Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car's reverse gear solely working 2006 Cadillac XLR

asked by on

The other day, I was in the parking lot and about to back out and continue driving. After I put it in reverse and backed out, I put the car in drive and applied the gas pedal. However, the car started going in reverse again instead of forward. At that point, only the reverse was working and I had the car towed home. What could cause this?

A: It is possible the shift cable broke after ...

It is possible the shift cable broke after you selected "Reverse". if so, regardless of what you do with the shifter, the transmission is in Reverse. Have a professional mechanic, like YourMechanic, confirm this diagnosis, and replace the cable at your home or office.

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: I've filled my washer fluid up but the light saying it's low is still on

The low fluid sensor is mounted inside the washer tank. The sensor may have been contaminated with different typed of cleaning fluids or contacts blocked with debris. I would recommend cleaning out washer tank and sensor to see if this...

Q: Top makes high-pitched noise when moved - 2004 Cadillac XLR

This is probably the correct advice. The retractable top pump and fluid reservoir is behind a carpeted panel (left, rear trunk area). Your Owners Manual should show the reservoir (Max/Min marks) and indicate the correct GM fluid to top it...

Q: rotary clicking while driving all the time. 2010 Cadillac DTS

Hey there. This is a common issue on the Cadillac DTS and is often times linked to the CV joints and axle boots. Check the rubber boots for these to be sure they are not torn or full of dirt....

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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...