Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car jerking and dying.

asked by on

The car starts, but when you put it into drive or reverse it dies with a jerking motion.

A: Hi. Your car is equipped with a torque conv...

Hi. Your car is equipped with a torque converter clutch that allows the converter to lock to the speed of the flywheel which increases fuel efficiency. This is only to occur at highway speeds when the vehicle is cruising. The issue with your vehicle is that the converter clutch is staying engaged. When this occurs it is almost like popping the clutch on a manual transmission vehicle and the engine stalling. Either the converter itself is failing or there is a problem with the circuit that controls is. You should enlist the help of a transmission shop that can diagnose the vehicle properly.

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: I hear a bird chirping type noise (or metal-on-metal) when accelerating

Hi there. The metal-to-metal sound coming from an engine during acceleration is commonly due to low oil levels. The sound is caused by the valves or cylinder head hardware clanking due to reduced oil pressure or improper lubrication. However, there...

Q: My car jerks when decelerating from what seems to be 4th gear to 3rd.

You need to have the codes scanned by a professional with a scan tool for the transmission computer. The codes may give you an indication if the sensor is not performing correctly. If it is not a sensor malfunctioning (like...

Q: Brake booster modification

Hi there. Anything is possible in regards to modifying your vehicle's brake booster to a universal brake booster. It would require fabrication and a lot of knowledge about the original brake booster's specifications. No easy task. I would not recommend...

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...