Q: Q: Car will not move

asked by on

I have a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta. When I turn the car on, it starts and sounds perfectly fine. When I put the car in Drive, or reverse or 3,2,1, it doesn't move. The engine revs as I push gas pedal and RPM goes up but car doesn't attempt to move. Then when I put it back in park, there is a loud clicking, grinding sound as if something is caught somewhere. Never happened before. I have no idea what the issue can be because it's my first car. Please help.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello, thank you for writing in. While these issues are frustrating, it is best to take this kind of diagnosis step by step. The most common cause of these symptoms is low transmission fluid. The automatic transmission relies on the fluid to be pressurized, and if the fluid and pressure are low, the transmission will not function. You can start by checking the level and adding some if low. However, this means there is a leak in the system, and you will need to find and resolve that leak. If the transmission fluid is full, then you have to check the linkage that connects the shifter to the transmission. This is located on the exterior of the transmission, and we can make sure the vehicle is actually going into drive, reverse, or the other drive gears. Due to the complexity of automatic transmissions beyond these two tests, you may want to seek professional help. For more help with diagnostics and resolving the issue, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

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. Q: Car will not move

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 acting up after tune-up.

The first step is to check the transmission fluid. This is done with the engine running at operating temperature. If the transmission fluid level is OK, there is an internal problem with you transmission. I suggest having your Jeep inspected...

Q: car shakes only between 35-40 mph

Hello. Most of the time when you get a vibration at a higher speed such as this it is caused by a balance issue. The tire balance can be off or one of the tires may be slightly out of...

Q: 2014 volkswagen jetta ac and heater stopped working

This may be related to a faulty blower motor or blower motor relay. Occasionally, the blower motor itself will wear out or become faulty working intermittently as the brush contacts inside the motor wear out. The blower motor relay supplies...

Related articles

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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
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.