Q: Q: Hard shifting.

asked by on

I seem to have a hard shift going into 3rd gear from 2nd. I have no idea what would cause this, and or if I can fix it. I've had the car for maybe 6 hours so I haven't driven it much except around the block when I experience the issue. Any idea what it could be?

My car has 147000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

This can be many possibilities as transmissions are very complex, however often times difficulty shifting into gears has to do with what are called synchros. These are fork like components inside a transmission, otherwise known as a synchronizer mechanism or synchromesh, which consists of a cone clutch and blocking ring. Before the teeth on the gears can engage, the cone clutch engages first, which brings the selector and gear to the same speed using friction. When the synchronizer mechanism is not working correctly, this will often times not allow shifting into certain gears. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home to diagnose this shifting issue and make necessary repairs.

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: Hard shifting.

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: I can't figure out how to get a quote for bolt repair on snapped idler pulley bolt on my 4 cylinder 98 ford contour

Hi there. As of right now, we don't have a specific service for completing this task. The best way to receive a price estimate for this is to begin by requesting a quote for the idler pulley replacement by clicking...

Q: Just had a transmision changed in a 2005 nissan maxima 3.5l now its slipping in and out of gear while driving causing rpms to jjum

Hello, thank you for writing in. Without knowing what sensor or what diagnostic code was pulled, it is difficult to say. That information will let you know what sensor needs to be looked at, which you can then just simply...

Q: Q: Why does my car go forward in reverse?

Hello, the automatic transmission has 3 systems; electronic, hydraulic, and mechanical. What describe could be an internal mechanical failure with transmission. There also could be a hydraulic failure internal with transmission creating only the forward gears circuit to operate. The...

Related articles

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...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.