Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car only drives in reverse.

asked by on

When I put my car in drive, it does not move. It sits as if it is in park and only moves when in reverse.

Sounds like you are having transmission issues. Low fluid levels in the transmission can cause issues like this. The problem is not all cars have easily accessible ways of checking the fluid. You can check your owners manual to see if your transmission has a dip stick that is easily accessible. If it does, it should have instructions on how to check the fluid. Most of the time the car needs to be running to do this. If the fluid levels are fine, then you might have some burn clutches. If that is the case, your transmission will more than likely need to be rebuilt. Definitely not something I would suggest anybody without proper training take a shot at, so seeking an inspection by a mechanic is advised.

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 failed, what are the options?

Without knowing the reason behind the failure, it is impossible to assess future failures. Is there anything you can do? Yes! For your part, be aware of any recognizable signs that you may have noticed prior to the failure of...

Q: Just changed oil,how do you make change oil light go away?

To reset the oil change reminder light on your vehicle: Turn the ignition key to the run position, do not start the vehicle. Press the gas pedal fully 3 times within 10 seconds. Turn the ignition to the off position....

Q: Car stays cool while idling but once you start driving it it starts to overheat.

If the cooling fan is too small for the engine, then it may be enough to cool it at idle but not at higher engine speeds. Make sure you are not running under drive pulleys. You can check the coolant...

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...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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.