Q: Q: Car won't shift gears

asked by on

My van was acting like it wasn't shifting gears. Then when we pulled over, and it started leaking transmission fluid. Now it won't go.

Two scenarios: the leak developed as you were driving. It only takes the loss of 2 quarts before the transmission starts to act up. There is about 13 quarts of fluid though. The location of the leak needs to be determined. Some examples of leaks that happen quickly would be the axle seals, a blown cooler hose, or the cooler itself. The other option is that the transmission was overheated. It would not shift correctly when hot. When you pulled over the fluid ran out of the vent. Either way, I would have this issue inspected. I would recommend having a transmissions fluid service as soon as possible to help solve your gear shifting issue.

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 shift 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: What does it mean if cylinder 2 and 6 are not firing and it is not the plug, plug wire, or coil because they have all been changed.

Hello. If the misfires are continuing to occur and the ignition parts are good then it may be a faulty fuel injector or an issue within the engine. I usually do a compression test first. By doing this I would...

Q: Getting harder to shift into first gear. Car sometimes shutters when accelerating in first.

This may suggest the transmission synchros may be wearing out. Your transmission has small gear synchronizer rings that help to move the transmission in and out of the various gears. When these begin to wear out, you may notice it...

Q: Car clicking and squealing until I push brakes.

Hello, brakes being one of the most important systems on a car, this should be addressed sooner rather than later. If you're not sure about inspecting the brakes yourself, you should enlist the aid of a mechanic for a diagnosis...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...