Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I was stopped on the freeway, started to go about 5 mph, the car jerked and stop without warning like the wheels locked up.

asked by on

I was stopped on the freeway, started to go about 5 mph, the car jerked and stop without warning like the wheels locked up for about 3 minutes. Nothing happened, car wouldn't go, I put car in reverse it went then I put it in drive and it went . I was able to get off freeway and take the streets home. But it kept doing a jerking motion like it wanted to cut out again so when I would gain speed I put car in neutral and coast until needing to stop

My car has 87642 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi, thanks for writing in. I’d be happy to ...

Hi, thanks for writing in. I’d be happy to try to help. It is hard to definitively diagnose what the issue is. At first it seems like a transmission issue. Automatic transmissions are rather complicated and can do strange things when they malfunction. If not an issue with the transmission, you could also have a clutch issue. Always start by checking the simple components first. Check your transmission fluid level. Make sure your transmission filter is clean and debris free. When you have the transmission pan off, you can look and see if there are any metal shavings at the bottom. There is often a small magnet at the bottom of the pan designed to gather any metal shavings for a quick diagnosis. This is a sign of more serious transmission problems. Unless you have experience with automatic transmissions, it is not recommended that major repairs be done at home. I suggest taking your car to a transmission specialist for help.

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!

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: Engine slowly cranks but won't start, battery sign/engine maint lights up.

It is very possible that your alternator could be the cause of this issue. I would recommend getting a jump start and taking your vehicle up to the nearest auto parts store and have them test your battery and alternator...

Q: Why is my trip meter not working?

The trip odometer display typically allows you to track an A or B trip on a 2015 Dodge Avenger. If you've referred to your owner manual and followed the instructions for resetting the trip odometer, and it's not working, it's...

Q: Can I take the 4x4 off a regular cab truck same year and model and put on my dual cab truck?

Hi there. If the transmission is the same on the vehicle and the front differential is the same, then all of the parts should be able to transfer over. If the vehicle did not come with any 4WD components, then...

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 P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control 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...
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.