Q: Car not reversing, but going into forward.

asked by on

My car does not go into reverse even though it goes into forward fine.

Hello, the transmission your car is equipped with has a dedicated band that locks up to one of the drums to make the trans rotate in reverse. This band is only applied in reverse and manual low (putting the shifter in gear 1). Reverse is a mechanical gear and has no solenoids involved. The hydraulic fluid is applied to a piston inside, that is connected to one end of the band. Fluid fills the chamber where the piston is located and applies pressure to the band. The band has pressure on one side and locks on the other tightening around the drum causing the gear to rotate in a reverse direction. There is the possibility that the piston has an internal leak, letting fluids bypass the piston and not engaging reverse. It is possible the rod between the piston and band fell out or the band is broken. You may need to enlist the aid of a mechanic to do an inspection of your gears. It may be necessary to have the trans removed to repair the band.

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 not reversing, but going into forward.

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: Quantity of atf fluid for the transmission

Hello. If your ATF dipstick has marks on it, you can use those marks as a guide to re-fill it. The marks may designate "cold" and "hot" fluid levels. Best to check it cold, and then check later after a...

Q: Q: Car will not move

Hello, thank you for writing in. While these issues are frustrating, it is best to take this kind of diagnosis step by step. The most common cause of these symptoms is low transmission fluid. The automatic transmission relies on the...

Q: Q: Lights out on dash

Hello, thank you for writing in. The dashboard lights have a dimmer switch that you need to double check is not turned down. The switch can also fail causing this issue. If equipped, you can test the switch for power...

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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
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.