Q: have a 96 miata that i am trying to restore. It will not go into reverse nor will it shift it second gear when driving. It is an a

asked by on January 02, 2018

the car will not go into reverse nor shift into second gear when driving

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi Tim. Thanks for sending your question to us today. There could be a few different issues causing this problem, ranging from a damaged shift solenoid to an obstruction of debris inside the transmission hydraulic lines. A blown inner seal can also create these shifting symptoms. If you’re restoring the Miata, it’s probably best to remove the transmission and have it rebuilt anyway - as inner transmission damage will likely occur sooner than later if not rebuilt.

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