Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: it will start but wont move

asked by on

it first acted like the transmission was slipping than it just quit moving it will start but wont move it will jist rev like its in neutral and i looked at the drive shaft and it doesent look like it was turning eather idk what is wrong
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Pull the transmission fluid dipstick and in...

Pull the transmission fluid dipstick and inspect the fluid level and condition. Good fluid should be a pinkish color. If the fluid is brown/black and/or has a burnt odor to it, the transmission clutches may be worn to the point of not being able to put engine power to the wheels.

In rare instances, changing the transmission fluid and filter may help. It might be best to have your transmission diagnosed prior to doing that, as any number of components, such as the torque converter or solenoids within the transmission could have failed. Have the unresponsive acceleration problem inspected by a qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic.

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: What does flushing car fluids mean?

Flushing car fluids generally refers to having a sealed systems fluid completely replaced usually with the use of a machine that is capable of complete fluid exchange. Systems that are generally flushed in our modern vehicles include the coolant system,...

Q: My 2004 Chevy Cavalier is stuck in reverse but the stick still moves, what's wrong?

You most likely have a shift cable that came disconnected from the transmission or shifter lever due to a bad shift cable end bushing. Some cables you can install a new bushing and others you have to replace the cable...

Q: Car not running after throttle body with IAC valve replacement

Hi, thanks for writing in. I would recommend retracing your steps. You are definitely on the right track. It sounds like you did a good amount of work to your car, and it is likely that something may been skipped...

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...
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...