Q: Q: Car won't change gears

asked by on

The car is very hard to press and the car won't change gears. It makes a strange sound when I attempt to put it into gear.

Hello. If the clutch pedal is hard to push, it sounds like there is something binding in the mechanical portion of clutch system. The binding could be the pressure plate, the throwout bearing or its guide, or the clutch fork. This will require a second person to visually check the slave applying pressure to the clutch fork, and see if it’s moving. If it’s not moving, it should be manually actuated. If it’s binding inside the bell housing, the transmission will have to be removed for inspection. You may need the aid of a mechanic to inspect the operation of the clutch.

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 won't change 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: SUV won't accelerate properly after 2 hours of driving

The CVT transmission on the vehicle may go into what is called 'transmission safe mode' if it is overheating. The safe mode will cause low engine power, and limited shifting of the CVT system. This could be caused by incorrect...

Q: Q: Transmission problems

Hello. It sounds like the clutch hydraulics have failed. These do not usually get replaced with the clutch unless there is a problem with them. Most of the time it is caused by a bad clutch master cylinder but it...

Q: Transmission 2003 Acura TL

Hello - the most common failure for this transmission involves 2nd gear, and inadequate internal lubrication to this gearset. There is a Honda Recall (#04V176000) that addresses this issue. The first task is to be sure this Recall repair has...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...
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...