Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Transmission problems

asked by on

I put my car in drive and it goes nowhere so I restart then it works fine what make this happen My car has a problem when I put it in drive I rim motor up and it jumps in to gear very hard like boom or bang.

My car has 89000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. From what you describe it would appear that you are experiencing some sort of potentially serious transmission issues. The symptoms you describe can be caused by many things. The first thing I would do is check to make sure that the vehicle’s transmission fluid is at the proper level and not excessively dirty or contaminated. The transmission fluid for this vehicle can be checked with the fill/check hole mounted on the side of the transmission. If the fluid is low or dirty it may affect the operation of the transmission, as it operates using fluid pressure. Other possibilities are issues with one or more of the transmission sensors or solenoids, such as a pressure sensor or shift solenoid. These sorts of components control the transmission shift points and can cause an issue if one or more of them experience a malfunction. It may also be possible that there is some sort of internal transmission issue, perhaps in the form of a bad torque converter or transmission gear. If the check engine or power train light is on then retrieving the trouble codes may shed some light on what the issue may be. As these sorts of issues can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, I would recommend having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to diagnose what the issue may be.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Transmission problems

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: RPMs drop to zero (typically on acceleration). Usually come back up and belt squealing sound is heard; sometimes engine shuts down

Hello. We will be happy to assist you. You most likely have a stuck pulley along the serpentine belt routing. My first guess would be the power steering pump because it is leaking fluid so that is the component I...

Q: High pitch squeal right side

There are a number of things that could make an engine noisy when starting up. Depending on the specific type of sound you are referring to, this will determine how to properly diagnose. If there is a bit of a...

Q: 2011 Jeep Patriot running rough

There are a lot of things that can do that. It's a Jeep. The first thing I would advise you to do is to have a mechanic like myself, or the guys from YourMechanic.com, come and analyze it, put on...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...
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...