Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Engine dies and went to Neutral

asked by on

My car made a sound like metal hitting plastic. Then the engine died and it put itself into Neutral. Now, every time I turn it on, it sounds really bad.

A: From the information you have given and the...

From the information you have given and the knowledge I have I believe the starter or flywheel will be the problem. A starter at times will go bad and produce the exact noises you describe from it incorrectly engaging the flywheel. A damaged flywheel may also force a transmission into neutral if damaged badly enough. I suggest having a technician, such as the ones at YourMechanic, evaluate the vehicle and pay close attention to the starter and flywheel. It would be best to have them evaluate the vehicle firsthand for a proper diagnosis of the noise.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: The car has been sitting up for 15yr and jerks very hard after switching gears. It takes 30min to go 20mph.

This is often a sign of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission...

Q: battery tested fine, car won't start

One way to diagnose this is to use a voltmeter to check for battery voltage at the starter motor when the key is held in the "start" position. If there is power to the starter motor, and yet it doesn't...

Q: Coolant

Hi there. Thanks for writing in about the coolant issue with your 2000 Olds Alero. Coolant or radiator fluid circulated from the radiator to a pump and through the engine block to maintain a consistent temperature. The first thing you...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
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...