Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Gears will not engage.

asked by on

My first and second gear will not engage.

A: If your vehicle is a standard (manual) the ...

If your vehicle is a standard (manual) the shifter linkage is likely broken. There is a rod that engages 1-2 gears and often breaks. If you have an automatic trans, you could have internal transmission failure. A qualified technician such as one from YourMechanic can help you with diagnostics and repair.

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: A/C V-belt keeps going bad within six months.

Hi there. Check the angle of the V-belt as its mounted on the air conditioner pump. For the belt to burn off or decay that fast, either the belt is too tight, too loose, or the pulley is offset from...

Q: Car shuts off at idle

Hi, thanks for writing in. This is a sign of a failing idle air control valve. This is a unit that regulates the air flow into the engine as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the...

Q: Car starts and turns off

Hi there. If the engine is cranking over fine and it just will not start then I would start by cleaning out the throttle body. It is common for the throttle body to become dirty over time which can cause...

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...