Q: I put it in reverse and it went forward. I then put it in drive and it went in reverse. Why would this happen?

asked by on October 31, 2016

I put my car in reverse it went forward, I then put i then put it in drive and it went backwards. what would make that happen

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Check the shifter cable to the transmission and make sure that the cable is hooked up correctly. What seems to be happening is either the shifter cable is not attached to the transmission correctly or the valve body (transmission control module) has a major leak and needs repaired or replaced. If you need further assistance diagnosing your vehicle, then seek out a professional, such as one from YourMechanic, to pinpoint the cause of the shifting problem and advise you on repairs.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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

What others are asking

Problem with car dying

This is a sign of a failing idle air control valve. This is a unit that is located on or near your intake manifold that monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into...

How long can Chevrolet Equinox 2008 transmission last? What's max.year of durability& what could be the issue of it's breakage?

There is no set life span for the transmission. I have seen many go beyond 200,000 miles and not have an issue and others breakdown after the first week of ownership. The key is to follow the service manual for...

can a leaking manifold gasket cause an P0430 error code

Hi there. Unfortunately, the P0430 OBD-II trouble code is not something that would cause excessive coolant usage. The P0430 code is set when the ECU detects below threshold performance from the catalytic converter. The ECU monitors the catalytic converter closely...

My car is overheating, what could be the cause?

This can be caused by a number of things, such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know, the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning...

The key easily turns from lock all the way to the right with no resistance

The problem is not the ignition key cylinder but the ignition switch. If the internal steering column mechanism is broken, then it will not turn the ignition switch. The ignition switch will have to be removed to see if the...

I recently replaced the clutch plate of my Toyota Corolla Altis 2011. It is still very hard.

Hi Sahil. Thanks for contacting us today. If the clutch plate alone was replaced, it's possible that either the clutch is not correctly adjusted or the faulty component is something different. It's best practices to replace the entire clutch pack...

I want to upgrade 2016 sienna rear suspension. Is it possible?

Hi there. The OEM suspension systems on the Toyota Sienna are engineered for maximum stability for the load capacity of the vehicle. However, upgrading or adding stronger suspension components to the stock vehicle would come with several negative side effects...

How do you start the engine with the smart key system?

If your car is equipped with the smart key system, it means that you don’t have to use a key to crank the car. You have a start/stop switch. Using it for the first few times can be a little...

my car is having Weird cranking, grinding noise at start for few seconds when my car is cold

Is the grinding noise coming from the starter as it is being turned, or from the engine when it is starting up? The starter will grind when it is improperly installed, or it is broken and the gears are not...

Related articles

How to Drive a Manual Transmission Car Without Using the Clutch
Manual transmissions have a clutch that allows you to change gears when needed. There may come a time when your clutch fails while you're on the road.
2012 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2012 Toyota RAV4: Which One Should I Buy?
Mid-size crossover SUVs are an excellent option when you need to take several friends along with you, or bring your kids along and yet still need to keep a tight leash on your purchase cost as well as your ongoing...
How Does the Power Windows Auto-Reverse Safety Feature Work?
When When you roll up the power windows on your car, you can lift the power window switch and hold it until the window reaches the top. It only takes seconds but that can be a distraction for you as...