Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Does not go into gear. 2002 Dodge Stratus

asked by on

While driving down the highway the car stopped responding to the accelerator as acted like it was in neutral. Further attempts yield the same result and car will not go into drive or reverse. Only trouble code is p0403. Checked transmission fluid level, it's dirty but full. Beside faulty transmission what could be causing this?

My car has 19400 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello. The code you are getting is for the ...

Hello. The code you are getting is for the EGR system not having good flow. That would not typically cause this drivability issue. From your explanation of the symptoms most of the time these can all stem from a failure of the catalytic converter. If it fails it will clog the exhaust which will cause this to occur. It does sound like it can be a transmission issue also. I usually remove the transmission pan to see if there is metal or other debris in the fluid. If there is, then there is a transmission failure. If you want to have this checked, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose the acceleration problem and assist with repairs.

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

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: How Long Does Transmission Fluid Last?

The best guideline for when to change automatic transmission fluid comes from the manufacturer of the transmission itself. The owner’s manual for each vehicle provides the recommended mileage intervals for service. Typical recommendations generally range from 30,000 to 60,000 miles....

Q: Headlights and turn signals don't work

Your Dakota's headlight and turn signal issues could stem from the multifunction switch on your steering column, which controls the turn signals and high beam input. Another possibility is the Front Area Module, which controls all of your exterior lights;...

Q: Car keeps stalling and there is a pulling feeling when driving

This is a common sign of a failing throttle position sensor. The throttle position sensor (TPS) is a sensor used to monitor the throttle position of a vehicle. The sensor is usually located on the butterfly spindle/shaft so that it...

Related articles

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
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...