Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car has trouble moving forward and backwards. Do you know how to fix?

asked by on

When put into drive the car has a squealing noise and trouble moving forward smoothly or backwards. Jerky motion and sometimes no movement at all.

A: With the information given, a proper diagno...

With the information given, a proper diagnosis cannot be given. However, hopefully we can steer you in a direction that will help.

At first it sounds like a clutch issue. The clutch may be failing to disengage entirely once the gear has been entered. This would explain the squealing you are hearing. If the clutch is not allowing the gear to be entered, the car will not move.

Without knowing if you have a manual or automatic transmission, we can not give you further information on the specific parts that may be at fault.

Depending on your level of experience, you will likely need help from a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, or a transmission specialist to properly diagnose the jerking and hesitation you're experiencing.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Noise coming from torque converter

Hi there. A noisy torque convertor signifies that it will need to be replaced soon. Also the torque convertor is connected to other components in your transmission that can also be the cause of this noise. To have this correctly...

Q: My transmission smells like a burnt cake

Hello, thank you for writing in. It sounds like the engine and transmission have either gotten pretty hot or it is possible that the transmission cooler was leaking into the cooling system. If the coolant and transmission fluid both smelled...

Q: Shifting problems

You may have a clutch problem. Try shifting it through gears with the engine off. If it will shift with engine off, but not go into any gears when it's running, that indicates a clutch rather than a transmission issue....

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
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.