Q: Car not shifting when running

asked by on

My car starts, but will not shift into any gear. Once I turn it off though, it will shift into gear.

You have not stated whether this is a automatic or manual transmission. This information would make a big difference. If the car is a manual then the most likely cause is a clutch issue. If the car is a automatic then the most common issue is an electronic issue. A qualified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, will be able to diagnose your transmission and perform any repairs required to get you back on the road.

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 when running

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: Q: Car not starting or turning over

Hello, electrical testing of the starter will need to be performed. I assume that you are referring to a short in the wiring between the ignition switch and the starter. With the concern reproducible, it will be easier to find...

Q: My 2004 mitsubishi dalmante will start but wont go into gear

Hello, thank you for writing in. Transmissions tend to show these types of issues when the transmission fluid is low, contaminated, or burnt. You should start with checking and changing the fluid first. From there look into transmission solenoids, the...

Q: Opinion about buying a 2001 Chevy Silverado with 190,000 miles

If it's the original owner's car, then he got his money worth with it. 190,000 miles and he didn't have to put engines or transmission or AC compressors. Even if he did, he still got his money worth. If you...

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.