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The gears in my car's transmission are out.

Hello, if is and automatic transmission, then the fluid level should be checked first. If the fluid level is low, it should be topped up to the full mark and see if operation returns to normal. If the fluid level is good and there is still no transmission engagement, it might be time to take it to transmission shop for diagnosis and possible rebuild. If this is a manual transmission, and when you depress the clutch it is not engaging the clutch, then you will want to check the clutch master cylinder fluid level. If the reservoir is empty, there is probably a leak present and that will have to be repaired before normal clutch engagement returns. If the reservoir is full, the clutch master cylinder or slave might have failed. If you can get it into gear and the engine revs up with any movement, you might need a clutch. If you’re not sure what action to take, an inspection of your transmission by a certified mechanic can let you know what actions are needed next.

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