Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car struggle in low gears.

asked by on

The transmission is having problems. It struggles in low gears and won't reverse when car is facing downhill.The system lights are also on.

The transmission needs to be checked for a leak and the cause of the low fluid. This is why it will not work on a hill. The transmission needs more fluid for reverse and low gears and if it is low on fluid will suck air and cause your issues. You say the system lights are on but do not specify what light. The transmission being low on fluid or a sensor issue will turn on check engine lights and will need to be scanned for codes and diagnosed by a qualified mechanic like one from Your Mechanic.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car struggle in low gears.

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: Key does not turn and steering wheel locked.

The first thing I would recommend is to try turning the wheel and the key at the same time. Sometimes it is possible for the steering lock to bind the ignition cylinder. Turning the wheel away from the lock can...

Q: When moving the shifter in reverse, it won't engage

Yes, your description is that of a common problem. The issue usually results from a clutch being out of adjustment. The adjustment that you likely need is known as the clutch actuator adjustment. To adjust the clutch, the technician must loosen...

Q: Car shaking and trying to stall.

It sounds as though you have multiple problems. The shaking when braking is almost definitely warped brake rotors. Resurfacing, or replacing the brake rotors, as well as replacing the pads, should solve this. The jerking and lack of power under...

Related articles

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...
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 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.