for your response. There wasn’t any prior leak. It happened while the car was parked over night. There was a rough sound at the initial intersection I mentioned but nothing after. I was thinking it may have lost fluid that’s why it would drive forward or reverse. When you talk about electrical, are you referring to the transmission solenoid control or shifter linkage?
Automotive Expert
It certainly sounds like its lost fluid from what you've said so check its fluid level as the next step and the electrical connection I'm referring to is the large one the side of the transmission that connects to the chassis

If there is no leak in the transmission or electrical problem what would have caused the fluid to have come out.
Automotive Expert
1st thing to check is if the fluid level is actually low? if it is I've known fluid ot be lost from oil coolers so check the condition of engine coolant if it looks oily then that may be the issue

What others are asking

How do you check the engine oil?

Keeping an eye on the fluids in your car is an important part of being a responsible vehicle owner. Your oil should be checked regularly, at least once per month, but more frequently is fine. Here’s how to do it:...

Car shutting off even with a new fuel pump.

In my experience I would recheck the fuel pump again since if it fixed the problem only a short period of time, then the new part may be defective. The fuel pressure test would let you know if it is...

Car sounds like I'm running over can

Hi. Cars can make a variety of noises, if they are loud it may indicate that something may be excessively worn, loose, or even damaged. I would recommend having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, drive and inspect...

ECT Engine Coolant Sensor Removal

The tool is an open end wrench or a line wrench that should be a 3/4 inch for most sensors of this type. Take the new sensor with you to get the exact size you need since some were a...

I have a 2014 nissan maxima. It smoking from the exhaust with a blueish gray look. There's no oil leaks on the ground.

Hi there. Check the engine oil level and see how low it is. If the oil is a little low, then the oil is burning in the exhaust system. This is caused by the valve guide seals leaking, the rings...

My power steering just stopped working as o got stuck in the snow just now

It's possible that the front suspension and/or the steering rack sustained damage during this incident. The only other potential cause is a power steering pump failure and/or a failure of the drive belt. I recommend you request a power steering...

Car idles rough with AC on - 2008 dodge avenger

Hello, thank you for writing in. There can be multiple problems with the vehicle causing your issues. First, we need to take a look at the drive belt which sends power to the AC system from the engine. When the...

I accidently hit the bottom of my car and now when I start it up the idle is at 4k. The gears shift horribly...what needs to be do

Unless the faulty operation, that is the high idle, is a coincidence, something on the vehicle was damaged when you ran over the obstacle. That something will be identified during an inspection. As far as your question about whether it...

I recently installed a cold air intake on my 2001 golf 2.0 when I did my car threw out 2 codes p0134 and p0140 should I be worried

Hi Matthew. Thanks for contacting us tonight. You can learn more about these trouble codes by clicking the blue links - P-0134 and the P-0140 code. In regards to taking them seriously, any OBD-II trouble code indicates a problem that...