Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car moves in 1st gear and reverse but won't move in drive

asked by on

My car want move in drive but it will reverse and move in 1. Then I switch to drive after I get it to move an it goes
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello, first thing to check of course is fluid level. If the fluid level is low, any number of weird symptoms can occur. Your symptoms sound like the valve body may be sticking from a bit of grit or leaking valve, or the line pressure to the valve body may be low. To avoid any unnecessary repairs, I would recommend having the shifting issue inspected by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to diagnose this problem, get an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Transmission shifts only to first and second gear - 1994 Chevrolet C3500

It is possible you have a broken shift selector pin or shift fork (3rd/4thh gear). This needs a good look by a professional mechanic. A YourMechanic professional can help with this inability to shift issue.

Q: My 03 navigator leaked s brownish fluid and now it doesnt move

Hello, thank you for writing in. Due to the fluid found, we need to find and identify the cause of the leak first and foremost. This can be done by tracing it from where the fluid was found, or by...

Q: Low speed and delayed gear change

Your transmission is very likely the cause of your problems. The ABS light flashing may be its own issue, and if your main issue is transmission related, then I am almost certain it is. Electrical issues would be the only...

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...
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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.