Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: it is not shifting right. like its not engaging or something

asked by on

Ok so, i have a 1997 Dodge Ram 4x4 with a 5.2L V8 automatic. And i just replaced the transmission, but i haven't been able to drive it yet because for some reason when i go from (P)park to (R)reverse and then (N)nutural to (D)drive then (2nd) to (1st) it shifts WAY to easy. And doesn't feel like its really shifting at all. But all of the linkages are hooked up tho. And then i go to put it all the way back up to (P)park it makes a clunking sound each time that i shift it back up to (P)park. And it sounds like the clunking noise is on the firewall like behind the steering column. Do you have any idea what it could be? Please let me know. Thank you!

My car has 333330 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Have someone look at the shift linkage on t...

Have someone look at the shift linkage on the steering column in the engine compartment when you shift through the gears. It sounds like one of the shift rods may have come off or the shift tube in the column is broken. The link rods all have plastic retainers and one of the rods may have a bad retainer. If the shift lever does not move on the column the it is internal of the column on shift tube. If the shift linkage moves fully and is moving the transmission through the gears then check the lever on the transmission is tight. If it is, then the problem is inside the transmission and the pan would need to be removed to see what came loose. If you are continuing to have problems or would like to have this checked, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your car's location to diagnose your shifting problem.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Regularly maintenanced car has progressive power loss - 1997 Toyota Supra

Check the basics - check compression and engine tune. Check for a dirty air filter, dirty fuel filter, proper fuel pressure, clogged exhaust or catalytic converter. A YourMechanic professional can help with the diagnosis of your vehicle's loss of power...

Q: Car starts and runs for 30 seconds before dying. A whistle noise comes from coil pack and air is coming out

Hi there. It sounds like the intake manifold seal is leaking around where the coil pack is located at. Check the intake mounting bolts. See if the bolts are tight, and if they are loose, then tighten them up. ...

Q: Truck is turning over but won't start.

This may be related to many different possibilities, some of which may be related to a lack of spark and some of which may be related to a fuel delivery problem or a combination of both. For example, if the...

Related articles

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...
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.
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.