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Q: Car not going into reverse

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My car will not go into reverse.

Hi. Shifting problems on modern automatic vehicles usually lead to a failing solenoid. If it’s a manual, it’s more likely a mechanical problem either in the linkage or internal trans parts. I suggest having a mechanic from YourMechanic inspect your shifting issue.

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