Q: Car starts fine, but won't shift into Drive

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Today after my car started just fine, I shifted into Drive and then removed my foot from the brake and gently pressed on the gas pedal. The car didn’t budge. I tried all the other gears: neutral, reverse, lower gears - none of them worked. I returned to Drive and gently pressed on the accelerator - still nothing. I tried accelerating again and suddenly the car jolted into Drive. After that, everything seemed to be okay. It has been a long time since the transmission fluid was changed. Do you think that is what caused the shifting problem or something else?

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