Q: Car jerks when shifting into reverse gear

asked by on

This doesn’t happen all the time, but sometimes when parking and I put my car into Reverse, it jolts/jerks. My car drives in reverse with no problems, but using the gear shift for Reverse is when it happens. Another difficulty is when I accelerate, the car does not normally increase speed until I have reached over 30 mph. Also when in Drive it’s the only one gear that never upshifts or downshifts. I’m thinking this means my car is in limp mode. What needs to be done to repair my car?

I think you are correct - the transmission is in "limp" mode. Have a professional mechanic check for problem codes to indicate what the fault might be. This is an important "next step" because that problem may not be with the transmission, but rather an engine management component. A YourMechanic professional can help with diagnosis of the code and proper repair of the issue.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car jerks when shifting into reverse gear

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: Issue regarding acceleration

The model, year, and engine would definitely be helpful in diagnosing this problem. If it is a newer vehicle, then it is most likely going into failure mode due to some internal failure with the car's computer and a computer...

Q: 2015 Fusion goes to high RPMs when shifting

Well, it's only a year and a half old so I'd be concerned about it. If you said you've just got it and you have a warranty, I would definitely take it back to where you got it and tell...

Q: 2005 Dodge Dakota 6cyl 3.7 litre with auto trans. 110k miles. Transmission slipping when shifting. varies directly with the amount

Unless the fluid is obviously contaminated, and thus there is a possibility of a blocked transmission filter, I wouldn't start the diagnostic with a fluid/filter change. Eventually, you should change the fluid and the filter but more likely causes of...

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 Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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.