Q: Car won't accelerate

asked by on December 28, 2016

I am able to change gears in my car but if i put the car in first gear the car won't accelerate. It feels like the car is stuck in neutral. I experienced some problems the day before, I would be in 4th gear and I wasn't able to accelerate and it felt like something was stuck because I was able to rev the engine but the car wasn't going anywhere. I don't know what caused it and now I can't drive my car.
My car has a manual transmission.

Not moving when in gear with a manual transmission is usually an indication of a clutch issue. Other mechanical issues within the transmission are possible as well. If the clutch disc is badly worn, this can make it not only difficult to shift gears but the vehicle may not move even if you can shift it into any gear. Does the shifter move easily between gears when the engine is off ? If it does, then most likely it is a worn clutch issue. I realize the vehicle is a 2015 so it is relatively new, but clutch wear is like brake pad wear. There is no set time of mileage that they will last. It has more to do with the driving conditions and habits. I have seen clutch wear within hundreds of miles due to the driver, and I’ve seen clutches go hundreds of thousands of miles.

have a certified technician look into why the vehicle will not move to find the exact cause.

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

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

My car has a throttle position sensor issue so I replaced the entire throttle body and the light came back on. Any ideas?

There is a relearn/calibration procedure that is typically performed whenever the throttle position sensor is replaced. If that procedure was not performed, it might be relevant in your case. The code (P0121) that you are referring to implicates not just...

Why would my Durango increase RPMS while slowing down?

It sounds like you may have a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and...

Car won't start

The battery may be discharged due to the alarm going off for a long time. You can use a voltmeter to get a rough idea of the battery's condition but technically a load test should be performed on the battery....

Related articles

2012 Toyota Highlander vs. 2012 Dodge Durango: Which One Should I Buy?
Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are a fun class of vehicle: not only are they great for carpools and moving around friends and family, but you can also get them off-road and just get dirty and have fun with them. These...
2012 Ford Mustang vs. 2012 Dodge Charger: Which One Should I Buy?
Technically these two vehicles have wildly different classifications: compact for the Ford Mustang and large car for the Dodge Charger. However, who would consider either one anything other than a muscle car? These cars are meant for speed, fun, and...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re a Vet
The The best car for a vet to own largely depends on the type of practice he or she has. Large animal vets are probably going to want something that delivers a fair bit of power, and possibly even towing...