Q: Car not shifting correctly

asked by on

My car is not going into reverse. First gear is down where Reverse should be; Second is hard to get into. The tachometer works intermittently.

The gear shifting mechanism or cables are causing a problem due to a bad bushing, or lever out of adjustment. If all the cables and bushings are okay, then you possibly have an inside shift fork problem. The cables should be inspected before the inside transmission forks are looked at. I recommend having a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, determine the source and cause of your shifting issue, and recommend a path to repair.

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 shifting correctly

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: the car will not shift into any gear, but the gear shift moves

Hello, this transmission type has a shift cable that routes from the gear shift to the transmission. The shift cable assembly may be broken causing this issue, this will require an inspection to confirm this. If you'd like, a certified...

Q: Can you tell me how the tachcometer numbers correspond to how many miles one is driving? Thank you.

Hello. There are problems with trying to do this type of estimating of speed by a tachometer. The tachometer changes with gear and road speed. You could have someone cruise at certain speeds next to you or match speeds with...

Q: On highway,didn't know 4 hi was stuck on, weird smell, looked like gear oil or oil was leaking pretty good, seemed to stop in 2wd

Hello, thank you for writing in. Your vehicle is typically rear wheel drive, when you have it in 4-Hi then you are telling the front wheels to engage with the transmission. The fluid is then pressurized and the gears mesh...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...