Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

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?

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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. 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: My car has an oil leak, and might need a new timing belt and new water pump

Yes, it is definitely recommended that you replace the timing belt at the service interval or it may break at an inconvenient time. Since the water pump is driven by the timing belt, it's often recommended changing the water pump...

Q: Where is the transmission mount of the 1998 Toyota Camry located?

The mount is beneath the transaxle on the driver side. The Toyota OEM mount is recommended if you desire to replace this part. If you need help with this, please request engine/transaxle mount replacement and the responding certified mechanic will...

Q: 3 speed floor shifter won't go in reverse internally and it looks good.

Hi there. Either the shifter has a bent fork or the synchronizer on the reverse drive is damaged causing the reverse gear to not engage. I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.